10 reasons Princess Diana is still an inspiration to every woman, in her own words
Born to John Spencer and Frances Roche, Princess Diana got married to Prince Charles at the age of 22 under the watchful eyes of the public at large.
However, without being affected by the frenzy around her, she continued living a life of silent accomplishments and successfully etched a permanent memory in the hearts of people through her work and endearing persona.
It was her boldness that spoke louder than her voice, her dedication to bring about change in the world and her defiance against patriarchal norms that make her an inspiring woman to look at.
Her death left a sudden void in the world, but her presence continues to linger with the lessons of her life that can be aptly put to use even in today's time and age.
Here are 10 reasons why we consider Princess Diana as an inspiration even today and why's she more than the fashionista image that the world looks at.
#10 "People think that, at the end of the day, a man is the only answer. Actually, a fulfilling job is better for me”
Despite marrying into the British royal family, Diana strongly believed that marriage in no way defined a woman’s life. After her public fallout with her husband, she refused to remain quiet about it and spoke openly about her stranded relationship with Prince Charles – in the face of the Royal family expectations who wanted her to remain quiet.
#9 "From now on, I am going to own myself and be true to myself. I no longer want to live someone else's idea of what and who I should be. I am going to be me"
After her divorce, Diana chose to live her life unabashedly and on her own terms without letting the dictates of the Royal family hold her back. She did something that no woman in the royal family has done in the twentieth century; she called the monarch to account for the sorrows inflicted upon her during their marriage.
#8 "I want my boys to have an understanding of people's emotions, their insecurities, people's distress, and their hopes and dreams"
Being the royal princess did not deter her from trying to create balance between work and family. All her work was scheduled to accommodate time she ensured was spent with her two boys – Princes William and Harry. Like every independent woman’s struggle, she strived towards attaining excellence in both her personal and professional life.
#7 "HIV does not make people dangerous to know, so you can shake their hands and give them a hug. Heaven knows they need it.”
Against the wishes of the monarch, she worked tirelessly towards the causes she believed in. Princess Diana dedicated her whole life to raise awareness about leprosy and AIDS and spoke openly about mental health issues like depression, bulimia, and self-harm.
#6 "Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you"
Her persistent campaign against anti-personnel landmines ensured the signing of the Ottawa Treaty that imposed an international ban on their use.
#5 "I don't go by the rule book... I lead from the heart, not the head"
Much to the amusement of her beloved followers, Diana did not take herself too seriously. Vivacious, bubbly and funny, she always cracked a joke about herself, sharing a hearty laugh about it with others. Thus displaying a tremendous amount of confidence and sense of inner security that was palpable.
#04. "I think the biggest disease the world suffers from in this day and age is the disease of people feeling unloved"
She continued to fascinate people with her charm extraordinaire and build her life post the much public estrangement with Prince Charles. Without much support, she raised herself up again and showed how gritty and determined she was.
#3 "I like to be a free spirit. Some don't like that, but that's the way I am"
As her brother recalled during her funeral service, "Diana was the very essence of compassion, of duty, of style, of beauty...she needed no royal title to continue to generate her particular brand of magic."
#2 "I don't want expensive gifts; I don't want to be bought. I have everything I want. I just want someone to be there for me, to make me feel safe and secure."
She was fierce. Bold. Unrelenting and was fearless in the face of trouble. She was known as the people’s princess for her empathetic nature and candor that was a rarity in the royal family.
#1 "The kindness and affection from the public have carried me through some of the most difficult periods, and always your love and affection have eased the journey."
Most importantly, she followed her heart and did exactly what she wanted without ever feeling the need to amend her ways or bend in order to accommodate the expectations of others.
What do you think? Do you regard Princess Diana as a role-model for today’s women? Share your why and why not’s with us in the comment section below.