Unseen footage of Princess Diana and a 3-year-old Prince William has been circulating around social media today, and it's left people totally and utterly heartbroken...
The video has solicited a strong reaction.
Now, Princess Diana and her untimely death are a hugely sensitive topic for many...
via: Getty ImagesAnd we all know that her marriage into the royal family was far from easy. It’s no secret that, behind the palace’s closed doors, Charles and Diana were notoriously unhappy.
Nonetheless, things between the pair moved pretty fast.
via: Getty ImagesAfter meeting only twelve times, Charles proposed to Diana, and the pair hastily announced their engagement in February 1981. During the broadcast, many remember Charles being oddly reluctant to say he was in love with Diana.
They married on 29th July 1981 at St. Paul's Cathedral.
via: Getty ImagesThe wedding - including Diana's 3-and-a-half-minute walk down the aisle - was watched by over 750 million people around the world.
Soon after, the pair welcomed a baby into the world.
via: Getty ImagesThey announced their pregnancy just 4 months after tying the knot, and, on June 21st of 1982, they welcomed Prince William into the world.
Soon after, Diana fell pregnant again.
via: Getty ImagesPrince Harry was born on 15th September 1984. However, although they were keeping up appearances, all wasn't quite so sunny in the relationship between Charles and Diana.
In spite of their marital difficulties, though ...
via: Getty ImagesOne thing Diana was absolutely dedicated to was being a mother. She had strong ideas about how she wanted her kids to be raised, often giving them more freedom than traditional royal heirs.
Diana was also known for her extensive charity work.
via: Getty ImagesShe was determined to use her massive platform to better the world and dedicated her life to many noble causes, including the land mine crisis.
She also made world news when she shook hands with an AIDS sufferer.
via: Getty ImagesUnlike the typical Royal wife, Diana was dead set on doing work for herself and for the betterment of the world, earning her the nickname "The People's Princess."
Her independence was likely a factor in the breakdown of her marriage with Charles.
via: Getty ImagesOn top of Diana's refusal to sacrifice her identity for the sake of her title, she and Charles also had a thirteen year age gap, which seemingly started to become a problem. Charles was also in a long-standing affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles, even wearing cufflinks she bought him on his honeymoon with Diana.
Camilla was even at Diana and Charles' wedding.
via: Getty ImagesAccording to many sources, Diana was aware of the affair, and it was something that continually made her feel inadequate and unconfident throughout her marriage.
Charles and Diana eventually split in 1996.
via: Getty ImagesAnd, by 1997, Diana was dating business mogul and son of Harrods owner, Dodi Fayed. Many speculated that the relationship was controversial to the royal family due to the fact that Fayed was a Muslim.
But on 31 August 1997, tragedy struck.
via: Getty ImagesThe car that the pair were traveling in through the Pont L'Alma tunnel in Paris suffered a horrendous crash, which was fatal for both Diana and Dodi, plus their driver, Henri Paul.
Diana was taken to the nearby Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
via: Getty ImagesThe exact cause of the crash has long been up for debate, with some questioning the sobriety of the driver, and others blaming the irresponsible driving of paparazzi photographers.
Diana's death was mourned around the world.
via: Getty ImagesThe totally unexpected nature of her passing, alongside the fact that she was such a well-liked public figure, made her death and funeral into something of a media circus.
Diana's funeral was televised and held on September 6th, 1997.
via: Getty ImagesIt garnered viewing figures of over thirty-two million in the U.K, breaking all viewing records up to that point. Millions more watched around the world.
It seemed almost like a double tragedy...
via: Getty ImagesBecause, alongside the world losing a real force for good, 2 young boys were left without their mother.
And, fast forward to today, the world still hasn't forgotten the accident.
via: Getty ImagesIn 2017, the streets of London were paved with tributes to the late Diana to honor the twentieth anniversary of her death.
And over the years, William and Harry have ensured Diana's memory hasn't been forgotten...
via: Getty ImagesThey regularly speak fondly of their late mom, who would have now been a grandmother to 4 grandchildren.