Princess Diana was truly one of a kind.
She was the "People's Princess", and there hasn't been anybody quite like her since her tragic death in 1997.
Diana's memory is still fondly remembered to this very day, and her son's William and Harry consistently pay tribute to their mom.
But William has ruffled some feathers recently after saying she would have been a "nightmare" grandma.
Keep scrolling to find out more...
Diana Frances Spencer was born on the first of July, 1961.
via: Getty ImagesShe lived her formative years on the beautiful Sandringham Estate, a property her family actually rented from the royals.
She was a member of the aristocracy, but she still had a fairly normal childhood...
via: Getty ImagesAnd she was often described as shy, kind, and was more creative than academically intelligent. She worked a range of fairly regular jobs in her youth, including working as a teacher at a preschool.
As a teenager, Diana struggled to find her place in the world...
via: Getty ImagesShe lived in London and worked a series of fairly low-paying jobs - although her mom did buy her a flat of her own for her eighteenth birthday, so she wasn't doing too badly.
But, in 1977, Diana met Prince Charles.
via: Getty ImagesHere's a little known fact about the pair's relationship... before dating Diana, Charles had actually been dating her big sister, Sarah. Diana and Charles's relationship was pretty formal in the beginning, with her reportedly calling him "sir" throughout their courtship.
Nonetheless, things moved pretty fast...
via: Getty ImagesAnd after meeting only twelve times, Charles proposed to Diana. The pair announced their engagement in February 1981 and during the broadcast, many remember Charles being oddly reluctant to say he was in love with Diana.
The two married on 29th July 1981 at St. Paul's Cathedral.
via: Getty ImagesThe wedding was watched by over 750 million people around the world, including Diana's three-and-a-half-minute walk down the aisle.
Soon after, the pair welcomed a baby into the world...
via: Getty ImagesThe two announced their pregnancy just four months after tying the knot, and, on June 21st of 1982, they welcomed Prince William into the world- the future King of England.
Soon after, Diana fell pregnant again...
via: Getty ImagesAnd Prince 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.
But in spite of the neglect Diana experienced during her marriage...
via: Getty ImagesOne thing that she 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 and normality 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" for her kindness to others.
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's 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 - resulting in an array of mental health problems.
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 regardless of the snobbery, Diana seemed happier than ever with her new partner.
But on 31 August 1997, tragedy struck the pair...
via: Getty ImagesThe car that the two 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 of 1997.
via: Getty ImagesIt garnered viewing figures of over thirty-two million in the U.K., and millions of others worldwide, breaking all viewing records up to that point.
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.
Prince William and Prince Harry have never forgotten their mother...
via: Getty ImagesAnd her tragic death only made them admire her more and become more like her.
Over the years, the princes have ensured Diana's memory hasn't been forgotten...
Prince William featured a TV documentary back in 2017...
via: Getty ImagesAnd he spoke candidly of Diana and how it pains him that she will never meet her grandchildren.
William has ensured his children know all about their grandma.
via: Getty Images"It’s hard because obviously didn’t know her, so she cannot really provide that—that level of detail," he said. “So, I do [when] regularly putting George or Charlotte to bed, talk about her and just try and remind them that there are two grandmothers, there were two grandmothers in their lives, and so it’s important that they know who she was and that she existed."
But when he was asked about what type of grandma Diana would be...
via: Getty ImagesHe replied with, "nightmarish."
But not to worry!
She would have been the perfect grandma.
via: Getty ImagesKeep scrolling to see all of the times that Kate Middleton twinned perfectly with Princess Diana...