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Transcript of Princess Diana
Diana, Princess of Wales
Princess Diana Spencer was famous around the globe for a multitude of reasons one being for her charity work. In her role as Princess of Wales, Spencer served for and sponsored multiple charities. This work required her to travel abroad, visit hospitals, and to enter areas laden with landmines. Although the press had a multitude of negative impacts on her life, it also had shown light on the charities she supported. I have always enjoyed helping others and I chose to write about Spencer because she shared the same passion. Her work with charities inspired thousands to join in on important causes around the world.
Spencer's work along with her ups and downs in life that make up her story can be applied to the multitude of steps within the Hero's Journey.
Before she was known as princess, Diana lived a quiet life. She was one of four children in Lord and Lady Spencer's family. Her academic career was at best mediocre. Spencer's interests in school died out early on, "Diana became bored with academics and dropped out of West Health at the age of 16" ("Diana, Princess of Wales"). After finishing school she took up a position as a kindergarten teacher’s helper. She expressed an interest in helping others at a young age.
The Call to Adventure
Although the Spencer family was in close contact with the Royal family, Lady Diana had never developed a relationship with Prince Charles until she was in her late teens. He was 13 years her minor and had regarded her as a playmate for her younger brothers. After meeting Diana for a second time on vacation, he remarked, "What a very jolly and amusing and attractive 16-year-old" (Junior 90). Their relationship began when Diana was 19. At this time, she was still holding a position as a kindergarten helper and the prince was tending to his royal duties. Charles proposed to Diana at private dinner in February of 1981 before she left for a holiday in Australia.
After returning from her trip to Australia, Spencer replied to Prince Charles proposal with a yes. Spencer was in love and she was overwhelmed with excitement," Diana's immediate reaction to Charles proposal was pure undulated excitement. She could hardly contain it" (Junior 109). She claimed to her friends it was the first time in her life that she had ever felt stable. Spencer had no idea how becoming princess world change her image and have such a crucial impact on the world around her.
Accepting the Call
Entering The Unknown
Master of Two Worlds
Spencer was moved out of her London flat and into the palace shortly after the engagement. Upon her arrival, she was taught royal protocol. She was instructed by the queen mother and was observed by the royal family in the months leading up to the wedding. Before the engagement she was unknown by the world, Spencer suddenly became the topic of conversation around the world and later her wedding TV audience attracted 750 million viewers. In the first biography concerning Diana, Junior states, "Diana had provided the world with a fairy tale come true" (154).
After her marriage, Spencer took up humanitarian activities and was known for traveling to foreign countries, hospitals, and landmine zones in support of victims. As her marriage continued Spencer was followed more excessively by the press, leading to her absence from travel and public outings. This bothered her she did not want to be a fragile princess like those before her she wanted to volunteer and travel to serve for others. On one occasion, she was quoted as saying, "I don't just want to be a name on a letterhead" ("Diana, Princess of Wales"). As Spencer became adapted to the press she revamped her public outings and packed on the public service and charity efforts.
In the early 1990s Spencer's marriage was at stake the press honed in and began to track her down more severely. Although she had faced problems with the press before this time she encountered them on her foreign travels and they would sleep outside her home a hotel on some occasions. Spencer was incredibly concerned about her work at this time, "I wanted to give 110% to my work, and I could only give 50. I was constantly tired, exhausted, because the pressure was just, it was so cruel" (“Panorama Princess Diana Interview with Martin Bashir "). This was all happening at a time when Spencer was supporting her most notable charities such as the Landmines and Explosive Remnants of War and Prisoners’ Families. Even though many people accused her of using charity to better her image Diana denied these remarks and continued her work using the courage she had gained from previous press issues.
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Through completing this project, I found out before her death, Spencer planed on becoming an ambassador for Great Britain. When she applied for the position as ambassador, she was only to be turned down by the government. During my research, I learned that while Spencer had always appeared to be a strong and determined person she was awfully insecure and weary. Spencer was dreadfully ill with depression due to her failing marriage. To help others she became a patron of a marriage counseling agency in Britain, so that she could offer advice to women in the same situation. I was capable to see that even though Spencer had multiple circumstances in her life that hindered her she was able to persevere and rein as a strong and successful female leader. Moving forward I will try my hardest to treat everyone I encounter with kindness and respect, because I can never know what those people are going through in their own lives.
After her divorce from Prince Charles, Spencer continued with her extensive charity work. Although she could not return to her ordinary world, Spencer used her lessons learned to benefit herself and those she cared about. At this point, she at last had learned how she could use the press to her benefit. In one Interview she remarked, "As I have all this media interest, let's not just sit in this country and be battered by it. Let's take them, these people, out to represent this country and the good qualities of it abroad" (“Panorama Princess Diana Interview with Martin Bashir "). She was finally able to get the press to help spread the idea for people to get involved in charity.
From the beginning of Prince Charles and Spencer's relationship, Queen Elisabeth II supported Spencer and her decisions. She instructed and helped Spencer get to her feet when she entered the palace. As Spencer branched out with her charity efforts and work, the Queen offered her experienced advice to guide her in the right direction. Upon Diana's death the Queen stated on television, "I want to pay tribute to Diana myself. She was an exceptional and gifted human being" ("Diana, Princess of Wales").