How Old Was Diana when She Married? How Long Was Princess Diana Married to Charles?
Diana, Princess of Wales, or Diana, Princess of Wales, as she was more commonly known, was born Diana Frances Spencer on July 1, 1961, in Sandringham, Norfolk, England, and passed away on August 31, 1997, in Paris, France. She was the ex-wife of Charles, Prince of Wales (later Charles III), the mother of the future king of the United Kingdom, Prince William, who was born in 1982, and a major celebrity in her day.
Early Life and Education
Diana’s parents rented a house on the Sandringham estate of Queen Elizabeth II, and it was there that she was born. During her childhood, Diana was good friends with the queen’s two younger sons, Princes Andrew and Edward.
She was the youngest of three children born to Edward John Spencer, Viscount Althorp, heir to the 7th Earl Spencer, and his first wife, Frances Ruth Burke Roche (daughter of the 4th Baron Fermoy). Diana and her siblings (a brother and two sisters) lived with their father after their parents divorced. When her father inherited the Earldom in 1975, she became known as “Lady Diana Spencer.”
Diana attended both Riddlesworth Hall (near Thetford, Norfolk) and West Heath School (Sevenoaks, Kent) when she was a little girl. Diana went to the elite finishing school Chateau d’Oex in Montreux, Switzerland, before returning to England to work as a kindergarten assistant at the prestigious Young England school in Pimlico.
How Long Was Princess Diana Married to Charles?
After 15 years of marriage, Diana and Charles filed for divorce in August 1996.
Despite maintaining her status as Princess of Wales, the divorce forced her to sever relations with the Royal Family.
There went any chance of her becoming queen someday, not that she cared.
Marriage and Divorce
In 1980, she got back in touch with the royal family, and she and Charles became closer friends. Their engagement was made public on February 24, 1981, and her beauty and modest nature made her an instant hit with the media and the people, earning her the nickname “Shy Di.”
An estimated 300 million people around the world watched the pair get married in St. Paul’s Cathedral on July 29, 1981. Prince Henry (“Harry”) Charles Albert David was born on September 15, 1984, and Prince William Arthur Philip Louis of Wales was born on June 21, 1982.
In a short amount of time, “Princess Di” became a symbol of sophistication and beauty. She was a natural trendsetter with her ever-changing haircuts and outfit, and she exploited her celebrity profile to aid many philanthropic projects. However, the princess and prince were having marital problems behind the scenes.
Diana had to deal with severe postpartum depression, low self-esteem, eating disorders, and the rising stress of being continually hounded by the official media royal-watchers and the tabloid press, particularly the paparazzi. After years of fighting, accusations, tell-all biographies, and confessions of infidelity on both sides, the marriage finally ended in divorce in 1992.
Both in the controversial 1992 book Diana: Her True Story by Andrew Morton and in a remarkably frank 1995 televised appearance, Diana gave her side of the story. The couple’s divorce was finalized on August 28, 1996, after months of talks that netted Diana a large cash settlement but stripped her of the title Her Royal Highness.
“the People’s Princess” and Charity Work
Diana’s high profile and philanthropic work endured after her divorce, with the former princess continuing to advocate for a wide range of causes, including those related to children, the arts, and AIDS patients. She was also active in the movement to outlaw land mines.
Diana took William and Harry to homeless shelters, orphanages, and hospitals so that they would “understand people’s feelings, their insecurities, people’s distress, and their hopes and goals.” She took them to fast food chains and on the bus so they might get a taste of life beyond the palace. She was dubbed “the People’s Princess” for her affability, openness, and empathy.
Death and Funeral
Diana’s remarkable popularity in Britain and around the world continued long after her divorce, and she remained one of the most photographed women in the world. Despite her best efforts to exploit her fame to promote her charity work, she frequently had to deal with nosy reporters and photographers.
Diana and her friend Dodi Fayed and their driver Henri Paul were killed in a car crash in a tunnel beneath the streets of Paris in 1997 as they tried to elude chasing journalists.
The photographers were initially held responsible for the disaster, but a French judge exonerated them in 1999, placing the blame on Paul, who was judged to have been over the legal limit for blood alcohol content and to have been taking medication that is incompatible with alcohol.
The motorist was found to be at fault in a 2006 investigation conducted by Scotland Yard. The driver and paparazzi were found guilty of unlawful killing by gross negligence by a British inquest jury in April 2008, while the jury found no proof of a conspiracy to assassinate Diana or Fayed, a charge long made by Fayed’s father.