These Words Prove Why Diana Was Known as the “People’s Princess”

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Whether you know Princess Diana as a forever icon of style, a victim of adverse circumstances, or the subject of a conspiracy theory with seemingly no end in sight, one thing is undeniable: her humanitarian efforts dominated all else.

Diana may have lost the “Her Royal Highness” title following the dissolution of her marriage to Prince Charles in 1996, but she will forever be known as the “People’s Princess” for both her immense popularity and her philanthropic ways. As today marks what would’ve been her 58th birthday, Savoir Flair shares 15 quotes that illustrate just how deserving the princess was of her unofficial title.

1

“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.”

2

"You can't comfort the afflicted with afflicting the comfortable."

3

“Hugs can do great amounts of good – especially for children.”

4

“I’d like to be a queen in people’s hearts.”

5

“I touch people. I think everyone needs that. Placing a hand on a friend’s face means making contact.”

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6

“Anywhere I see suffering, that is where I want to be, doing what I can.”

7

“I think the biggest disease the world suffers from in this day and age is the disease of people feeling unloved. I know that I can give love for a minute, for half an hour, for a day, for a month, but I can give. I am very happy to do that. I want to do that.”

8

"I want to walk into a room – be it a hospital for the dying or a hospital for sick children – and feel that I am needed. I want to do, not just be." 

9

"It's vital that the monarchy keeps in touch with the people. It's what I try and do."

10

"I want my boys to have an understanding of people's emotions, their insecurities, people's distress, and their hopes and dreams." 

11

"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."

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12

“So many people supported me through my public life, and I will never forget them.”

13

"Nothing brings me more happiness than trying to help the most vulnerable people in society. It is a goal and an essential part of my life – a kind of destiny. Whoever is in distress can call on me. I will come running wherever they are."

14

"My first thoughts are that I should not let people down, that I should support them and love them."

15

"I knew what my job was; it was to go out and meet the people and love them."

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