10 Facts About Princess Diana You Never Knew Before

10 Facts About Princess Diana You Never Knew Before

She will forever remain one of the most iconic Princesses of our time.

Like any young girl, I grew up in love with the idea of princes and princesses. I always wondered what it was like to be royal and what life was like for a princess.

When I learned that princesses were real, I was immediately hooked. At the time I found out princesses existed in real life, the internet was in the real early stages and I had no idea how it worked. With that being said, I frantically searched the shelves of my local library for a book that would tell me who these princesses were.

Finally, I found one with Princess Diana on the cover and from that moment on, she became one of the people in history who fascinated me the most.

With the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge expecting their third child and Prince Harry getting engaged, Princess Diana's spirit is still present today even though she is no longer physically here due to her untimely demise. I truly believe the Royal Family still captures the public's fascination because of what Diana did to the monarchy. She alone made the Royal Family real, relatable, and riveting.

1. Princess Diana's sister dated Prince Charles before her.

Long before Diana became Prince Charles' wife, her older sister Lady Sarah dated him. When Prince Charles proposed to Lady Sarah and she declined, the Prince went on to find his wife and well the rest is history.

2. She became a princess at 20 years old.

Imagine being a head of state figure at 20 years old! Not to mention, being twenty and your wedding is the most watched event in history.

3. She was good friends with Michael Jackson, Freddie Mercury, and George Michael.

Princess Diana was a huge fan of music, and from who she was friends with, she had great taste. According to Michael Jackson, they used to call each other and talk late at night. Tabloids have reported as well that Princess Di dressed up as a dude and went to a gay bar with Freddie Mercury one night. Recently, it has been revealed that she was also close to George Michael and actually had feelings for the late singer.

4. Diana received a divorce settlement of £17 million as well as £400,000 per year from Prince Charles.

While it was unfortunate that their marriage did not work out, Princess Diana got a pretty comfortable sum of money from her divorce.

5. The Queen thought Diana's bulimia was the cause of her marital problems with Prince Charles.

When I found this out, I was absolutely shocked that the Queen would think their marriage problems came solely from Princess Diana's health problems. Princess Di had mental health issues and threw many tantrums, and Prince Charles did not support his wife and also continued to cheat on her even though she knew. Their marriage ended up being less of the fairytale everyone believed it would be.

6. Prince Phillip secretly supported Diana when he learned of Prince Charles' affair with Camilla Parker Bowles.

Recently, letters have been released to the public that were written by Prince Philip to Princess Di expressing his support for her when finding out his son was cheating on his wife. It is comforting to know, that one royal was semi there for Princess Diana through the hard times.

7. Prince William was closer to Princess Diana and Prince Harry was closer to Prince Charles growing up.

While the Princes' had their "favorite parent" growing up, they each loved and admired their mother very much. As of recent years, Prince Harry and Prince William have expressed how hard it is for them to live life without their mother even twenty years later.

8. Princess Diana is buried on an island because of privacy concerns with the public, the only way to reach her grave is by boat.

Due to the high demand from the public, the royal family thought it would be best to bury Princess Diana on an island on the property of her childhood estate to keep her safe. Prince William and Prince Harry have stated that they try to visit as often as they can.

9. Her funeral was watched by 32.1 million people, one of Great Britain's largest TV events in history.

Hearts broke across the world as everyone watched Princess Diana's casket exit Westminster Abbey with the young princes walking slowly behind it. Also, the letter on the casket that Prince William wrote to his mother after her death still makes me cry.

10. She lost her "HRH" title in the divorce but she was still viewed by the public as the People's princess.

Although Princess Diana is gone, she will never be forgotten. Even though she lost her official "Her Royal Highness" title after her divorce, the people still recognized her as the princess of their hearts.

Cover Image Credit: CNN

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.

Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.

2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.

4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

Cover Image Credit: Chicago Tribune

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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