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.
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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.


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18 Times Kate Middleton Was Actually All Of Us In College, Beside The Princess Thing

Every girl has to go through her clueless college stage before she reaches Duchess status.
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Kate Middleton is basically a household name by now, and how could this not be the case when she has the gorgeous hair, kind smile, and incredible fashion sense. With her constantly in the spotlight looking so put together, we sometimes forget that the Duchess was actually all of us in college!

Here are 18 times that Kate proved she was just like all of us.

1. Going all out in the name of school spirit

There is nothing like breaking out the war paint and screaming for your home team. Like Kate, we all love to get a little messy and make some memories with our friends.

2. Hanging out with the roomies

Some people may not get lucky in this area but for those who are best friends with their roommates, they understand the love. It's a dream come true for everyone who has always wanted to live with their best friends. It's like a sleepover that never ends.

3. Dressing up cute on the first day of school...

You got to make a good first impression on your way to school. Whether it's during your 7 A.M or 4 P.M., it's always best to dress to impress.

4. ...and wearing yoga pants for the rest of the year

And this goes all the way until the last week of school when you don't bother getting out of bed to wear pants at all.

5. Going grocery shopping and throwing in cookies, ice-cream, and every type of Pringles because your mom isn't there to say no

You'll probably regret that in a few months when the Freshman Fifteen kicks in.

6. Walking for miles from your car to your dorm carrying groceries

We can't park by the apartment for a solid five minutes to carry our groceries up to the kitchen or we will risk a ticket, but we can walk a few miles carrying food that gets heavier, and heavier, and heavier with every step.

7. Going out for a night on the town on a Friday night

Dancing, laughter, and fun? Everyone in college has been to a party or two. It's a classic part of the college experience. Sometimes you just need a distraction from all the essays and tests.

8. Being so late to class you threw on whatever your hands grabbed next

We've all been there. Our alarm doesn't go off, we press snooze a few too many times, or forget to even set an alarm and next thing you know we are running around the dorm room like Taz from Looney Toons. You throw on whatever, then run to class.

Unfortunately 9/10 times our outfits don't turn out. Although, Kate can certainly pull off this look, no matter how mismatched.

9. Pretending your walking to the same building as the cute boy you met so you have the excuse to keep talking to him

I am very guilty of doing this. Although I missed my class, at least I got to talk to the really cute boy who has class at 9:45 in the STEM building. It was worth it.

10. Sitting on the floor or standing because you're a poor college student who can't afford chairs or tables

Eating on the floor? Always. Being a college kid is tough and sometimes you have to sacrifice some things to obtain the others. Such as choosing chocolate milk and Halo Top over vegetables and hair conditioner.

Judging by Kate's beautiful locks, she chose the conditioner.

Probably the vegetables too.

We should just all follow her example.

11. Going on cute date with the boy you followed to class-turned-boyfriend

Now my short-lived romance may not have extended farther than us talking and walking to his class, but Kate and William obviously had a better ending. Nevertheless, college is the place to grow and date and possibly find the one.

12. Keeping your hair long and growing because you can't afford to get it cut

Don't trust your roommate. No matter how many times she begs you to let her cut it. Don't.

13. Turning 21 and getting dressed up and going out with your best friends

While this one probably doesn't apply to Kate, since you can drink at age 18 in most countries, all my people in the United States know the sweet freedom of turning 21. It's an iconic time in a students life and marks a huge milestone as well.

14. Passing out flyers for some type of movement or protest

Everyone wants to be a part of something bigger - which is why college is the time to stand up for what you believe in. May that be RedforEd, Planned Parenthood, anti-Abortion, Trump, the Wall, pizza bagels, it's all an exercise of the first amendment.

15. Ranting to your friends about the professor that just "doesn't understand you"

You know your thinking about that professor right now as you read this. And you know that that's your reaction whenever they give you a bad grade or say something you disagree with at the tiniest degree.

16. Getting glammed-up for those senior photos

Pick out your best outfit and make sure it's a good hair day because everyone will be viewing these photos forever... and in Kate's place that is more than true. Luckily she looks as gorgeous as ever. Does she ever have a bad hair day?

17. Walking out of your last class knowing you'll never have to write a single paper again

And purposefully not thinking about how you will be going into the real world in less than a few days.

18. When you've graduated and realized you have no idea what you're going to do with your life

Maybe a prince will be right around the corner to sweep you off your feet so you won't have to figure your life out.
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5 Movies To Watch This Summer

These are some movies that if you haven't watched by now, your summer break is the perfect time to do so.

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While some of these are classics from before my time, some of these are classics of my time. Nonetheless, they all should be seen and appreciated by us all. Also, heads up, I'm pretty sure most of these are rated R.

1. Baby Driver (2017)

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LET ME TELL YOU, I love this movie. This movie has a beautiful sound track and made me cry. There's a reason why it's Rotten Tomatoes 93%, 3 Academy award and a Golden Globe nominations. With an adrenaline pumped storyline, well done character development, and a fantastic ending, this movie is probably one of my favorites of all time.

2. Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

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Robin Williams. That's it, that's the tweet. But seriously, one of Williams' probably better known films with the generations before me, this movie embodies some of the real life struggles of the American soldiers in Vietnam when the war was at its peak and how there was an attempt to keep morale up. I'm glad I'm at an age where I can get all of the references and truly appreciate Robin Williams' sense of humor, may he rest in peace.

3. The Edge of Seventeen (2016)

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This movie did make me cringe, but not in a bad way. The main character, Nadine, struggles with being unaccepted by everyone else who seems 'normal' in high school. I myself had a hard time feeling like I belonged to a group or even had a tight knit group of friends then and this movie understood those frustrations and sense of isolation.

4. Pulp Fiction (1994)

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"You know what they call a quarter pounder with cheese in Paris? A royale with cheese"

Quentin Tarantino is one of my favorite directors of all time. Kill Bill? Classic. The Hateful Eight? Extremely well done. Tarantino has such a unique way of writing storylines and then using his style of cinematography that is clean, but extremely visually stimulating. Also, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, and John Travolta are the main characters. Need I say more?

5. The BlacKkKlansman (2018)

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After seeing Adam Driver for the first time as Kylo Ren a few years back, I appreciated him as an actor, but never really saw him in too much else. I didn't really see any commercials for this movie or anything so I didn't know what to expect. I was blown away by the intensity of this movie and the beauty of the script. Everyone needs to watch this and see the exquisite performance done by John David Washington.

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