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Princess Diana was the most photographed woman of her time. She was exceptionally beautiful and full of poise and grace. The cameras couldn’t stop filming her every move. It’s hard to imagine how she dealt with all of the fame she endured throughout her time as the Princess of Wales. But just how did Diana deal with all of the publicity?

The most photographed person in the world

Princess Diana
Princess Diana | Jayne Fincher/Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images

Princess Diana participated in the now-famous Panorama interview with the BBC’s Martin Bashir in 1995. In it, she was extremely candid about her transition from being Lady Diana Spencer to the most photographed woman in the entire world. Her fame sold newspapers and she became a hot commodity so to speak.

“Well, it took a long time to understand why people were so interested in me, but I assumed it was because my husband had done a lot of wonderful work leading up to our marriage and our relationship,” Diana recalled.

Things changed for Princess Diana almost overnight

Princess Diana
Diana Princess of Wales | Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

She spoke about her status change almost overnight and how difficult that was for her. Never before in history had a situation occurred where someone married the Prince of Wales with the media literally everywhere to document the entire spectacle.  

“But then here was a situation which hadn’t ever happened before in history, in the sense that the media were everywhere, and here was a fairy story that everybody wanted to work,” Diana said.

Diana had to get used to her new-found fame

Prince Charles and Princess Diana
Prince Charles and Princess Diana | Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

When asked if she was overwhelmed, of course, Princess Diana said she had been. And who could blame her? She was the most famous and photographed woman in the world and that is a lot for anyone to get used to.

“Yes, I was very daunted because as far as I was concerned I was a fat, chubby, 20-year-old, 21-year-old, and I couldn’t understand the level of interest,” Diana said. The media was chomping at the bit to photograph Diana in any situation and everything she did was scrutinized.

Princess Diana was loved by the media

Princess Diana
Princess Diana | Terry Fincher/Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images

The media was already expressing a preference for her over Prince Charles, which caused difficulties for the newly married couple. It made her uncomfortable that she was so highly sought after in the press. Princess Diana didn’t enjoy all the media attention she received. It caused more problems than she felt it was worth. They were all over her from the start of her courtship with Prince Charles and it wouldn’t let up for the rest of her life.

Princess Diana didn’t know what was expected of her

Diana had no idea what was truly expected of her in the early days of her marriage to Prince Charles. She found her place with the outcasts in society, who she felt connected to and respected for their honesty.

“No, I was very confused by which area I should go into. Then I found myself being more and more involved with people who were rejected by society – with, I’d say, drug addicts, alcoholism, battered this, battered that – and I found an affinity there,” Diana recalled.

Princess Diana found her niche helping the less fortunate. Even decades after her death, she is beloved for her humanitarian efforts and advocacy. She left behind an enduring legacy captured in the millions of photographs of the Princess of Wales.