The One Thing About Royal Life That Made Princess Diana Feel Insecure

Princess Diana may have been the People’s Princess but that doesn’t mean she was always comfortable with her place in the royal family. There was one aspect she reportedly felt quite insecure about and never really got used to.

Princess Diana during an official visit to Edmonton, Canada
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Princess Diana had constant media and public attention

The public and media took a great deal of interest in Princess Diana, something that would make most anyone uncomfortable, but there was another part of royal life that reportedly made her feel claustrophobic.

According to royal expert Ingrid Seward, author of The Queen and Di: The Untold the Story, being in the spotlight never became more comfortable for Diana. She explained: “No matter how hard she tried, Diana never succeeded in getting rid of that implosive feeling of claustrophobia which pressed on her whenever she was called upon to play the crowds.”

Seward added: “Almost at the end of her life she told: ‘I still feel really insecure about going out and meeting people I don’t know. After all these years I’ve never really got over it’.’”

Princess Diana in November 1986 during a visit of Bahrain
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Kate Middleton has had similar issues

Kate Middleton, similarly, has had her share of discomfort in speaking with the public, with a palace insider telling Us Weekly: “Kate still finds these huge public events overwhelming,” adding, “She’s always been naturally shy.”

The source further shared: “Truth be told, she envies sister-in-law Meghan’s ease in front of crowds.”

Middleton has managed to bring her A-game despite the shyness, with the source sharing that she impresses “everyone with her ability to paste a huge smile on her face.”

The source added: “She knows she has a responsibility to be front and center, given that one day these events will be in honor of her husband. It’s something she’ll have to work at for the rest of her life.”

Princess Diana in Austria
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Markle’s Hollywood background has helped her

By comparison, Markle has had some on the job training, with her uncle, Joseph Johnson, telling Daily Mail how her time in Hollywood has prepared her for her role in the royal family. He shared: “She likes that attention, she’s had the schooling, and then being in Hollywood, which is a good type of preparation, so she can handle that.”

Johnson further noted that her background has been great prep for being a duchess, noting: “I have read that some of Harry’s old girlfriends couldn’t handle all the scrutiny. But from what I hear, from what Doria says about Meghan, she loves it.”

Is royal life harder for Markle?

ITV’s former Royal editor, Tim Ewart, noted during an appearance on Yahoo’s The Royal Box that Markle has a harder time than Diana given the intense public scrutiny she endures, sharing: “This Royal Family is beyond anything she could ever have expected and it will be very, very difficult for Harry, as it was with William and Kate, to explain just how intense that is.”

Ewart added how social media and smart phones have impacted Markle’s life, noting: “When it was Diana, there were photographers, there were camera men, people weren’t using smart phones. Every single word that is said, doesn’t matter where the TV cameras are, doesn’t matter where the snappers, the photographers, they can be anywhere. But every single person has got their phone up or their iPad up, nothing is private anymore.”