Princess Diana Liked Doing This 1 Household Chore

Princess Diana’s life looked different before her marriage to Prince Charles. When they started dating she’d been living in a three-bedroom London apartment purchased by her parents. While calling the place home, Diana worked as a nanny and a teacher. What kind of roommate was the future Princess of Wales? A good one. She reportedly liked to keep the apartment clean. 

Princess Diana liked washing dishes

Princess Diana at the British embassy in Washington, D.C.
Princess Diana at the British embassy in Washington, D.C. | Terry Fincher/Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images

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Per the podcast, You’re Wrong About, journalist and royal biographer Andrew Morton wrote in his book, Diana, In Her Own Words, that Diana liked washing dishes when she lived in the apartment. 

Diana kept a “low profile,” according to Morton’s book. And she took it upon herself to organize a cleaning schedule for the apartment. She “put herself in charge of clean up duty and was known to rise before the meal was finished to clear the table rather than endure the sight of dirty dishes,” he wrote. 

Not only that but on one occasion Diana arrived home from a date to find her roommate having dinner with a friend. Despite not sharing the meal together, Diana helped with the dishes. In addition to washing dishes, Diana liked doing the laundry. She also offered to iron shirts for friends. 

Diana’s roommate Carolyn Bartholomew remembered Diana keeping the apartment in order, per The Sun

“She always had the rubber gloves on as she clucked about the place,” Bartholomew told Morton. “But it was her house and when it is your own you are incredibly proud of it.”

Princess Diana outside her apartment
Princess Diana outside her apartment | Anwar Hussein/Getty Images

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She later had a staff to do the cleaning

Diana’s life changed dramatically when she became a royal. She was expected to follow the royal family’s etiquette rules. Not only that but her living situation changed.

Gone were the carefree days of living with friends. She now lived in a large Kensington Palace apartment (apartment eight to be exact).

Diana no longer had to do the dishes, laundry, or ironing because she had a staff who did all of the household chores. Despite her unique circumstances, Diana tried to provide some sense of normalcy for her sons, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex. 

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Princess Diana liked to hang out in the royal kitchens

Not one for the formality of royal life, Diana liked to stop by the royal kitchens for a snack or a chat. Her former chef, Darren McGrady, has shared multiple stories about her kitchen catastrophes over the years. Diana wasn’t what McGrady would call a good cook. On one occasion, Diana almost burned down Kensington Palace.

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