Princess Diana Used to ‘Scream the House Down’ When She Was Upset, Royal Author Said

The late Princess Diana is beloved all over the world. She tragically died at the age of 36, but she left a legacy of selfless humanitarian work and an imprint on the royal family.

However, while many people today remember Diana positively, she was a flawed human as well. In fact, one royal author wrote that she often expressed her emotions in big, unsettling ways.

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Princess Diana said the royal family thought she was ‘mentally unstable’

The royal family has traditionally been emotionally reserved. Its members live by the motto of “never complain, never explain.” Royal parents back then were also not expected to be hands-on with their children’s emotional well-being.

However, Diana never liked this tradition. She felt many emotions and was not afraid to let other people know. In an interview with BBC’s Panorama in 1995, Diana even said the royal family thought she was “mentally unstable.”

“Well maybe I was the first person ever to be in this family who ever had a depression or was ever openly tearful,” she said about her postpartum depression. “And obviously that was daunting, because if you’ve never seen it before how do you support it?”

She added, “It gave everybody a wonderful new label – Diana’s unstable and Diana’s mentally unbalanced. And unfortunately that seems to have stuck on and off over the years.”

Princess Diana expressed her emotions in big ways, royal author said

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As many royal followers may know, Diana’s love life was an emotional rollercoaster because she and husband Prince Charles did not match well in the emotions department. According to royal biographer Lady Colin Campbell, Diana often expressed her frustration in unsettling ways.

“When she was spoiling for a fight, she made sure she got one and that everyone knew about it,” Lady Colin wrote in the book Meghan and Harry: The Real Story. “She would scream the house down. She would be on the rampage for hours. She would hurl abuse and objects and always reduce herself to tears of frustration and hysteria.”

Diana was the product of divorced parents and had an unstable childhood. According to the author, the late princess had an “inner need to feel loved” as well as “to feel that that love was something she could rely upon.” 

Princess Diana also had a lot of emotional intelligence

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Diana felt her emotions deeply, and this actually served her well as a public servant (which many royals are). She could connect deeply with other people and displayed a lot of emotional intelligence.

According to Express, there is could soon be a documentary about this subject. The documentary would be produced by the company Lightbox and presented by filmmakers behind the documentary Whitney about the late Whitney Houston.

“We have heard countless stories about Diana’s extraordinary ability to connect and empathise with members of the public,” producer Simon Chinn told the outlet. “The manner in which she would kneel down to speak to a young child, for instance, is just one example of the ways in which she would interact with complete strangers with an emotional intelligence that had rarely been seen before by a public figure. It was her charm, her compassion and her ability to amplify charitable causes and champion the most vulnerable that made her so popular.”