Why Princess Diana Wanted to Be an Ambassador

Princess Diana had a strong desire to help others, especially the less fortunate. She felt most at home around the common people and thrived in any environment that allowed her to put her skills to good use. The most photographed woman in the world wanted to use her celebrity for good and she did just that. Diana also wanted to be an ambassador while using her publicity to help the causes she cared about.

Princess Diana cared about the people

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Princess Diana changed what it meant to be royal. She wasn’t happy in her marriage, so she looked elsewhere for distraction and meaning. She wanted to be useful and she quickly realized the public’s growing fascination with her. She was the biggest celebrity in the world overnight and she started to use her fame to help others in any way she could.

She felt right at home when she could be needed and useful. She used this need to drive her to do wonderful work as a humanitarian and advocate for the less fortunate. It’s no wonder Diana wanted to be an ambassador as well. Her drive to help others propelled her through life.

Diana was the patron of multiple charities

Diana was a patron of numerous charities. She was known for helping the homeless and visiting shelters for battered women and homeless children. Centrepoint was one charity that Diana was a proud patron of. Her son Prince William has taken up her mantle and become the patron as well with the charity which helps homeless youth. Diana would bring her children with her to visit shelters to give them an understanding of how other people live and why it’s so important to help them.

She also made remarkable progress surrounding the stigma of HIV/AIDS. She had no problem shaking the hand of an AIDS patient or embracing sick people. She changed the world with her celebrity and raised awareness for important causes that were close to her heart.

Princess Diana wanted to be an ambassador

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In the BBC’s famous Panorama Interview with the Princess in 1995, she told Martin Bashir that she’d like to be an ambassador for her country. She didn’t want to just stay at home, she wanted to make a real difference in the world.

“I’d like to be an ambassador for this country. I’d like to represent this country abroad,” Diana revealed. “As I have all this media interest, let’s not just sit in this country and be battered by it. Let’s take them, these people, out to represent this country and the good qualities of it abroad.”

Princess Diana was so much more than just talk. She wanted to take the attention that seemed to follow her everywhere and use it to help people and her country. “When I go abroad we’ve got 60 to 90 photographers, just from this country, coming with me, so let’s use it in a productive way, to help this country,” Diana said.

Diana almost became an ambassador

Before Tony Blair became Prime Minister in 1997, he already realized how Princess Diana could be useful as an ambassador and a woman that was in such high demand. Diana seemed to be making the necessary steps to fulfill her dream of becoming an ambassador. Had she lived, who knows what she would have gone on to accomplish?

Princess Diana sadly passed away before her dream could be realized. It’s a certainty that Diana would have continued her work with charities and advocacy had she lived. She was a caring soul in a world that was much too harsh for her. She didn’t receive the love she deserved from her husband, and in turn, she tried to help other people as the steadfast purpose of her life. Diana’s legacy lives on in her children and the people that idolized her.