Princess Diana was Called a ‘Loose Cannon’ for This Reason

For most people, the name, Princess Diana brings up feelings of awe and wonder. But before the royal’s death, many people thought the princess was a little too risque and spoke her mind more than was necessary.

One person who was not particularly fond of how open Diana was about what was going on in her life was Queen Elizabeth II. Diana was vocal about being unhappy in her marriage to Prince Charles, which reflected poorly on the royal family, much to the Queen’s dismay.

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But there was another reason that people called Diana a loose cannon. Keep reading to find out what it was.

What did Princess Diana do?

If there is one thing that you should know about Princess Diana, it’s that she really went above and beyond for the causes that she cared about.

So in 1997, when she visited Angola, she decided to walk across a minefield to bring awareness to how dangerous and destructive landmines were.

“If an international ban on mines can be secured it means, looking far ahead, that the world may be a safer place for this generation’s grandchildren,” she said at the time.

When Diana walked across the minefield, her children were still quite young so she definitely had a lot to lose. But she put it all on the line for the cause.

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“If an international ban on mines can be secured it means, looking far ahead, that the world may be a safer place for this generation's grandchildren.” – Princess Diana, 1997 Today in Angola The Duke of Sussex will retrace his mother’s steps to see the legacy of her work and how her connection with this community helped make the elimination of landmines a reality. In 1997 Diana Princess of Wales visited Huambo to bring global attention to the crisis of landmines and the people whose lives were being destroyed. Two decades later, the area has transformed from desolate and uninhabitable to lively and vibrant, with colleges, schools and small businesses. The Duke is humbled to be visiting a place and a community that was so special to his mother, and to recognise her tireless mission as an advocate for all those she felt needed her voice the most, even if the issue was not universally popular. Princess Diana’s visit helped change the course of history, and directly led to the Convention against Anti-Personal Landmines, also known as the Ottawa Treaty. Today, with the support of @thehalotrust, Angola now has a stated aim under the Treaty to be clear of known mines by 2025. Despite great progress, 60 million people worldwide still live in fear of landmines every day. During his visit today, The Duke will walk along the street which was once the minefield where his mother was famously pictured. #RoyalTourAfrica #RoyalVisitAngola Photo©️PA

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“It was a time when Diana was striding out on her own and finding causes that she believed in,” Jennie Bond, who with Diana on that iconic trip told People.

“This was something she really thought that she could make a difference about.”

But the move wasn’t viewed so positively back home in the U.K.

It even caused a junior government Cabinet minister to call her a “loose cannon.”

But Diana didn’t care. She just wanted to spur change.

“She said, ‘Jennie, I’m only trying to help. I’m a humanitarian,'” Bond recalled.

Prince Harry continues in his mother’s footsteps

Recently, Prince Harry took that same walk across the former minefield.

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Following in the footsteps of his mother, Princess Diana, this morning The Duke of Sussex visited a de-mining site in Dirico, Angola, to raise awareness of the danger and prevalence of landmines that still exists today. The Duke joined @thehalotrust in their work to help clear the area to enable safe access for the local community. • “If an international ban on mines can be secured it means, looking far ahead, that the world may be a safer place for this generation's grandchildren.” – Princess Diana, 1997 Today in Angola The Duke of Sussex will retrace his mother’s steps to see the legacy of her work and how her connection with this community helped make the elimination of landmines a reality. In 1997 Diana Princess of Wales visited Huambo to bring global attention to the crisis of landmines and the people whose lives were being destroyed. Two decades later, the area has transformed from desolate and unhabitable to lively and vibrant, with colleges, schools and small businesses. The Duke is humbled to be visiting a place and a community that was so special to his mother, and to recognise her tireless mission as an advocate for all those she felt needed her voice the most, even if the issue was not universally popular. Princess Diana’s visit helped change the course of history, and directly led to the Convention against Anti-Personal Landmines, also known as the Ottawa Treaty. Today, with the support of @thehalotrust, Angola now has a stated aim under the Treaty to be clear of known mines by 2025. Despite great progress, 60 million people worldwide still live in fear of landmines every day. During his visit today, The Duke will walk along the street which was once the minefield where his mother was famously pictured. #RoyalVisitAfrica #RoyalVisitAngola Photo©️PA

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“It has been emotional retracing my mother’s steps along this street 22 years on, and to see the transformation that has taken place, from an unsafe and desolate place into a vibrant community of local businesses and colleges,” he said after the walk. “This is a wonderful example of how the U.K. partnership with Angola can address the issue of landmines, bringing prosperity to an area, creating jobs, helping people access education and healthcare, and making communities safer. The work of de-mining is dangerous, expensive and laborious, and I have the utmost admiration and respect for all who do this hazardous work and risk their lives in service of their community.”

“I am incredibly proud as I know my mother would’ve been, of the role that the United Kingdom has played in this transformation through funding and the expertise brought by UK specialist organizations such as the HALO Trust and Mines Advisory Group,” he continued.

The HALO Trust, which specializes in removing war debris, has destroyed nearly 100,000 landmines since it started in 1994. Unfortunately, it is estimated that there are still 1,104 minefields in the area.