The 1 Defining Moment That Changed Princess Diana Into a ‘Different Person’

Princess Diana is known as one of the most famous members of the Royal Family that ever lived. She was also known as the most photographed woman in the world when she was still alive and it’s clear to see why. There’s one moment that definitively changed Diana into a “different person.” Read on to learn what that was.

Young Diana marries the Prince of Wales

Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Charles
Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Charles | Anwar Hussein/WireImage

Diana was only 19 when she was engaged to Prince Charles, the most eligible bachelor in the world at the time. She fell for him and at only 20, she became the Princess of Wales. Diana had no idea what she was truly getting into and how could she? She was so young and in awe of her husband.

Princess Diana’s first overseas tour

Diana’s first royal overseas tour was the defining moment in her life. She explained the details in her tell-all biography written by Andrew Morton. In Diana: Her True Story – In Her Own Words, Diana discussed the situation and how it all changed her. She went to Australia and New Zealand with Prince Charles while getting her first taste of the press and their continued obsession with her for the rest of her life.

“The whole world was focusing on me every day,” Princess Diana said. “I was in the front of the papers. I thought that this was just so appalling. I hadn’t done something specific like climb Everest or done something wonderful like that.”

Diana ‘was thrown into the deep end’

Princess Diana
Princess Diana | Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

It was a new experience that had to be more than a little overwhelming for her but somehow, she handled it with grace. The press and the public couldn’t get enough Diana, yet at the same time, no one ever told her she was doing a good job with it all.

“I learned to be royal in one week,” Diana continued. “I was thrown into the deep end. Now I prefer it that way. Nobody ever helped me at all. They’d be there to criticize me, but never there to say: ‘Well done.’”

Why it was such a defining moment for her

Princess Diana left for her first royal tour not knowing what to expect. She returned completely different. She had faced her public and they more than adored her. Things were different after that.

“When we came back from our six-week tour I was a different person,” Diana admitted. “I was more grown up, more mature, but not anything like the process I was going to go through in the next four or five years.”

This wasn’t the only time Princess Diana referenced the iconic royal tour

Princess Diana spoke about the same royal tour again during her famous BBC Panorama Interview in 1995 with Martin Bashir. She also mentioned how it all changed her. It was certainly a pivotal moment in her life.

“We had a six-week tour – four weeks in Australia and two weeks in New Zealand – and by the end, when we flew back from New Zealand, I was a different person,” Diana said. “I realised the sense of duty, the level of intensity of interest, and the demanding role I now found myself in.”

Princess Diana was clearly never the same after that first important royal tour. She dealt with the pressure like a professional and remained the most photographed woman in the world until her tragic death in a car accident in 1997.