But the seemingly sheepish girl was more than just a pretty face.
Diana was determined to forge her own path from the start.
She was especially keen on keeping as much normalcy as possible for her children.
When it came time for her first born, William, to attend school, she had him attend public school.
The whole situation had the public in a panic since many who contracted the virus were dying, especially among the gay community, which further stigmatized those patients and that community.
By then, Princess Diana had garnered a glowing reputation for her philanthropy.Even after her marriage to British heir, Prince Charles, had dissolved, she remained a popular icon and achieved an almost cult-figure status for her sense of style, grace, and genuine sympathy for the less fortunate.She was both mocked and adored by the British press for shaking up the country's notoriously traditional monarchy but she was nonetheless titled, the "People’s Princess." Before she was known as Princess Diana or Lady Di, and before news of Princess Diana’s funeral sent shockwaves across the world, she was simply Diana Spencer.Lady Di's brother was disturbed that the palace had the young sons walk so closely behind her casket.There was much controversy between the Spencer family and the Crown around the funeral. 31, 1997, the world was shocked by the news of Princess Diana's untimely death in a car crash in Paris, France. Her coffin was carried from Kensington Palace and through the streets of London to St.James's Palace where thousands lined up to sign a public condolence book."It is a point to remember that of all the ironies about Diana, perhaps the greatest was this – a girl given the name of the ancient goddess of hunting was, in the end, the most hunted person of the modern age," Princess Diana's brother said of her at the funeral.This simple yet powerful gesture challenged the notion that the virus could pass from person to person just by touch. Former HIV/Aids Ward Nurse John O'Reilly told the , "If a royal is allowed to go and shake a patients hand, somebody at the bus stop or in the supermarket could do the same.That really educated people." Diana had always been different from the rest of the royal family, which was in a large part of her appeal.For one, she picked out her 12-carat sapphire engagement ring from a catalog, despite the long-standing tradition of royals having their engagement rings custom-made.Then, she refused to include the promise to "obey" her future husband during her wedding vows when. Paul's Cathedral, also broke with custom, as royals before had wed at Westminster Abbey.