Princess Diana became one of the most well-known royals in the world after marrying Prince Charles in 1981. She drew photographers wherever she went, and her photos appeared in a slew of publications.
Diana, on the other hand, found this reality to be too much at times. She even screamed obscenities at a photographer who was photographing her during an outing.
Princess Diana was the world’s most photographed woman.
Diana was the most photographed woman on the planet at one point during her fame. Diana said in a 1995 interview with BBC’s Panorama that she didn’t understand why people were so fascinated by her.
Despite this, Diana eventually found a way to put her celebrity to good use. She became a patron for a number of charitable organizations and commissioned photographers to capture her work with worthwhile causes.
According to Popsugar, “she decided, ‘Fine, guys and members of the press, if you’re going to follow me around, we’re going to this hospital right now,’ and it was a key turning point,” said Tom Jennings, a journalist who produced a documentary about the princess. “The fact that she was aware of the idea that, ‘Well, if they’re going to follow me ad nauseam, I might as well get something good out of it.’”
Diana was also able to shape her image as a mother thanks to the paparazzi. She endeared herself to the public by taking her children to amusement parks and fast food restaurants, both of which were unusual for royals.
A photographer was once screamed at by Princess Diana.
Diana was aware of the advantages of having her movements observed, but she was not always pleased with it.
According to the Associated Press, Diana took her sons to see Jurassic Park in a London movie theater in 1993. She “sprinted 10 yards” towards photographer Keith Butler, who had been photographing the royals, and yelled, “You make my life hell!”
Butler, on the other hand, believed Diana was simply venting her rage on him because of an unrelated incident. The press had published photos of Diana and her friend William van Straubenzee the weekend before, speculating on their romantic status.
Butler explained, “I think it was about letting out the frustrations of a weekend of being tormented by the press and everything that has been written.” “I believe she had simply had too much to drink. “It was time to blow up.”
Princess Diana had a few pointers on how to avoid being photographed.
In any case, when the attention became too much for Diana, she used brilliant tricks to render her photographs unsuitable for publication.
Diana, for example, would go to the gym in the same sweatshirt on occasion in order to make her photographs look the same no matter when they were taken. Jenni Rivett, her former personal trainer, told Hello, “Every single session, all the media camped outside with their cameras and lenses… One of her strategies, I recall, was to wear the same Virgin Active sweatshirt to each and every session.”
Diana also walked backwards to avoid facing photographers on occasion, as seen in this video. This ensured that her face would not be visible in photographs.