In the 1992 Andrew Morton book Diana: Her True Story the author wrote how important it was for the Princess of Wales to always conduct herself in a way that honoured the queen. One key sacrifice that Diana made for the queen was during a warm day when the pair were attending an event and the princess began to get hot.
She was going to cool herself down with a fan, however, the queen wouldn’t be using one and therefore Diana declined to use one out of sacrifice.
Mr Morton wrote: “While Diana finds the monarchy as presently organised as a crumbling institution she has a deep respect for the manner in which the queen has conducted herself for the last forty years,”
“Indeed, much as she would like to leave her husband, Diana has emphasised to her: ‘I will never let you down.,” He continued
That loyalty came shining through when Diana pointed out how she couldn’t possibly fan herself that hot day.
“Before she attended a garden party on a stifling July afternoon, a friend offered Diana a fan to take with her,” Morton shared in his book.
“She refused, saying: ‘I can’t do that,” he continued.
“‘My mother-in-law is going to be standing there with her handbag, gloves, stockings and shoes.’
“It was a sentiment expressed in admiring tones for the Sovereign’s complete self-control in every circumstance, however trying.”
However Diana and the Queen did not always see eye to eye as they had there fair share of run-ins.
In the documentary Diana: In Her Own Words, she claimed that she went “sobbing” to the queen for assistance in 1986 but the Queen did not give her the response she was expecting.
“I went to the top lady and said: ‘I don’t know what I should do.’
“She said: ‘I don’t know what you should do.’ And that was it. That was ‘help,’” Diana explained.
However, after the sudden death of the princess in 1997, the Queen paid tribute to her in a moving speech televised to the nation.
“I want to pay tribute to Diana myself,” the queen shared
“She was an exceptional and gifted human being.
“In good times and in bad, she never lost her capacity to smile and laugh, nor to inspire others with her warmth and kindness.”
“I admired and respected her — for her energy and commitment to others, and especially for her devotion to her two boys.” She added.
The Queen also penned her feelings about the princess in a moving letter that was written just six days after her death.
“It was indeed dreadfully sad, and she is a huge loss to the country.
“But the public reaction to her death, and the service in the Abbey, seem to have united people round the world in a rather inspiring way.”
Published at Thu, 14 May 2020 05:40:00 +0000