What impact did Princess Diana have on the world, and why?

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durbanville eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The British Royal Family has had any monarchs and historically, at some time or another, each of us has learnt something about it. Diana had such an impact that she

revolutionized and uplifted the public image of British royalty

at a time when, even amongst Britons, the Royal Family was unpopular and seen as generally wasteful and unnecessary to the British economy. She endeared herself to the public and by the time she married Charles in 1981, millions of people around the world took time out to watch or read about her marriage.

As Princess of Wales, it was fitting that her first official engagement, after her marriage should be to Wales where she went to great pains to deliver her speech in Welsh. As Welsh was and is a language struggling for survival, this was a huge step forward in encouraging the use of the language within Great Britain. It encouraged minorities globally to be proud of their cultural differences.

A universal breakthrough and something that had an enormous impact worldwide was her exposure of AIDS. She was seen comforting, hugging and playing with children who were HIV positive and even terminally ill with full-blown Aids. In the late 1980s and the 1990s, there was still much stigma around the disease and the ignorance of people about its causes and contamination was a problem for those living with it who were discriminated against and treated poorly.

Diana's actions started the more forward-thinking approach and encouraged people to learn more about it and get actively involved in supporting those with the disease. People were less fearful and better-informed. This had an impact on many children who had been abandoned but for whom there was maybe now some hope as volunteers flocked to help in centers around the world.

Diana exposed the plight of those suffering life changing injuries from land mines and she was instrumental in their banning. The official ban was purposefully implemented near the first anniversary of her death.  The winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997, owed much to Diana's efforts in this regard.

Diana's legacy lives on in her sons who ensure that her charities are well supported and who support many children's charities (and others) around the world themselves.

Diana's memory is unending and even young children who never witnessed or experienced her impact during her lifetime, still feel her love and compassion for all mankind today.




mkoren eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Princess Diana had an impact on the world in many ways. One impact was sending a message that a person’s dreams can come true. Princess Diana was a common person in England. Yet, she ended up marrying into the royal family and became a princess. This was a fairytale dream coming true, inspiring people to pursue their dreams.

Princess Diana also worked hard on behalf of many charities. She worked to help the sick and the poor. She also visited homeless shelters and went to see people who were dying from diseases such as cancer and AIDS. Upon her death, The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund was created. It raised millions of dollars to continue the charitable work that she did while she was alive.

In some ways, her youth and innocence helped to make the royal family more appealing in the eyes of the public. The public could identify with Princess Diana because of her background. This helped to make the royal family more attractive to the public at a time when the perception of the royal family was not so positive.

Today, her legacy is kept alive by the work of her children, Prince William and Prince Harry. They also have done much charitable work, just like their mother.

Princess Diana had an impact on the world in many ways.