Revealed: What Princess Diana ‘dreaded’ most about Royal Family life


PRINCESS DIANA was quickly embraced by the public when she married Prince Charles in 1981 – but the Princess of Wales “dreaded” one aspect of her public duties, a royal biographer writes.  

Princess Diana won the hearts of the nation when she married Prince Charles in their spectacular royal wedding in 1981. Meanwhile, Sarah Ferguson – affectionately known as Fergie – was welcomed as a “breath of fresh air” when she joined the Royal Family on her marriage to Prince Andrew in 1986. However, although she grew to be a global icon, Diana in fact “dreaded” an aspect of her public life that Fergie “thrived” on. 

Royal biographer Ingrid Seward, in her 1991 book “Sarah: HRH The Duchess of York” delves into Fergie’s working life as a royal. 

She describes how, when faced with having to chat with members of the public in an unstructured, informal way when on a royal visit, Fergie was not at all flustered. 

Ms Seward writes: “It is the kind of situation the Princess of Wales, when she first joined the Royal Family, used to dread.

“Sarah, on the other hand, thrives on it. 

Diana Princess of Wales Image Getty
Diana Princess of Wales Image Getty

Diana, Princess of Wales (Image: Getty)

Sarah Duchess of York Image Getty
Sarah Duchess of York Image Getty

Sarah, Duchess of York (Image: Getty)

Diana and Fergie shared some insecurities about royal life Image Getty
Diana and Fergie shared some insecurities about royal life Image Getty

Diana and Fergie shared some insecurities about royal life (Image: Getty)

“When she was working in public relations, she was always delegated the task of taking charge of of any new arrivals at a party, because, as her former boss Neil Durden-Smith explains: ‘She was so good at it.

“‘She had an uncanny ability to make even the most awkward person feel at ease.’”

However, Fergie and Diana did share some of the same insecurities about their royal roles. 

Ms Seward, in her 1995 book “Prince Edward”, writes: “The Princess of Wales and Duchess of York only discovered how difficult royal life could be after they were engaged and already en route to the altar.”

The royal author contrasts their experience with that of Prince Edward’s wife, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, who had a far more relaxed introduction to royal life. 

She continues: “Sophie was being given a careful and subtle introduction, a fact which did not escape the notice of Diana and Sarah. 

“Both would later complain (with more than an edge of resentment in their voices) that they had received no such help as they struggled to get to terms with their new situation.”