Princess Diana facts are numerous, but one fact that is generally agreed upon is that she was beloved the world over. Affectionately known as the “People’s Princess,” Diana was well known not just for her beauty and royal status, but also her compassion and concern for human rights. Although Princess Diana is no longer with us, her legacy of humanity and kindness lives on. Because she was a prominent public figure, much is known about Princess Diana. However, a few nuggets of information, while not well-known, are likely to make you respect and appreciate the princess even more.
Here are Princess Diana facts you probably didn’t know:
15.) Good Genes
Princess Diana came from a long line of notable human beings, inside and outside of the aristocracy. When it comes to connections to the royal family and aristocratic bloodlines, Princess Diana’s are overflowing. Her father, Edward John Spencer, was a direct descendant of King Charles II.
Her maternal grandmother, Ruth, Lady Fermoy, was friend and lady-in-waiting to Prince Charles’ grandmother, Queen Elizabeth. Diana was also related to Mary, Queen of Scots; Rainier III; Lady Catherine Grey and Mary Boleyn. On the celebrity side, she was a distant relative of Humphrey Bogart, Oliver Platt, Winston Churchill and Audrey Hepburn.
Her mother’s grandmother was American heiress Frances Work. She’s even related to several past American presidents, including George Washington, Franklin D. Roosevelt and George Bush. It’s no wonder the royal family thought she would be a good match for Prince Charles, next in line to be king of England.