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PRINCESS DIANA: 1961-1997 | Voices

Diana's Life in the Spotlight

September 01, 1997

"I know it's just a job they do, but sometimes I wish thy wouldn't."

Lady Diana Spencer, on photographers who followed her during her engagement to Prince Charles, 1981

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"I'm amazed that she's been brave enough to take me on."

Prince Charles, 1982

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"The bump I was trying to hide could be the future king of England."

Bruce Oldfield, fashion designer on designing Diana's maternity clothes

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"Given the chance, most people easily become voyeurs of royalty."

John Person, author, 1986

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'If you live this sort of life, which people don't very much, you live very much by tradition and by continuity. I find that's one of the sad things, that people don't take on jobs for life. They try different things all the time. . . . As far as I'm concerned, you know exactly what you are going to do two months hence, even beginning to know about next year. I think this is what the younger members [of the royal family] find difficult, the regimented side of it."

Queen Elizabeth, 1992

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"It is announced from Buckingham Palace, that with regret, the prince [Charles] and Princess [Diana] of Wales have decided to separate. . . . The queen and duke of Edinburgh, though saddened, understand and sympathize with the difficulties which have led to this decision. Her majesty and his royal highness particularly hope that the intrusions into the privacy of the prince and princess may now cease."

John Major, former prime minister, 1992

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I believe it is far healthier to know what really goes on in the big chief's wigwam than not. And what disappoints me is that so many people say you shouldn't write about members of the royal family [in such detail] and to kindly leave them alone. . . . And it seems to me wrongheaded not to want to understand more about your society. Indeed, it is almost criminal neglect for a journalist not to want to understand how that institution works and what motivates the people behind it, if that is your specialization."

Andrew Morton, biographer of the British royal family, 1992

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She brought a level of media hype and public attention to the issue (of land mines) that never existed before, and it brought pressure on governments."

Jill Sinclair, director of Canadian Foreign Ministry's arms control division, 1997

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