The world lost an icon when Princess Diana died in a car accident on August 31, 1997 at the age of 36.
Her legacy lives on through her sons, Prince Harry and Prince William, and their respective wives, Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton.
The Duchess of Sussex, 42, and the Princess of Wales, 41, have often drawn inspiration from Diana in their fashion choices and charity work.
26 years after Diana’s death, royal experts reveal the most important lessons the two women were able to learn from Diana’s short but impressive life.
Commentator Jonathan Sacerdoti recently recounted it FoxNews that Middleton and Markle will continue to step out of Diana’s shadow over the years.
“The legacy Princess Diana left behind…is a legacy of consciousness,” he noted. “Women who marry into the royal family know what they’re marrying into, for better or for worse.”
He continued, “They are making this difficult decision knowing the life they are about to lead of privilege and luxury, but also the potential difficulties and challenges that come with it.”
The People’s Princess was married to Prince (now King) Charles from 1981 to 1996.
Their relationship was pretty rocky, with rumors of infidelity circulating around both of them.
Diana also struggled to be in the spotlight as she was one of them the most photographed people in the world before her death.
in one BBC “Panorama” interview in 1995She described her pain at being a member of the royal family, telling interviewer Martin Bashir that the company viewed her as a “problem” and “liability.”
History seemed to repeat itself when Harry, 38, and Markle decided to step down as working royals in 2020.
you have done her own version of a comprehensive interview with Oprah Winfrey a year later, they addressed their conflicts within the royal family.
Another expert told Fox News that Diana “felt sympathy” for the pressures Markle faced as a senior royal.
“Diana would have lent Meghan a shoulder to cry on,” surmised Christopher Andersen, author of The King. “I think Diana could have given Meghan and Harry valuable advice on how to deal with this as well.”
The royal author also pointed out that “in a poll today, Diana would easily rank as the most popular queen of all time”.
“If Diana hadn’t appeared on the scene at that point, I can’t imagine the royal family being half as important to us. It breathed new life into a musty and outdated monarchy and continues to this day,” Andersen shared.
In addition, Diana would have been “thrilled” that Harry and William, 41, “have fallen in love with and married two dynamic and fascinating young women.”
He shared that Middleton was “a no-brainer” as she grants “every wish Diana would have had in a daughter-in-law who is destined to be queen.”
And Diana “would have been happy with Meghan at first and identified strongly with her divorced, multiracial American actress as a fellow outsider,” Andersen added.
Harry and Markle’s surprise exit from the Windsor clan in 2020 – dubbed ‘Megxit’ by fans – sent shockwaves around the world and further strained Harry and William’s relationship.
Andersen doesn’t think Diana “would have approved of the Megxit and the way it pitted their sons against each other.”
“Harry’s mother always wanted him to play an important role in supporting his brother, the future king. She would never have wanted him to basically turn his back on his birthright and the rest of the royal family, no matter how upset his wife was,” he argued.