Diana is remembered as an incredible mother, people’s princess, a strong feminist, humanitarian and fashion icon.
But in the early 1980s, soon after her marriage to Prince Charles, she was often named ‘Shy Di’ thanks to her tendency to always have her head down when she was photographed.
Diana herself admitted it looked like she was ‘sulking’, but this wasn’t the case.
She revealed the reason for her ‘sulky’ appearance when she opened up about her struggles in recorded interviews with Andrew Morton, a royal author.
He recalled the princess speaking about those trying early years in the royal family in his book, Diana: Her True Story – In Her Own Words.
Diana revealed: "When I first arrived on the scene I’d always put my head down.
"Now that I interpret it, that did look sulky. I’ve never sulked. I’ve been terrified out of my tiny little mind.
"I never sulked as a child, it’s just not in me. I was just so frightened of the attention I was getting; it took me six years to get comfortable in this skin and now I’m ready to go forward."
Diana recalled that the transition from normal life into royal life was "too much".
"One minute I was nobody, the next minute I was Princess of Wales, mother, media toy, member of this family, you name it," she said.
The media attention didn’t let up, although Diana grew to learn how to be a royal and held her head high.
She also learned how to work the press attention to her advantage, making herself an ambassador for the UK to go to other countries.
In her explosive Panorama interview in 1995, Di revealed: "I’d like to be an ambassador for this country. I’d like to represent this country abroad.
"As I have all this media interest, let’s not just sit in this country and be battered by it. Let’s take them, these people, out to represent this country and the good qualities of it abroad.
"When I go abroad we’ve got 60 to 90 photographers, just from this country, coming with me, so let’s use it in a productive way, to help this country."
But she still, even in the mid 1990s, found the level of interest in her life incredible – and couldn’t completely get used to having all eyes on her.
"I still to this day find the interest daunting and phenomenal, because I actually don’t like being the centre of attention," she said.
"When I have my public duties, I understand that when I get out the car I’m being photographed, but actually it’s now when I go out of my door, my front door, I’m being photographed.
"I never know where a lens is going to be.
"A normal day would be followed by four cars; a normal day would come back to my car and find six freelance photographers jumping around me."
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