During her lifetime Diana achieved the status of a media icon and became so popular worldwide that she was at times considered the most famous and most photographed woman in the world.
During the 1980s Diana had supported numerous charity projects such as the British AIDS Aid.
The marriage of Princess Diana and Prince Charles ultimately failed and the official separation was announced in 1992. The scandals of the 1990s resulting from Diana's and Charles' conflict caused considerable damage to the British monarchy. With the divorce in 1996, Diana lost her rank as Royal Highness, but remained a member of the British Royal Family.
After her divorce from Prince Charles, she was committed to the abolition of landmines and continued to devote herself to disadvantaged people.
On the night of August 31st, 1997, the car in which Diana was sitting with her then companion Dodi Al-Fayed collided with a pillar in the car tunnel under the Place de l'Alma in Paris.
Diana died as a result of the internal injuries she suffered from the crash. The news of her death triggered a worldwide wave of shock and compassion. The event had devastating consequences for the reputation of the royal family, whose members were subjected to massive criticism because of their heartless countenance.
Despite protocol, a public funeral ceremony was organized for Diana on September 6th, 1997 in view of the overwhelming grief among the population.