Almost every adult in the Western world can remember what they were doing on August 31, 1997. Lest we forget, that was the day news broke that Princess Diana had died in a Paris car crash at the age of 36. And while she was already one of the most iconic women of her era, her death propelled her into the pantheon of pop culture occupied by other taken-too-young stars such as James Dean and Marilyn Monroe. In 2017, then, it will be 20 years since her death, and some of her fans are starting to wonder – what would she look like today if she had lived? Luckily, there’s an answer to that question.
And Diana, Princess of Wales – born under the title “Honourable” – was pretty much destined to live a life in the spotlight. Her parents were a Lord and Lady, and Diana Spencer herself inherited the title of “Lady” in 1975. Those credentials, combined with her beauty and elegance, made her the ideal bride for a royal prince. And so it proved: in 1980 Prince Charles – next in line to the British throne – had taken an interest in her. What’s more, by 1981, when she was just 20 years old, they married.
At the time, the marriage was dubbed a “fairytale”; sadly, though, history would prove that assessment wrong. Indeed, it later transpired that the relationship was troubled almost from the very beginning. For example, a single callous comment from Charles about her figure, combined with the pressure of being a royal wife, led to Diana developing an eating disorder. And that was just the start.