Princess Diana

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Life Span Development

Sandra Lattin

University of Phoenix

Angela Hamp

Life Span Development

This paper focuses on the life span development and personality of Diana, Princess of Wales. Diana, Princess of Wales went from normal aristocratic little girl to whom is commonly referred to as "The People's Princess". She struggled with life in the spot light but overcame the difficulties to develop into not only a notable leader but an inspiration for many people throughout the world.

Diana Frances Spencer, the third daughter of four children born into British aristocracy by her parents, Frances Shand Kydd and John Spencer was born on July 1, 1961. Her parents separated in 1967 and the children remained living with their father. Upon the death of her paternal grandfather, Albert Spencer, 7th Earl Spencer in 1975, Diana's father became the 8th Earl Spencer.

She became Lady Diana Spencer and the family moved to the family's sixteenth-century ancestral home of Althorp (Wikipedia Contributors, 2007).

Six years after becoming Lady Diana Spencer, at age of 20, she married the heir to the British throne, Prince Charles who was 13 years her elder. The ceremony was one of the century's grandest royal weddings and she became Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales. The following year she became mother of Prince William and two years later she became the mother to son Prince Harry. In December, 1992, Diana and Charles separated and divorced in 1996. In July, 1997 she was in a tragic fatal automobile accident.

Impacts on Her Life


Childhood is the development in one's life between infancy and adolescence. Diana was born into a family of privilege and royal descent where money was not an issue. She was home schooled until...