On this day in history : 3rd December 1993 – Princess Diana, wanting more privacy and to avoid the constant attention from the paparazzi and tabloid press, announces she is withdrawing from public life….

Image credit : Paisley Scotland via Flickr

“When I started my public life, 12 years ago, I understood the media might be interested in what I did. I realised then their attention would inevitably focus on both our private and public lives. But I was not aware of how over-whelming that attention would become. Nor the extent to which it would affect both my public duties and my personal life, in a manner, that’s been hard to bear. At the end of this year, when I’ve completed my diary of official engagements, I will be reducing the extent of the public life I’ve lead so far”….

32-year-old Princess Diana made her announcement at a charity event held at the Hilton Hotel in London…. She and Prince Charles had married in the Summer of 1981 and Prince William was born in July 1982 – followed by Prince Harry in September 1984…. It was not long after that the marriage began to fail and in 1992 they separated and finally divorced in 1996….

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