Princess Diana was born Diana Spencer of the Spencer family, a very important British aristocratic family closely tied to the Royal Family for generations. She was born in 1961 in Norfolk to John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer and Frances Shand Kydd. She grew up at Park House, a country home leased from the Royal Family’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk. In 1978 she moved to London where she lived with flatmates and took on various low paying jobs including a nursery assistant role.
Though she grew richer by a few million post her separation from Prince Charles, she didn’t live long enough to enjoy her new wealth as she only lived for a year after the divorce.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Princess Diana had a net worth of £22million when she passed.
Princess Diana also added to her net worth with a staggering £21million of jewellery, dresses and other personal belongings.
Diana left her wedding dress to her two sons as well as Prince William inheriting Diana’s iconic gold Cartier watch her father gave her.
Today, William and Harry’s wives, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, both wear rings featuring stones of Diana’s and are often seen wearing the late Princess’ jewellery.
When Prince William proposed to Kate in 2010 he gave her a ring that previously belonged to the Princess which consists of 12-carat oval blue sapphire and a setting made from 18K white gold.
Diana was also known for her extensive charity work and was the patroness of organisations who worked with the homeless, youth, drug addicts, and the elderly.
Diana worked tirelessly on behalf of charities around the world, using her fame to raise awareness of a number of important humanitarian issues.
In April 1987, when speculation around the virus was rife, Diana was invited to open Britain’s first AIDS ward at Middlesex hospital.
A photograph, which made front-page news around the world, showed the Princess with HIV-positive patients without wearing gloves.
As with her AIDS efforts, Diana travelled to countries with a high leprosy rate in order to remove the stigma surrounding the disease.
Princess Diana became the patron of The Leprosy Mission in 1990, one year after visiting a leprosy hospital in Indonesia.