If there’s anything Princess Diana was known for other than her ravishing fashion and her infectious smile, it was her devout charity work.
The late Princess of Wales spent decades serving the community and beyond, and it’s her service to others that continues to lead her legacy today, even 26 years after her tragic death.
In a special episode of Songs of Praise, the program set out to explore the inspiration behind much of Diana’s charity, which many believe to be her much-less talked about Christian faith.
Throughout the episode, friends and colleagues who spent extensive time with Diana are said to speak openly about how the Princess had “stronger faith than people give her credit for.”
Mike Whitlam, former director general of the British Red Cross, worked with Diana on numerous charity campaigns, including her famous landmine trip to Bosnia.
He says the Princess had a strong religious conviction that he believes helped motivate her remarkable charity work.
“She wanted to put love where there was hatred, and make a huge difference to people’s lives so that they could live a better life,” he added. “When you talk to people about making the world a better place, there are not many people who think it’s doable. She did.”
Tracy Borman, joint chief curator of Historic Royal Palaces, says Diana’s compassion and charity work “absolutely reflects very Christian values too.”