A touching display
It doesn’t appear Diana knew she was being photographed here, which makes it even more touching to see the loving way with which she strokes Prince Harry’s face while they’re on the side-lines of the British Grand Prix. Tenderly, Diana uses her hand to cradle and protect her little boy, Wood states. “But the way she is looking around, as if to identify any potential threat, she also looks like a lioness protecting her young.”
The revenge dress
Pulling off what arguably may be her most resonant post-marriage look, Princess Diana struts her stuff in this little black dress, now known as the revenge dress. “Just look at her confidence,” Woods remarks about the way Diana is holding her head high and her shoulders back – in contrast to how she often held herself during her marriage, head tipped downward, shoulders sloping. “You’ll notice how every part of her is lifted, her smile, her arm reaching out, her hand and arm holding her purse, her step,” Woods adds. “You can see she knows she looks fantastic.”
Truly coming into her own
In the last year of her life, thanks in large part to her divorce being finalised, Diana was really coming into her own, despite lingering worries regarding her own physical safety. In this photograph, in which she speaks with volunteers at a charity raising awareness and funds to battle homelessness, what Woods finds most worthy of note is Diana’s mirroring the body language of those with whom she’s speaking. “She’s sitting comfortably, knees not knit together, her feet not primly pointed,” Wood says. “And you can see how she’s leaning forward, displaying genuine interest in the conversation.” None of that might have been possible while she was still the wife of the heir apparent.
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