Princess Diana is loved by many.

It has been 22 years since the late Princess of Wales passed away, but she remains popular up to this day. Prince William and Prince Harry’s mom remains alive to those who witnessed her kindness and charity works. 

For those wondering why Princess Diana is very much loved, here are some reasons according to those who know her.

Transparency

Katie Couric, an American journalist, believed that Princess Diana’s transparency is among the reasons why the people love her. The royal wasn’t shy to admit that she suffered from depression and bulimia. Showing her weakness made Princess Diana relatable even if she was a royal.

“Perhaps that’s why the world fell in love with Diana — she let people see her insecurity and vulnerability,” Couric wrote.

“She seemed to wear both on her sleeve. Yes, she was a princess, but somehow, she was like all of us.”

Charity works

When Princess Diana was still alive, she did a lot of charity works. She led a campaign for a worldwide ban on landmines. She was even photographed putting her own life at risk by walking through a recently cleared minefield.

“That one person in every 333 had lost a limb, most of them through land mine explosions. But that hadn’t prepared me for reality,” Princess Diana said.

Prince William and Prince Harry’s mom also changed the public’s perspective about HIV and AIDS. She was photographed shaking hands with HIV-positive patients without wearing gloves. At the time, many thought that HIV/AIDS was passed from person to person by touch. The photo also showed Princess Diana’s affection and compassion for people living with the disease.

Transformation

Princess Diana transformed her life after her divorce from Prince Charles. In 1997, she made a photoshoot with internationally-renowned photographer Martio Testino. In the photos that are now considered iconic, the People’s Princess was a stark contrast to the woman who two years before that sat down with Martin Bashir for a TV interview. She looked “sexy, carefree and happy.”

Princess Diana’s revenge dress also remains relevant because many women felt empowered with it. Eloise Moran, a 27-year-old fashion writer said that Princess Diana’s revenge dress encouraged her to dress with intentions and it also represents “power that come from being alone.” Princess Diana wore her revenge dress in an evening engagement on the same day Prince Charles admitted his affair with Camilla Parker Bowles.

Princess Diana Britain’s Princess Diana arrives on Oct. 4, 1990 for a charity gala at the Departmental Auditorium in Washington. Photo: Kevin Larkin/AFP/Getty Images