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‘Aristocratic’ Diana demanded ‘high standards’ from staff – ‘Consummate professional’

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The late Princess of Wales had a unique ability to connect with people, earning her the nickname “the people’s princess”. However, Patrick Jephson, Diana’s former Chief of Staff, revealed she set “high standards” and could be quite demanding.

In a 2016 interview with P World, Mr Jephson said: “Like many significant historical figures, Diana was not always an easy boss to serve.

“She was an aristocrat to her finger tips, capable of steely defiance if she felt she had been the victim of injustice.

“She was also a consummate royal professional who set high standards for herself and her team.”

Princess Diana was a renowned philanthropist, and was a patron and president of multiple charities throughout her life.

The late Princess of Wales championed various cancer trusts, as well as organisations focused on battling poverty, AIDS awareness and prevention.

A statue honouring Princess Diana’s “life and legacy” will be unveiled tomorrow at Kensington Palace by her two sons Prince Harry and Prince William.

The event, planned for July 1 would have marked her 60th birthday.

In a joint statement as the project was announced, the Dukes of Sussex and Cambridge said the statue was commissioned to “recognize her positive impact in the UK and around the world.”

The siblings hope “the statue will help all those who visit Kensington Palace to reflect on their mother’s life and her legacy.”

Last week, her former fashion designer, Bruce Oldman told The Telegraph, Diana would be a “role model” for today’s activists if she were still alive.

Mr Jephson added: “She knew that the public’s affection was earned through hard work and placed on all royal people a special obligation to live up to historic expectations of duty and sacrifice.”

He explained Diana was “extraordinarily observant, intuitive, organized and quick-witted” allowing her to pick up on minute details.

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Mr Jephson said: “I learned very early in my royal career that even a small mistake would be noticed and would often earn her displeasure.”

“But by the same token, she was equally quick to appreciate hard work and her many handwritten notes of appreciation remain among my most treasured mementoes.”

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