File photo of Diana, Princess of Wales sitting in front of a British flag during a visit to the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital in Lahore February 22, 1997. The Princess and her millionaire companion Dodi Al Fayed died in a car crash in Paris, August 31, 1997. Even after 16 years of her death, Diana rules people's heart. (Reuters)  DIANA - RTR69MK
File photo of Diana, Princess of Wales sitting in front of a British flag during a visit to the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital in Lahore February 22, 1997. The Princess and her millionaire companion Dodi Al Fayed died in a car crash in Paris, August 31, 1997. Even after 16 years of her death, Diana rules people's heart. (Reuters) DIANA - RTR69MK

Sixteen years since Princess Diana's death in a tragic car crash in Paris on 31 August, 1997, it's her charm that refuses to die. Diana, Princess of Wales, is remembered to this date with much reverence and love as she was loved in her lifetime.

Beginning her career as a kindergarten teacher in 1980, Diana made into the hearts of people as she became the wife of Prince Charles in 1981, and later, mother of his two sons.

Diana wanted to be a queen in people's hearts and not queen of Britain. "Call me Diana, not Princess Diana," she would say.

Princess Diana endeared herself to people with her kind heart and motherly care. She is seen cradling a young child striken with cancer in Lahore in 1996(L) and with her sons William and Harry in 1985. (Reuters)
Princess Diana endeared herself to people with her kind heart and motherly care. She is seen cradling a young child striken with cancer in Lahore in 1996(L) and with her sons William and Harry in 1985. (Reuters)
This photo perhaps shows the love Diana had for Prince Charles, for she ardently looks at him at a Banquet held at the Ajuda palace in Lisbon February 12, 1986. (REUTERS)
This photo perhaps shows the love Diana had for Prince Charles, for she ardently looks at him at a Banquet held at the Ajuda palace in Lisbon February 12, 1986. (REUTERS)
For Princess Diana, family was the most important thing. She was undoubtedly a doting mother. (Reuters)
For Princess Diana, family was the most important thing. She was undoubtedly a doting mother. (Reuters)

For Diana, an endearing wife who never wanted to leave her husband, family was "the most important thing in the world."

"I think like any marriage, especially when you've had divorced parents like myself, you'd want to try even harder to make it work and you don't want to fall back into a pattern that you've seen happen in your own family," she spoke about her married life in a 1995 interview with BBC.

"I desperately wanted it to work, I desperately loved my husband and I wanted to share everything together, and I thought that we were a very good team."

"There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded," Diana told a young William for her broken marriage to his father.

This photo speaks about the strained relationship between Diana and Prince Charles. They look in different directions during a Korean War commemorative service in November 1992. (Reuters)
This photo speaks about the strained relationship between Diana and Prince Charles. They look in different directions during a Korean War commemorative service in November 1992. (Reuters)

As destiny would have it, Diana died in media paparazzi a year after her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996 and around a time when she was looking for love. Her death perhaps posed two greatest questions across - what killed Diana - love or absence of love?

A few months before her death at the age of 36, Diana had reportedly broken up with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan, arguably the love of her life. They were in relationship for about two years. In a recent revelation, Pakistan's former cricket captain Imran Khan's ex-wife Jemima Khan said that Diana wanted to secretly marry Hasnat Khan.

"Diana was madly in love with Hasnat Khan and wanted to marry him, even if that meant living in Pakistan, and that's one of the reasons why we became friends," she told Vanity Fair contributing editor Sarah Ellison.

Princess Diana with Jemima Khan in Lahore in 1996. According to Khan, Diana sought advice from her on settling down in Pakistan. (Reuters)
Princess Diana with Jemima Khan in Lahore in 1996. According to Khan, Diana sought advice from her on settling down in Pakistan. (Reuters)
Princess Diana was the style queen of her times. (Reuters)
Princess Diana was the style queen of her times. (Reuters)
This iconic photo shows Lady Diana Spencer, soon to become the Princess of Wales, showing her wedding gown for the first time, turns as her bridesmaids set her train on arrival at Saint Paul's Cathedral for her wedding to Prince Charles in London, July 29, 1981. (REUTERS/Mal Langsdon)
This iconic photo shows Lady Diana Spencer, soon to become the Princess of Wales, showing her wedding gown for the first time, turns as her bridesmaids set her train on arrival at Saint Paul's Cathedral for her wedding to Prince Charles in London, July 29, 1981. (REUTERS/Mal Langsdon)