Many people adore the late Princess Diana for good reason. She had a kind and gentle spirit, and she exhibited true grace and humility despite her status as royalty. But before she became Princess Diana, Lady Diana Spencer lived a very quiet and private life, even as an aristocrat. She even once worked as a nanny, earning $5 an hour.
Back in 1980, an American businesswoman living in London named Mary Robertson needed help in taking care of her toddler son, Patrick. She needed a nanny to keep an eye on her boy while she worked. She called a local agency to look for a part-time nanny, and she was told that the only part-time nanny available was an 18-year-old young lady named Diana Spencer.
Mary Robertson needed a nanny, but she didn’t think she’d hire an aristocrat.
Diana came in for an interview, and she was hired on the spot by Robertson. Little did Robertson know that she just hired a member of the aristocracy to be her nanny. Diana was paid $5 an hour to watch over Robertson’s son. She was also tasked to accomplish other chores like washing the dishes, loading the laundry, and picking up toys.
Then Lady Diana was paid $5 an hour to watch over Robertson’s toddler son and do other chores.
One day, Robertson found a deposit slip under the couch from Diana’s bank. Robertson worked in finance, so when she saw Diana’s name and the name of her bank, she was able to put two and two together. She then knew that her nanny Diana is also Lady Diana Spencer from one of England’s oldest families.
When asked by Inside Edition about how Diana reacted when she confronted her about her discovery, Robertson said:
“She said, ‘Oh, that. Would you like me to take Patrick out for a walk now?’ And that was the beginning and the end of it.”
Princess Diana reportedly referred to her time working for Robertson as the ‘happiest year of her life.’
Mary was again surprised a few months later when news broke that Diana and and Prince Charles were seeing each other. Diana, not long after, gave her employer notice that she was leaving. And the next time she was seen by Robertson, she was getting married to royalty. The two women did not lose touch, however. According to Robertson, they continued their correspondence for the next 16 years. With their years of friendship, Robertson was one of the many mourners when Princess Diana passed away in 1997.
Hear more about the story from Robertson herself.
Recently Discovered Ancient Writings Suggest the Chinese Discovered America
Ancient Chinese explorers may have been the first ones to reach the Americas.
For years and years, we've been taught that Christopher Columbus discovered the Americas despite the fact that it's common knowledge that the Vikings landed in the region much earlier. Well, it turns out it's possible neither Columbus nor the Vikings should be credited for the discovery. Researchers recently unearthed more proof that suggests it was actually ancient Chinese explorers that first found the Americas.
Researchers have found ancient writings carved into rocks, and they believe these writings could mean Chinese explorers were in America long before any European ever landed there. The writings are believed to have been inscribed alongside the carvings of Native Americans from thousands of years ago.
Ancient writings could prove that the Chinese discovered the Americas.
It was amateur epigraph researcher and retired chemist John Ruskamp who discovered the unique markings while he was walking in the Petroglyph National Monument in Albuquerque, New Mexico. According to him, the writings suggest Chinese explorers were in the Americas around 1,300BC. That's about 2,800 years before Columbus accidentally found the New World in 1492. ...
How the Spanish-American War, Not World War II, Made USA a Superpower
The little-known war in 1898 may have set the stage for USA’s rise to power.
Many believe that the Allied victory in World War II was instrumental in the United States of America's rise to power. This moment in history is often cited as the event that set the stage for the USA's eventual global domination, but it could actually be a lesser-known war that did so.
On April 23, 1898, the Spanish-American War officially began. This declaration of war against Spain was a major blow to the then global superpower. At the time, the US was just an emerging nation, and it was already at war with an established and powerful country.
Many attribute United States' rise to power to their World War II victory.
Over time, Spain's influence on and hold of the New World started to weaken. At the same time, the US was hoping to access the markets and resources there. This is one of the reasons for the conflict between the two countries.
Apparently, Japanese Nightingale Floors are Ninja-Proof!
These ingenious floors alert guards when an intruder enters the premises!
What's a surefire way to keep thieves from even entering your home? Back in the Edo period in Japan, there obviously weren't electronic alarm systems to keep intruders out.
While they had guards, these guards were no match for sneaky ninjas who could sneak in without being detected. So instead, they created the uguisubari or nightingale floors.
They look like regular floors, but the secret lies beneath the planks.
Nightingale floors look like regular floors, but beneath the floorboards, it has a unique twist. It gets its name from the sound it makes when people step on the planks. The woodworkers and craftsmen who install these floors would place planks of wood on supporting beams....