Princess Diana documentary lays bare ‘visceral’ reality of tragic royal’s life


A PRINCESS DIANA documentary is set to be released which examines the life of the royal and provides a new insight into her life and tragic death.

A trailer for the film was released on Wednesday, which will premiere on August 13 on HBO and HBO MAX.

The Prince of Wales is heard saying of his first impressions of the soon-to-be princess: “I remember thinking what a very jolly and amusing and attractive 16-year-old she was.

“I don’t know what you thought of me.”

Diana then answers the same question with “pretty amazing”.

Princess Diana

A new documentary about the life of Princess Diana is about to be released (Image: Getty)

Charles and Diana engagement interview

Charles and Diana’s engagement interview made headlines (Image: Getty)

The documentary captures the intense media scrutiny surrounding the princess, including one scene where she puts her hand over a photographer’s lens.

At the end of the trailer Charles tells a young Prince William peering through a video camera lens, “The people in there, look at them…trapped”, while a sad Diana looks on.

HBO said of the film: “Intensely emotional, The Princess is a visceral submersion into Diana’s life in the constant and often intrusive glare of the media spotlight.

Charles Diana in wedding carriage

The pair married in 1981 as millions watched around the world (Image: Getty)

Diana in log flume with William and Harry

Diana with her boys at Thorpe Park (Image: Getty)

“The film unfolds as if it were in the present, allowing viewers to experience the overwhelming adoration, but also intense scrutiny of Diana’s every move and the constant judgement of her character.

“Through archival material, the film is also a reflection of society at the time, revealing the public’s own preoccupations, fears, aspirations and desires.”

Princess Diana was born The Honourable Lady Diana Frances Spencer on July 1, 1961.Coffin and procession at Diana's funeral

Diana’s death sparked international grief (Image: Getty)

Their second son Prince Harry was born on September 15, 1984.

Diana was tragically killed in a car accident in Paris on August 31, 1997, after being chased by paparazzi in her vehicle.


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