The whole kingdom is above the moon. In 1981, Buckingham Palace announced that heir to the throne Charles had found a bride: Diana Frances Spencer, who was only 20 years old. In the TV interview, they were asked what they had in common, and these early archive photos already show that there doesn’t seem to be much passion in the relationship. “We definitely love being outdoors,” Charles says. One loves music too, which is another remarkably unsurprising answer. Diana is standing next to him in these photos and laughing a little embarrassed.
“The Princess” is a documentary by Academy Award-nominated director Ed Perkins. He refrains from interviewing contemporary witnesses, and instead focuses exclusively on television images of the time. And whenever Diana and Charles appeared, there were more of them. When visiting Australia, skiing, at the White House with US President Ronald Reagan, there are always tons of cameras. They especially want to see Diana.
“The Princess”: Diana turns from a favorite character into an enemy
A beautiful young woman who approaches people, hugs them and has a smile for everyone. “She wanted to know from the people more than the usual conversation the royal family usually had with people: How are you and how long have you lived here?” says the movie.
Charles and Lady D’s early failed wedding photos
The Princess movie convincingly shows how marriages seem to fail at a young age. Television experts of the time rumored: “They don’t talk to each other anymore.” After Prince Harry was born, Charles went to play polo. In the early 90s, there were amazing discoveries. Charles already loves Camilla Parker Bowles, and Diana also admits in an interview that she was unfaithful.
At this point, the movie makes an interesting note. Beloved Diana becomes Diana the enemy. When she goes to the gym, some talk show viewers complain that she does it just to get attention. Its use for charitable purposes is briefly justified with the desire for fame.
August 31, 1997: Diana dies “I killed her!”
On August 31, 1997, a car with Diana and her partner Dodi Al-Fayed sped through Paris, chased by a crowd of paparazzi. The accident in the Pont de Alma shocked the world. Hundreds of thousands of flowers were laid out in front of Kensington Palace in London. “You killed her,” shouted a passerby to the photographers.
The documentary reveals a lot about Diana and the media
“The Princess” is an elaborate autobiography of public figure Diana, from 1981’s shy kindergarten teacher to the world’s beloved and hated icon at the end of her life. Rating interviews are not missing. The photographs collected by Ed Perkins reveal a great deal about them and the media that have accompanied them throughout their lives.
- production year:
- Production country:
- United kingdom
- Ed Perkins
- 104 minutes
- Play release:
- 30 June 2022