New Princess Diana documentary shows sons’ viewpoint

LONDON, 23 July 2017: 

Britain’s Prince William and Harry talk about the last phone call they ever had with their mother Princess Diana, before she died, in a new documentary.

Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy is being released to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death in a Paris car crash on 31 Aug 1997.

“I think you get the private Diana,” said Nick Kent, the film’s executive producer. “Nobody has ever told this story from the point of view of the two people who knew her better than anyone else, and loved her the most: her sons.”

The princes recall their mother’s sense of humour, with Prince Harry describing her as “one of the naughtiest parents”. They also recall the pain of their parents’ divorce, and how they dealt with the news of her death and its aftermath.

While the film addresses such aspect of Diana’s life as her charity work involving HIV and landmines, it shies away from more controversial issues, such as extra-marital affairs.

According to the makers, however, the British royals were very open, and did not put any subject off limits. Rather, they wanted to cover new ground and make a different type of film.

“What we had in mind is that in years to come, Princes William and Prince Harry would be happy to show this film to their own children and say this is who your grandmother was,” Kent said.

Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy will be broadcast on British and US television tomorrow.

Separately, rarely-seen possessions belonging to Britain’s late Princess Diana – including her music collection and ballet shoes – are to go on display this summer at London’s Buckingham Palace to mark the 20th anniversary of her death.

Many of the objects selected to feature in the display were chosen by Diana‘s sons Princes William and Harry “to reflect their mother’s commitment to duty and their personal memories of her”, the Royal Collection Trust said.

Diana, the first wife of heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles, was killed in a car crash in Paris in August 1997 and a number of commemorative events have been planned to mark her death.

William and Harry attended a private service earlier this month to re-dedicate her grave and the brothers have also commissioned a statue to be erected in her honour outside their official London home.

Among the possessions to be featured in the display are a leather photo frame with pictures of family and friends, a burgundy leather briefcase, and her school “tuck box”, which she used to keep sweets and other treats in while she was away at boarding school, which has the name “D Spencer” written on it.

The tribute also includes a case of cassette tapes, featuring albums by artists such as George Michael, Diana Ross and Elton John, who famously sang at her funeral.

The exhibition opened yesterday and visitors to the palace will also be able to see a collection of more than 200 gifts made to Queen Elizabeth during her 65-year reign including a paperweight made from a dinosaur bone and a Union Flag badge worn in space by British astronaut Major Tim Peake.

– Reuters

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