It's been nearly 20 years since Princess Diana has passed away, but her presence remains strong. Marking the 20-year anniversary since her untimely death on August 31, 1997, HBO will release a Princess Diana documentary this summer and give intimate insight about who she was in a way audiences have yet to see. Princess Diana was largely known and adored for her relentless charitable work. In the upcoming documentary, her sons Prince William and Prince Harry will open up on how her huge heart affected them and who she was beneath the public figure.
According to E!, the program will feature the princes talking "openly and in depth" about their mother's presence and also give their take on her commitment to helping others. Princess Diana is known for being involved with organizations helping the homeless, victims of HIV/AIDS, landmine workers, addicts, the elderly, children's hospitals, and more. While that's truly legendary in and of itself, hopefully the documentary will shed light on more personal accounts, as it promises to.
Princess Diana (who also went by Princess Di, because she was everyone's BFF), was pretty open about her struggles — from unforgiving public life, to depression, self-harm, and bulimia. Hopefully, this documentary will further humanize the late icon.
Princess Diana and her former husband Prince Charles had their problems (to be shown on Feud Season 2), and she was transparent about them when she was alive. (Plus, she didn’t need to be married into royalty to continue her legacy.) That isn’t to say that their separation wasn’t public and heartbreaking for the family. Prince Charles had an affair with a former girlfriend, and Princess Diana began seeing a new man, Major James Hewitt. This epic Princess Diana quote came from it all: “Well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded... I’d like to be a queen of people’s hearts.”
Still, it would be completely moving for fans to see Prince William and Harry opening up on the impact that whole experience had on them then and continued to have ever since. I, as a fan, would love to see them getting personal about how they felt (and still feel) about it, and how Princess Diana dealt with everything behind closed doors.
Hopefully, the documentary will be as heartfelt and authentic as it seems to be. Between Prince Harry, Prince William, and the other close figures said to speak about Princess Diana publicly for the first time, it's likely the film will be an eye-opener. If there was one role Princess Diana was perhaps most passionate about, it was being a mom to William and Harry (who were 15 and 12 when she passed).