ITV to air landmark Princess Diana documentary

A unique documentary celebrating the life and work of Diana, Princess of Wales, will be broadcast by ITV later this year.

The princess, whose life was cruelly cut short in a Parisian road tunnel 20 year ago, will include personal contributions from many key figures in her life – including Princes William and Harry.

The two people who knew her best will talk openly about their mother and the influence she had on shaping their lives, showing us Diana as never before. It follows recent interviews where they admit they never spoke about their mother enough, and how this affected their mental health.

Princess Diana became the nation’s sweetheart following her marriage to Prince Charles in 1981. While the media were obsessed with hair, clothes and any controversy they could dig up, the princess not-so quietly set about giving a voice to those who did not have one: AIDS and HIV sufferers, land mine victims, people with leprosy.

Just by being photographed holding hands with an AIDS patient, Diana helped to dispel the myths surrounding the condition. She sought to bring a little bit of love into the lives of people who, for one reason or another, felt none.

Doing what she did best - making ordinary people feel special on walkabout
Doing what she did best – making ordinary people feel special on walkabout

Numerous charities and organisations benefitted from her Patronage: Centrepoint, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Barnados, the National Aids Trust, the Leprosy Mission and the Royal Marsden Hospital were but a few.

Of her work at the Royal Brompton Hospital she said: “I make the trips at least three times a week, and spend up to four hours at a time with patients holding their hands and talking to them. Some of them will live and some will die, but they all need to be loved while they are here. I try to be there for them.”

She formed a close personal bond with fellow humanitarian Mother Teresa, after visiting her Hospice for the Sick and Dying in Kolkata, India, where she spent time with every one of the 50 patients.

Most importantly, she changed public perception of many unpopular causes, raising awareness of issues previously ignored by many. She knew unequivocally that her position allowed her to speak out on behalf of those who could not, and she made the most of the short time she had to do so.

The flower tribute for Diana at Kensington Palace
The flower tribute for Diana at Kensington Palace

Made by Oxford Film and Television, the producers of Our Queen at 90, the film has been commissioned for ITV by Jo Clinton-Davis, Controller of Factual, and Sue Murphy, Head of Factual Entertainment.

Jo said: “This new ITV film will offer viewers a fresh and revealing insight into Princess Diana through the personal and intimate reflections of her two sons and of her friends and family, many of whom have never spoken before, to bring together a definitive portrait of a unique person who touched the lives of millions.”

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