What else do you need to know about princess dianahis strange life and incredibly tragic death?
The mother of Prince William and Prince Harry—on one side the Princess of the People and on the other a thorn in the side of the Crown from the moment when she and prince charles said “yes”, depending on who you ask – will be gone 25 on August 31. She is one of the most dissected public figures of all time, her relationship with the royal family, press and citizens who have alternately adored and excoriated her seemingly examined from every angle.
But the HBO documentary Princess, composed entirely of archival footage and commentary from the 1980s and 1990s, sends him back to the time in question as his life unfolded: no re-enactments, no narration or contemporary analysis of a bygone era. . Much of the ambient noise is provided by the sound of camera shutters clicking.
The end result isn’t an attempt to see the “real” Diana behind the scenes, but rather a ruthless look at how her real life was turned into a 24/7 spectacle. And it’s unclear, 42 years after the British press first caught wind of the heir to the throne, the most promising love interest to date, if anything has changed.