Martin Bashir interviewed Princess Diana in Kensington Palace for the television programme Panorama (Picture: Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
Following Channel 4’s documentary looking back at Princess Diana’s infamous interview with the BBC’s Panorama, ITV are airing their take on the topic tonight.
ITV’s documentary, called Diana, Revenge of a Princess, seeks to answer questions about how and why Diana – who was killed in 1997 aged 36 in a Paris car crash – took part in the interview, that ended up featuring explosive revelations about her marriage and the monarchy.
Announcing the new documentary ITV said: ‘The Princess revealed a royal marriage in crisis, infidelities on both sides, and a degree of personal misery that had made her seriously ill. It was watershed television, affecting public perceptions of the monarchy and prompting a constitutional crisis, but what had led to this extraordinary moment?’
The boss of the BBC has said the broadcaster is taking recent allegations relating to the Panorama interview ‘very seriously’.
When was the Princess Diana Panorama interview?
Diana, Princess of Wales’ interview with the BBC’s Panorama first aired 25 years ago in November 1995 and was watched by over 21 million people.
Shaminder Nahal, Commissioning Editor at Channel 4 said: ‘This is one of the world’s most famous television interviews – viewers watched enthralled and shocked as Princess Diana revealed the stories of her broken marriage. Years of deep digging into what really happened has led to Diana: The Truth Behind the Interview and it’s a genuinely intriguing and fascinating watch, raising serious questions that have been unanswered for years.’
Why was Princess Diana’s Panorama interview so controversial?
The interview Princess Diana gave to the BBC’s Panorama programme was so controversial because it was unprecedented for a member of the Royal Family at the time to be so candid and share so many personal details of their life behind palace walls.
Princess Diana made many revelations in the 1995 Panorama interview that made headlines at the time and still stir controversy today.
As well as sharing intimate details of her own private life and her husband’s affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, Diana also spoke of how her marriage and role in the monarchy had affected her mental health.
She also spoke of suffering from post-natal depression, admitted that she ‘had bulimia for a number of years’ and had self-harmed.
During the interview, Diana made her now-famous statement: ‘There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded’ and also confessed to the fact that she had never been sure of the prospect of one day becoming Queen: ‘I’d like to be a queen of people’s hearts, in people’s hearts, but I don’t see myself being Queen of this country.’
You can read the full transcript of the BBC1 Panorama interview with Princess Diana here.
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