Princess Diana- revisiting her legacy and our loss
August 2017 has been a month of reckoning for fans of Princess Diana in the UK and around the world. With the growing list of tributes and documentaries released this August, all try to capture the magic Diana created during her short life of 36 years. It quickly becomes evident in most of these faithful documentaries including “Diana: The People’s Princess” and Channel 4’s, “Diana in Her Own Words”, that Prince Charles was in fact the only person who was not enchanted by his wife and dedicated to his then mistress, Camilla Parker Bowles.
In the movie, “The Duchess”, the Duke of Devonshire (played with stoic perfection by Ralph Fiennes) insists on insulting his wife, the vivacious and beautiful Georgiana Spencer (ancestor to Princess Diana) by openly living with his mistress who was originally his wife’s consort and friend. The feelings of injustice are stirred up in the viewer as it becomes apparent that the Duke’s only objective with the Duchess is to secure a male heir. The eerie resemblance of Georgiana’s plight to that of Diana is evident in the documentaries that have appeared on BBC and NBC where the Princess expressed her utter despair over the formidable challenge of having three people in her marriage.
Diana’s latest tribute, “Diana, 7 Days” stokes the injustice she suffered
In the stirring tribute released in recent days before her 20th death anniversary, “Diana, 7 Days” features candid and personal reflections of her younger brother Charles Spencer, her sister Lady Sarah, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and most poignantly her sons among others. Prince William shares how as a fifteen year old boy, he was confused to see the genuine despair and devastation of thousands who gathered outside the gates of Kensington Palace as they had never met his mother. Prince William relates his touching revelation over the years how her true empathy for the common man created a deep sense of identity with her loss. The airing of this documentary on BBC One renews the sense of grief for fans like myself as it is a stark reminder of the extremely controversial and hurtful role the paparazzi played in her death. Prince Harry’s reflections on the heartless and reprehensible actions that fateful night in Paris not only reflect his bravery to face this, but his deep sadness that such disregard could have existed. “Diana, 7 Days” airs Sept. 1st on NBC and according to media sources is the last time Prince William and Prince Harry will speak at length on the death of their loving and most amazing mother.