First look at new documentary on Princess Diana to be released next month

HBO has released the official trailer for its upcoming documentary charting the rise and fall of Diana, Princess of Wales.

The film, titled The Princess, comes shortly before the 25th anniversary of the princess’ death in 1997 and will be released on the US streamer on August 13.

It will explore Diana’s complex relationship with the media and her romance with the Duke of Wales, including their marriage through to their infamous split in 1992.

The film will also show how the paparazzi frenzy contributed to Diana’s death at the age of just 36.

“I think we’ve got an unhealthy obsession, and I think she’s very close to being a monster,” a voice is heard to say in the teaser.

“When you put a modern person in an ancient institution, they will be destroyed,” adds another.

Describing the “intensely emotional” film, HBO said: “The Princess is a visceral submersion into Diana’s life in the constant and often intrusive glare of the media spotlight.

“The film unfolds as if it were in the present, allowing viewers to experience the overwhelming adoration, but also intense scrutiny of Diana’s every move and the constant judgement of her character.

“Through archival material, the film is also a reflection of society at the time, revealing the public’s own preoccupations, fears, aspirations, and desires.”

The news of the documentary comes less than a month after what would have been the late Royal’s 61st birthday.

To mark the special day on July 1, Diana’s brother Charles penned a heartfelt tribute to his sister.

He took to Instagram to share a photograph of one of the 90 plaques embedded across London which pay tribute to Princess Diana, and spoke of the "enduring impact" she has had on Britain.

Captioning the post, he said: "Yesterday I was crossing a park in London when I suddenly came across this in the pathway – one of the many that stud parts of the capital, in Diana’s memory.

"Amazing to think of the enduring impact of a woman who died so young. Today – 25 years on – would have been her 61st birthday."

Diana’s eldest son Prince William also paid homage to his mother on her birthday.

The Duke of Cambridge penned a letter to congratulate the latest recipients of the Diana Award, which recognises people aged 9 to 25 for their social action and humanitarian work.

In the letter which came from Kensington Palace and was signed off with William's trademark 'W', which he uses on social media, he wrote: "Congratulations on receiving The Diana Award today! You are part of an inspirational generation of young people who are changing the world through your actions, and I hugely admire your efforts," he wrote in the letter, which was written on official Kensington Palace stationery carrying his "W" royal cipher.

"I hugely admire your efforts. Your stories are remarkable. Many of you face huge challenges in the face of difficult times, yet you are tirelessly breaking down barriers to create a better future for us all," he continued.

"You truly are the personification of my mother's legacy and I know she would be so proud of you all. I believe there's no better way to celebrate her life and work than through recognising incredible people who dedicate so much time and effort to helping those around them."


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