NatGeo Explains How Princess Diana Changed the Idea of What a Princess Should Be


Lady Diana Spencer was only 20 years old when she married Prince Charles and became the United Kingdom’s own Princess of Wales. To the 750 million viewers who watched her 1981 wedding on television, Diana was a charming, down-to-earth princess who’d won her fairy tale marriage. But a decade later she sadly described the wedding as “the worst day of my life.”


Princess Di, as she was affectionately known, made that confession during a series of taped interviews with journalist Andrew Morton, who was writing a book about her life. She spoke candidly about her troubled marriage, her struggle with bulimia, and her difficulty handling life in the public eye. Most of the material has never been broadcast, but on Monday, August 14 at 9/8c, the tapes will resurface in Diana: In Her Own Words, a documentary premiering on National Geographic.


The new film comes 20 years after Lady Di’s shocking death in a car crash. Although by that time she had divorced Charles, she remained an international icon and mother to two princes. On the anniversary of her death, we spoke with Tom Jennings, executive producer of the new film, about the humanitarian causes Lady Di championed, and how she changed the role of the royal family.


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