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Princess Diana: 25 Years After Death She Reigns As Pop Icon


Princess Diana, who died tragically in an automobile crash in Paris 25 years back Wednesday, remains a figure of popular fascination, with her depiction in recent movies, television series and public displays keeping her memory alive and introducing the princess to a generation that has been born after her death.

Britains Diana, Princess of Wales, casts a doe-eyed glance during an evening reception distributed by the … [+] West German President Richard von Weizsacker honoring the British Royal guests in Bonn, Germany, Monday, November 2, 1987.

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In 2020, her portrayal by Emma Corrin in Season 4 of Netflixs megahit The Crown showed young Dianas earliest days in the royal family after marrying Prince Charles in in 1981. (Some have drawn connections from her sympathetic depiction in The Crown to an unflattering barrage of comments left on the social media marketing account of her ex-husband, Prince Charles, and his second wife, Camilla, from young users claiming to be Team Diana.)

The series is this type of hit that British culture officials and Dianas brother, Charles Spencer, have needed Netflix to add a disclaimer that plot points in the series have already been fictionalized, with Spencer saying, Americans tell me they will have watched The Crown as though they will have taken a brief history lesson.

This past year, Kristen Stewart played the princess in director Pablo Larrans film Spencer, which occurs as Dianas marriage is falling apart over a tumultuous Christmas in 1991 at the Queens Sandringham estate, that Stewart received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress (despite some initial controversy over her casting).

Earlier this month, HBO released the documentary The Princess, which delves into Dianas life through her relationship with the media using 16 years of footage, including clips of a controversial 1995 interview she gave to BBC Panorama reporter Martin Bashir, who this past year was found by a study to possess deceived and manipulated the princess into getting involved in. (Following the investigation made its findings public, Dianas sons, William and Harry, issued harsh statements, and William has insisted that footage from the interview never be utilized again.)

Come early july, the Spencer family tiara Diana wore during her 1981 wedding to Charles was placed on display in London for the very first time because the 1960s within an exhibit of aristocratic tiaras to celebrate Queen Elizabeths Platinum Jubilee.

This past year, William and Harry unveiled a statue of Diana at Kensington Palace, her longtime royal residence, on which could have been her 60th birthday, while among Londons historic blue plaques was placed at the West London apartment Diana distributed to fellow Sloane Ranger friends right before her engagement to Charles.


Diana will once more be taken to life on screens when Season 5 of The Crown premieres on Netflix in November. Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki will play the princess in a season that may likely show the slow collapse of Diana and Charles marriage, and can reportedly feature the controversial BBC Panorama interview where she candidly discussed Charles affair with Camilla and said the famous line, There have been three folks in this marriage, so that it was a little crowded.

Key Background

Princess Dianas fans prearranged flowers and mementos at the south gate of Kensington Palace Wednesday to mark the princess deathas they will have for days gone by 25 yearsbut Dianas two sons are anticipated to mark her death privately in the home. Harry, who now lives in California along with his wife, Meghan Markle, said at a charity polo match the other day he really wants to spend the anniversary of his mothers death with my children, who I wish may have met her. Harrys year-old daughter, Lilibet Diana, is known as for both Harrys mother and grandmother, Queen Elizabeth. Harry and William gave interviews regarding Diana on the 20th anniversary of her death in 2017 within a promotion for a mental health campaign. At that time, William told reporters that it had been the only real time he’d speak candidly about his mothers death. Dianas brother Charles Spencer posted an image of the flag at Althorp, the Spencer family estate where Diana is buried, lowered to half-staff in mourning. No members of the royal family have made public statements concerning the anniversary of Dianas death.

Further Reading

Princess Dianas Wedding Tiara CONTINUES ON Display For Queen Elizabeths Platinum Jubilee (Forbes)

Heres Why Harry And Meghan Named Their Daughter Lilibet (Forbes)

Princes William And Harry Slam Deceitful BBC Interview With Princess Diana (Forbes)

Netflixs The Crown WILL INCLUDE Disclaimer That Its Fiction, U.K. Culture Official Says (Forbes)

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