NBC will be commemorating the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death with a new documentary, and for the first time, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and his brother, Prince Harry, will participate in on-camera interviews to share their first reactions to their mother’s passing.
The interviews will air as part of a two-hour documentary, “Diana, 7 Days”, which covers the week from the Princess of Wales’ tragic death to her funeral, and the remarkable outpouring of public grief that followed. NBC will premiere the documentary Friday, Sept. 1, the day after the anniversary of her death on Aug. 31.
“Part of the reason why Harry and I want to do this is because we feel we owe it to her,” Prince William says in the documentary. “I think an element of it is feeling like we let her down when we were younger. We couldn’t protect her. We feel we at least owe her, 20 years on, to stand up for her name and remind everybody of the character and person that she was. Do our duties as sons in protecting her.”
The film, directed by documentarian Henry Singer (“9/11: The Falling Man”), will also feature conversations with family members, close friends, political figures and journalists, including former British prime minister Tony Blair, Alastair Campbell, Earl Spencer, and Lady Sarah McCorquodale. Much like Princess Diana’s sons, many of them will be speaking publicly for the first time about the events of that week.
Princess Diana died on Aug. 31, 1997, after sustaining fatal injuries in a car crash in the Pont de l’Alma road tunnel in Paris, France. According to a press release, “Diana, 7 Days” will see Prince William and Prince Harry sharing their initial reactions to the news, memories of the public mourning, their reactions to the day of the funeral and the roles they played, as well as personal memories of their mother and what she meant to them both then and now.
“When she died there was such an outpour of emotion and love which was quite shocking,” Prince Harry says in the film. “It was beautiful at the same time, and it was amazing now looking back at it. It was amazing that our mother had such a huge effect on so many people.
“When you’re that young and something like that happens to you, I think it’s lodged in here, there, wherever – in your heart, in your head and it stays there for a very, very long time. I think it’s never going to be easy for the two of us to talk about our mother, but 20 years on seems like a good time to remind people of the difference that she made, not just to the Royal Family but also to the world.”
The documentary, produced by the BBC, is one of many recent projects coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the Princess of Wales’ death. “The Story of Diana” is currently airing on ABC, and last month HBO premiered “Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy”, which was produced with the blessing of her sons.
“Diana, 7 Days” airs Friday, Sept. 1 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.