HBO announced plans today to commemorate the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, with what the network calls a landmark documentary. Diana died 20 years ago, in August 1997.
“HBO has U.S. rights to the film, produced by Oxford Film and Television for the ITV network in the U.K.,” HBO said in announcing the untitled project. “The unprecedented documentary will be built around interviews with The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, both of whom talk openly and in depth about their mother and how her influence has shaped their lives.”
The announcement adds: “Their Royal Highnesses will also offer their perspective on the Princess’ unique contribution to public life, including her charitable and humanitarian work. Areas including landmines, child bereavement, homelessness and HIV and AIDS, will be explored.”
The film will air on HBO and ITV later this year.
HBO noted that the project “will also include individual contributions from many key figures in the Princess’ life and new archival material. Through the personal and intimate reflections of her two sons and of her friends and family, many of whom have never spoken publicly before, the film will offer fresh and revealing insights into Princess Diana, an iconic figure who touched the lives of millions.”
Nick Kent, the film’s executive producer at Oxford Film and Television, commented: “This film will show Princess Diana in a way she has never been seen before, through the eyes of the two people who knew her best.”
The film is produced and directed by Ashley Gething.