The late Princess of Wales was just 36 when she tragically died in a car crash in Paris in 1997. This week a new documentary film, titled Princess, is being released. The film, directed by Ed Perkins, takes a fresh approach to the story of Diana’s tragic life and death through archival footage. Prior to the release, Mr. Perkins discussed the film on Lorraine and spoke of Diana’s “un-British” funeral.
Host Lorraine Kelly said: “[And] after his death, the outpouring of grief, there’s never been anything like it.”
The host, who recalls reporting on the 1997 funeral, said when Diana’s coffin appeared people were “sobbing and crying” and called the experience “medieval”.
Mr Perkins said: “As an 11-year-old child, I spent the week after his death watching television and I just remember, as you say, watching hundreds and thousands of men and women, men and grown women, take to the streets of London and cry.
“It was very un-British in a way, this sort of extraordinary outpouring of unprecedented grief.”
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He added: I guess at 11 I didn’t feel emotionally invested enough in the story to feel sad, I just remember feeling, sort of, confused.
“Maybe that confusion has stuck with me for a bit throughout my life and I’m kind of going back to it now and thinking about what specifically was Diana about, or what she meant to people, which caused so many people to react in the way that [they] done after his death.
Princess Diana died on August 31, 1997.
She died from injuries she sustained in a car accident in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris, France.
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Princess Diana was Prince Charles’ first wife and the couple married in 1981 when Diana was just 20.
In the following years, after their marriage, the couple was plagued by rumors of marital problems.
In 1992, Charles and Diana’s separation was announced by Prime Minister John Major.
The couple divorced in 1996, just a year before the princess’s tragic death.