Just when you thought you knew everything there was to know about Princess Diana, an exclusive REELZ special goes behind another side of her tragic story. In The Diana Interview: Revenge of a Princess, airing on Saturday, March 20, those who witnessed the princess' marriage descend into tragedy speak about her desolation in what was said to be an off-the-record interview with BBC royal reporter Jennie Bond.
According to the documentary, despite the risks, Diana was desperate to get her story out before her pending divorce. She explained her difficult situation to Bond in an alleged private conversation revealed in this special for the first time.
"Diana told me that she feared that as part of the divorce settlement she felt was coming, she would be gagged," claims Bond, a correspondent from 1989-2001. "She would be prohibited from talking publicly about the marriage in any way. It was then or never."
A stunned nation watched as Diana would go on to pour her heart out on national television. She revealed a royal marriage in crisis, infidelities on both sides and a sense of personal misery that made her incredibly sick. The interview with Bond, conducted in secrecy, according to the REELZ doc, "affected public perceptions of the monarchy and prompted a constitutional crisis."
The explosive documentary reveals that Princess Diana had a key concern.
“...The princess had expressed one major reservation, and that was that if this became known to Buckingham Palace, Buckingham Palace would find a way of stopping it,” says Richard Ayre, BBC controller of editorial policy from 1993-1996.
With the help of previously unseen documents and footage, as well as eyewitness testimony from inside the room, viewers will discover how and why this groundbreaking tell-all interview came to happen.
The Diana Interview: Revenge of a Princess airs March 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on REELZ.
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