A video of the infamous interview of Princess Diana with BBC1 Panorama aired in November 1995 resurfaced and has gone viral on Facebook.
A Facebook user Hicham Bennir shared the video on social meda on Tuesday. In the interview, the People’s Princess opened her heart out about marriage, being married into the British royal family, life thereafter, staying constantly under the media glare and much-talked about divorce and isolated life.
The video till the time of writing has received 28 million views, more than 500K shares, 21K comments. Princess Diana said that “they” (Royal Family) saw her as a threat. She added that every strong woman in the world has to walk the path, and it was her strength that caused fear.
Whenever a woman comes out strong in difficult circumstances, everyone around her start questioning as to why she is strong, from where does she get her strength and where she would be taking it. The interview caused a furor in Britain and world over as well. Also, the royal family, or any family members, nor Prince Charles was aware of what was coming.
She however, made it clear in the interview that she never aspired to be the queen, but wanted “to be a queen of people’s hearts.” Diana added that many people would also not want her to be the queen, specifying “the establishment” that she was married into. They always thought her to be a “non-starter.”
The interview was a way in which Diana wanted to reassure the world that she would never let them down, BBC reports. She told Bashir that apart from her two children William and Harry, whom she loved very much, it was the people who loved and supported her since 15 years who mattered to her. Though, Princess Diana looked calm and composed during the chat, the underlying pain since the time she was a naïve 18-year-old engaged to Charles reflected in her eyes.
In a question to whether Charles would ever become king, Diana replied that no one knew the answer. “There was always conflict on that subject with him when we discussed it, and I understood that conflict, because it’s a very demanding role, being Prince of Wales, but it’s an equally more demanding role being King,” she said. Diana was sceptical whether Charles would be able to adapt to the “enormous limitations” of the top job.
Meanwhile, a handwritten letter by the princess in 1993, just 10 months after her separation from Prince Charles claimed that she was going to be murdered, The Telegraph reported in December 2007. In fact the premonition of Diana came true when she was killed in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997.
“This particular phase in my life is the most dangerous – my husband is planning ‘an accident’ in my car, brake failure and serious head injury in order to make the path clear for him to marry Tiggy. Camilla is nothing but a decoy, so we are all being used by the man in every sense of the word,” read the contents of the letter. It was written by the princess in October 1993.
Tiggy Legge-Bourke was the former nanny to Princes William and Harry. The letter was sent to Paul Burrell, Diana’s then butler. The letter was shown at the inquest at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. Charles and Diana divorced in 1996, after staying separately for four years.
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