The late Princess Diana was the media’s mastermind, and a doctor who shamelessly spins off her wounded cause. This does not mean that her case was illegitimate: marriage A man of little interest in her loveShe was sold a raw deal disguised with saccharin frosting from her wedding cake.
Royal life was not the pleasure it promised, marriage was not the solace it had so long sought, and femininity was as terrifying and cruel as it had always feared. Diana could be reckless, but she wasn’t unreasonable. Which made the BBC’s use of megalomania all the more tragic.
As shown in The latest season of the crownThe Princess of Wales was igniting the flames of the breakdown of her marriage when Martin Bashir, BBC investigative correspondent panorama Alone, the wind of despair caught her. Her ex-boyfriend, James Hewitt, released a book about her; Another lover, Oliver Hoare, prompted her to make obsessive late-night phone calls. Prince Charles revealed his adultery to Jonathan Dimbleby in his own radio interview, along with revealing that he never loved his wife.
In essence: Diana was injured, and she felt the company tighten around her. She had always suspected that her phones had been tapped; that her employees were betraying her; The entire palace brigade is collaborating to topple her. Bashir recorded these feelings after the biography of Andrew Morton Diana: her true story It was published, and headlines surged with reports of her being mistreated and exiled. In other words, it was weak. But she was also on the defensive.
The princess was looking for an opportunity to respond to her estranged husband, something more attractive than the much-discussed “revenge dress”. Bashir gave it to her, albeit with an astonishing deception. Over the course of several months, he persuaded her to give a television interview, one in which she could voice all her grievances without interference. But to seal the deal, Bashir hired A panorama Graphic artist for creating fake bank statements, the ones that ‘made’ payments between News International publishers world News-and a one-time employee of Earl Spencer, Diana’s brother. Bashir established a false relationship between her inner circle and the media, which only added to Diana’s fears that her relatives were cheating on her.
And so she engaged in her own deception: she betrayed the unspoken rule of the palace Never speak. I knew the power of the media and decided to use it. The BBC interview took place on a Sunday in 1995 At Kensington Palace, after the staff had left for the evening. Reporters and their camera equipment entered Diana’s living room under the guise of introducing a new hi-fi system. Diana later dropped a press release announcing that the broadcast would be broadcast on November 14 – Prince Charles’ birthday.
In fact, the interview was broadcast on the 20th, but the effect was no less in the camp of the Prince of Wales. Nor did it go well at the BBC. as such the crown It appears that the BBC’s chairman was Marmaduke Hussey, who was married to Lady Susan Hussey, a close friend of the Queen. The BBC’s director-general, John Burt, chose not to warn Hussey about Diana’s broadcast, fearing it would be shelved over his accusation of Prince Charles and the King. As Tina Brown wrote in her 2007 book Diana recordsThis time, Diana’s instinct to get involved has ensnared the establishment that for the past half century has not only negotiated access to the royal family through official channels, but has also been the television partner of royalty for every appropriate state since the Queen’s coronation.
The broadcast was annoying: Lines like, “There were three of us in this marriage,” and “You won’t go quietly, that’s the problem,” echoed to this day. Twenty-three million Britons seized. While Morton’s book allowed Diana’s denial, there was no denying what the Princess of Wales was saying herself, right on TV. Everything from her dark blue eyes to her soft, stifling laughter spoke of her inner turmoil as naturally as her inner strength. (Actress Elizabeth Debicki, in and of itself, counts every second of her life panorama imitation of the interview in the crown.) After the interview is broadcast, a daily mirror An opinion poll showed that public support for the princess’ broadcast was 92 percent.
“Diana’s media moves have always anticipated the zeitgeist,” Brown wrote in her 2022 book. Palace Leaves. Her surprise interview with BBC correspondent Martin Bashir in November 1995 was opera confession without opera.
The panorama The interview was a hard-won moment, one that allowed Diana to publicly support her as she entered the world as a free woman. But it was shaken by the tragedies that inevitably existed. She was deceived by Bashir, who eventually lost credibility in a BBC investigation (though claimed The fraudulent bank statements “have no bearing on Diana’s decision to have an interview.” Even Princes William and Harry publicly denounced the tactics used to secure the interview as “cheater” And the “UnethicalAs recently as 2021. Shortly after the interview aired, Diana would be forever separated from the man she loves: she and Charles officially separated the following year. the crown The BBC interview was, rightly, both a tragedy and a revelation, a fitting, albeit painful, encapsulation of the woman herself.
Lauren Puckett-Pope is an associate editor at ELLE, where she covers film, television, books, and fashion.