July 18, 2022
The HBO Original documentary film The Princess will debut Aug. 13 on HBO and HBO Max, coinciding with the 25th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death.
The Princess, which had its world premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, is an intimate and immersive look at the life of Princess Diana directed by Academy Award nominee Ed Perkins (Black Sheep, Tell Me Who I Am).
The relationship of Diana and Charles, the Prince and Princess of Wales, was tabloid fodder for nearly two decades, the subject of almost daily headlines in the 24-hour news cycle. The Princess draws solely from contemporaneous archival audio and video footage to take audiences back to key events in Diana’s life as they happened, including their seemingly fairy-tale public courtship and wedding, the birth of their two sons, their bitter divorce, and Diana’s tragic and untimely death on Aug. 31, 1997.
The film unfolds as if it were in the present, allowing viewers to experience the overwhelming adoration, but also intense scrutiny of Diana’s every move and the constant judgement of her character. Through archival material, the film is also a reflection of society at the time, revealing the public’s own preoccupations, fears, aspirations, and desires.