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HBO has announced the premiere date for The Princess, a documentary about the life of Princess Diana.

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The Princess — Photo courtesy of HBO

An intimate and immersive look at the life of Princess Diana, The Princess, an HBO Original documentary, premieres on HBO on Saturday, August 13, at 8 PM ET/PT — coinciding with the 25th anniversary of Princess Diana’s tragic death. The feature-length film, which had its world premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, will also be available to stream on HBO Max.

The relationship of Diana and Charles, the Princess and Prince 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 the couple’s seemingly fairy-tale public courtship and wedding, the birth of their two sons, their bitter divorce, and Diana’s tragic and untimely death on August 31, 1997.

Intensely emotional, The Princess is a visceral submersion into Diana’s life in the constant and often intrusive glare of the media spotlight. 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 also reflects society at the time, revealing the public’s own preoccupations, fears, aspirations, and desires.

Princess Diana’s death, caused in part by a high-speed pursuit by paparazzi, was a moment for reflection by both the public and the media machine it feeds. However, after nearly 25 years since the tragedy, the question remains: Has anything really changed?

A production of Lightbox, presented by HBO Documentary Films in association with SKY, The Princess is directed by Academy Award® nominee Ed Perkins (Black Sheep, Tell Me Who I Am) and produced by Academy Award® winner Simon Chinn (Man on Wire, Searching for Sugar Man) and Emmy® Award winner Jonathan Chinn (LA92, Tina).

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The Princess: HBO Sets Premiere Date for Princess Diana Documentary
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