HBO’s documentary The Princess, which covers the life and death of Princess Diana, will premiere on the network and the HBO Max streaming service on August 13, coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the late royal’s death.
Premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, the doc is described as an intimate and immersive look at the life of the princess, drawing on contemporaneous archival audio and video footage to explore key events in her life: her seemingly fairy-tale public courtship and wedding with Prince Charles, and the births of their two sons; her troubled relationship with her husband, and their subsequent divorce; and her untimely death in a car accident on August 31, 1997, caused in part by a high-speed pursuit by paparazzi.
The documentary also examines the constant, often intrusive media spotlight on Diana’s life, which was tabloid fodder for nearly 20 years and received almost daily attention in the early days of the 24-hour news cycle. Employing archival material absent any latter-day commentary, the filmmakers seek to impress upon viewers the sheer weight of both the overwhelming adoration — and the intense scrutiny and judgment — directed at Diana by the press.
The Princess is a presentation of HBO Documentary Films, in association with Sky. It was produced by Lightbox, with Ed Perkins as director, Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn as producers, and Vanessa Tovell as co-producer. Anna Klein is the coordinating producer for HBO, with Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller serving as executive producers for the network.