"Diana and the Paparizzi"
"Diana: The Day We Said Goodbye"
An enigmatic member of the British royal family, Princess Diana captured the hearts of millions worldwide in both her life and her death, and remains just as iconic today. On the 20th anniversary of her passing, Smithsonian Channel will honor the “People’s Princess” with an exclusive royal event commemorating the woman at the center of immense public fascination. The two specials detail the life and death of Diana and illustrate how the public’s and media’s obsession with her not only served as a catalyst for the fatal car crash that took her life, but also played a major role at her funeral and has lasted well after her untimely death. “DIANA AND THE PAPARAZZI” premieres Sunday, August 27 at 8 PM ET/PT, followed by “DIANA: THE DAY WE SAID GOODBYE” at 9 PM ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel.
The most photographed woman in the world from 1985 until 1997, Diana suffered from constant hounding from paparazzi, but she also brilliantly used the press limelight to her own advantage, to promote the charitable and humanitarian causes that she cared so passionately about. “DIANA AND THE PAPARAZZI” follows her attempt to strike this balance before, unsuccessfully, trying to retire from public life in an effort to curb the relentless trail of photographers and reporters cataloging her every move. The special features interviews and footage of Diana’s personal friends, security and staff as well as the paparazzi that photographed her, including some who were present at the scene of her fatal car crash just seconds after impact. This special brings viewers right up against the lens that Diana was so often photographed through, showing how the incessant chasing by paparazzi forever changed her life and factored into her death.
A televised event viewed by over 2 billion people worldwide, Diana’s funeral became the focal point of a nation in grief and provided a stunning tribute to their princess. “DIANA: THE DAY WE SAID GOODBYE,” narrated by Kate Winslet, recounts the day of her funeral from the experiences of guardsmen, reporters, pallbearers and more as they share the sights and sounds of that day, some speaking publicly about the day for the first time. This special takes viewers on the journey of the cortege from Kensington Palace to Westminster Abbey through the crowded streets of mourners in London and hears from those who witnessed the procession pass by on that otherwise idyllic September morning. It was the world’s love for Diana that made her funeral one fit for the final goodbye of the "People's Princess.” The special also reveals how one of the funeral’s signature moments – Elton John singing “Goodbye England’s Rose” – almost didn’t happen, because officials at Westminster Abbey objected to the lyrics of the original, “Candle in the Wind.”