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Review: The Last Days of Diana

Even over two decades after her death, Diana, Princess of Wales fascinates people to this day. This year, Diana would have turned 60 on 1 July, so many documentaries and programmes are being released to mark the occasion throughout the year.

Coming later this month, The Last Days of Diana will be released by Entertain Me (EM) Productions, and Royal Central got an exclusive preview of the hour-long film ahead of its release.

The film focuses on Diana’s final days and the impact of her 1997 death in a Paris car crash. There are flashbacks to important speeches she gave, the famous engagement interview with her and the Prince of Wales in 1981 and their wedding.

It features interviews from Paul Burrell, Camilla Tominey, and Katie Nicholl.

The title makes you think that the documentary will be focusing on the final few days of her life; however, it begins with the divorce and Panorama interview, which were a couple of years before her death. James Hewitt is brought up, but they do make sure to say that he is not Prince Harry’s father with remarks by Diana’s former butler, Paul Burrell. Hewitt did not meet Diana until after Harry was born. Hasnat Khan was also discussed with excerpts from an interview he gave regarding Diana’s visit to Pakistan and meeting his family.

It takes around 15 minutes to get to Diana’s trip to Angola, where she campaigned against landmines in the final weeks of her life. It was one of the most important trips of her lifetime, so I enjoyed seeing the footage from that trip – much of which I had not personally seen before. Diana’s relationship with Dodi Fayed took 30 minutes to get to; her relationship with Fayed took place in the last 30 days of her life.

The footage around the Paris car crash, the tributes in London after her passing and the funeral were tastefully done. It was also interesting to see some of the news footage and commentary in the immediate aftermath of her death announcement. The Last Days of Diana does not provide any new information to those who follow the Royal Family, but it does end as a lovely tribute to a much-loved princess.

The Last Days of Diana will be released on 18 May.

EM Productions is an independent production house in the United Kingdom that distributes documentaries globally. Other royal related documentaries available include Queen Elizabeth: The Unlikely Queen, Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip: Love, Marriage & Country and Harry & Meghan: The Price of Freedom. Many of their shows are available on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, and Apple TV.

About author

Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.