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Diana’s monumental fallout with the Royal Family came following her tell-all interview with the BBC’s Martin Bashir 25 years ago. Some 23 million people are thought to have tuned in to watch it, with Diana openly talking about intimate details of her relationship with Prince Charles. Many note that the interview was the final straw and that Diana had long been drifting from the Firm.
She and Charles divorced in 1996, reportedly on the Queen’s orders.
Just a year later, she passed away in a tragic car accident.
Controversy around the pair has lingered ever since, and was only furthered in 2017 after Channel 4 broadcast ‘Diana: In Her Own Words’.
It was here, through a series of recorded conversations with her voice coach, that Diana divulged her exasperation over her treatment in the hands of the Royal Family.
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In one instance, she claimed that she was left to her own devices, with no one ever helping her during some of the toughest periods in her life.
Talking about her propulsion into the spotlight, she said: “I learned to be royal in one week.
“I was thrown into the deep end, which, now, I prefer it that way.
“Nobody ever helped me – at all.
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“They’d be there to criticise, but never there to say, ‘Well done.'”
Diana, known as the People’s Princess, has shot back into the public’s psyche in recent weeks following the release of The Crown season four on Netflix.
Here, Diana’s struggle against fitting into the mould of The Firm is played out.
Several sensitive issues are covered, including Diana’s fight with her own deteriorating mental health.
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The Princess had, at the time, spoken openly about her bulimia, both in tapes she sent to Andrew Morton when he was writing his 1992 book ‘Diana: Her True Story’, and during her 1995 interview with Panorama.
In the tapes, she said that the eating disorder had started just a week after she and Charles had become engaged.
It would go on to dominate a large part of her life for the next ten years.
Both her sons, Prince Harry and William, have repeatedly talked about the everyday pain they suffer as a result of her absence.
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Harry has been particularly affected by her death.
He has previously noted how in early adulthood, he blocked out the memory of his mother by becoming “Crazy Harry” known for partying.
It was something, he said in 2017, wrongly helped him believe that “life is great, life is fine”.
However, he added: “And then I started to have a few conversations.
“And actually all of a sudden, all of this grief that I have never processed started to come to the forefront and I was, like, ‘There is actually a lot of stuff here that I need to deal with.'”
Meanwhile, Netflix has come under severe pressure from friends of the Royal Family over both its depictions of Diana and the Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret.
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Much of the anger over the latter, many claim, is because The Crown over-dramatises many things that are not factually or historically correct.
Last week, the streaming giant resisted calls that the programme should feature a disclaimer marking it as fiction in the opening credits.
In a statement, Netflix said: “We have always presented The Crown as a drama – and we have every confidence our members understand it’s a work of fiction that’s broadly based on historical events.
“As a result, we have no plans – and see no need – to add a disclaimer.”