Can you believe that we're coming up on the 10 year anniversary of Princess Diana's death? Later this month, CNN will air a documentary that takes a look at her early years. Below is an excerpt from the CNN Press Release:
As the 10th anniversary of Princess Diana’s tragic death approaches, CNN’s Soledad O’Brien reports an intimate portrait of the early years of the Princess of Wales. CNN: Special Investigations Unit - Growing Up Diana begins with her years growing up in the shadow of royalty and ends as her marriage approached troubled times, almost as it began. Growing Up Diana premieres on Tuesday, Aug. 21, at 8 p.m., and replays on Saturday, Aug. 25, and Sunday, Aug. 26, at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. All times Eastern.
O’Brien takes viewers on location to explore Diana’s childhood home, the place where she met Prince Charles, and the roots of her insecurities – all revealed through the words of people who knew her first hand, some of whom have never spoken previously.
The documentary features exclusive interviews including one with Inga Crane, Diana’s childhood au pair, and a 2001 CNN interview with Diana’s brother, Lord Charles Spencer. It also includes rare interviews with Robert Spencer, Diana’s cousin; Mary Clarke, Diana’s childhood nanny; Penny Walker, Diana’s former music teacher; James Colthurst, Diana’s close friend and confidante; and Mary Robertson, an American expatriate for whom Diana worked as a nanny. Robertson gives CNN viewers a first-ever look at Diana’s personal correspondence to her, revealing personal stories of a very public woman.
The documentary takes viewers through the courtship of Diana and Prince Charles, noting that they first met when she was just 16 years old and began dating in secret when she was 18. Charles was 31. Despite being hounded by reporters when news broke of their relationship, Diana was careful to stay silent until the engagement was announced.
O’Brien takes viewers behind the scenes of the most watched wedding of all time – more than 750 million people worldwide tuned in – with insiders at Diana’s side including one of her bridesmaids, her wedding gown designer and a close friend who says Diana almost canceled the wedding at the last minute.