The Diana Years
This year marks the tenth anniversary of the tragic and untimely death of Diana, Princess of Wales in a car accident in
The Diana Years provided unseen footage accompanied by the music of the time (Abba, Barbara Streisand, Neil Diamond and Aha). We are told that much of the music comes from Diana’s own personal collection, Various people have taken part in the series including James Whitaker (Royal Correspondent), Sarah Bradford (Royal biographer) and Andrew Morton, controversial writer of “Diana: Her True Story”.
The first programme of the series focussed on Diana’s life during 1980 – 1984.
Prince Charles had been known as a bit of a playboy, with much speculation regarding the woman that he would marry to become the future Queen. In 1980, Lady Diana Spencer was receiving much press attention, at a time when the
The program went on to describe the engagement of Charles and Diana in February 1980 and their subsequent wedding on
Diana’s honeymoon was not as happy as it could have been, as she felt tremendous pressure on Royal engagements and made nervous speeches in public. She had developed bulimia (her sister Sarah also had an eating disorder) and she lost a noticeable amount of weight in a short period of time. Within 3 months of the wedding, Diana became pregnant to William. It was a difficult pregnancy for her and she had a number of public engagements.
Although, she was besieged by eating difficulties, Charles and Diana were happy following the birth of William in June 1982 and often showed genuine displays of affection. They embarked on their first Royal trip together to
Diana was becoming more popular than Charles – something which clearly irked the Prince and caused tension between them. Despite the difficulties, Diana became pregnant again and gave birth to Harry in November 1984. Unfortunately this was the point at which Diana herself identified that the marriage was over (Charles had resumed his friendship with Camilla Parker Bowles and was unhappy that the baby was 1. not a girl and 2. had red hair).
The programme ended with a preview of the next episode, which will examine the breakdown of her marriage.