Princess Diana was arguably the most popular member of the Royal Family to date. As the most photographed woman in the world, she still felt like her voice was missing. The people needed to hear her side of things in her unhappy marriage with Prince Charles. Eventually, she agreed to participate in taped conversations with Dr. James Colthurst for material for her famous biography. Andrew Morton wrote Diana: Her True Story using the information and copious amounts of research. The book was a best-seller, but what was the real driving force behind why Diana agreed to help create the famous novel?
Princess Diana’s biography is released
Princess Diana’s famous biography was released in 1992 and it was an eye-opening look at the monarchy. She was incredibly unhappy and the novel did an excellent job of highlighting that. Charles and Diana were incompatible and the world was absolutely obsessed with her, which made things even worse. The strain it put on their marriage and Diana herself was almost too much to deal with.
Diana spoke about the book
Diana spoke about working to help create the work written by Morton in her famous BBC Panorama Interview she conducted in 1995 with Martin Bashir. She was asked about the novel and whether she assisted in its creation or if she had met Morton.
“I never met him, no,” Diana said. “A lot of people saw the distress that my life was in, and they felt it was a supportive thing to help in the way that they did.” She admitted to allowing friends to talk to Morton for the book.
Why Princess Diana got involved with the novel
“I was at the end of my tether. I was desperate,” Diana said. “I think I was so fed up with being seen as someone who was a basket-case, because I am a very strong person and I know that causes complications in the system that I live in.”
The book changed Princess Diana’s relationship with Prince Charles
Did the novel change Diana’s relationship with Charles in any way?
Definitely. “Well, what had been hidden – or rather what we thought had been hidden – then became out in the open and was spoken about on a daily basis, and the pressure was for us to sort ourselves out in some way,” Diana said.
The ugly side of royalty
Prince Charles’ infamous affair with Camilla Parker Bowles was highlighted in the novel in a new way. People
started to see Diana’s side of things and how unfair it all was for her. Royal fans started to fall in love with Diana all over again. She was even more likable because she was human just like everyone else.
Her eating disorder and pull towards self-harm were shown in candid detail in Morton’s biography of the Princess. It changed the way people saw Diana and it wasn’t all positive. But through it all, Princess Diana found a way to remain true to herself and her own story. She wasn’t going to be silent or fall back in the shadows.
Diana and Charles were divorced by 1996. Diana would only have a year of freedom before her life was taken in a car accident on August 31, 1997. Princess Diana will always be remembered by royal fans and those who have read her iconic biography.