The Candid Interview With Princess Diana That Forever Changed The Way The World Viewed Her
LifeAspire Staff 6/1/2017
In our world where social media and cable channels perpetuate fast news cycles, it is almost impossible to dwell on things that influential people say on a daily basis, whether good or bad. So it's surprising that an interesting piece of news making its rounds lately is from an interview given more than 20 years ago.
The year was 1995 when Diana, the Princess of Wales, gave an hour long interview to Martin Bashir of BBC as part of the network's Panorama programming series. Diana, who is perhaps the most revered British royal in history, took that opportunity to speak openly and candidly about many causes and things that were close to her heart.
However, an unexpected response to a very simple and obvious question posed by Martin seems to be something that people are still talking about today. The question he asked was:
"Do you think you will ever be queen?"
For someone in Diana's position, one would have expected her to have an appropriate answer on the ready. But what Martin, and later the audience, heard was surprisingly honest and deeper than anything that one would have expected.
In her response, Diane pretty much seemed to admit that the royal establishment wouldn't ever let her be the queen because they saw her strength as threatening, and her determination to do things differently than the royal rule book as alarming!
So rather than be a queen to the throne, what she preferred was to be the queen of people's heart, and be loved in their hearts so that she didn't have to give up who she truly was and the things that she truly cared for.
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What's come to light lately of this shocking admittance by Diana, is that even though no one pressured her to admit the truth, she did regret being so candid after the interview was already done. According to Patrick Jephson, a broadcaster and reporter, a week before the interview was to be broadcasted Diane was...
"... not at all confident about what she had done ... I think the scales fell from her eyes and suddenly what had been rather a subversive or daring scheme - or however they [the BBC] had dressed it up for her - it suddenly in the cold light of day didn't look like such a good idea."
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According to Jephson, this was the first time Diana had openly admitted to the drift that existed between her and the royal family, and she was now getting worried of how the people around the world would react to this truth. In spite of her strength and need to follow her heart, Diana wasn't the type to be slanderous. According to Patrick:
"It triggered that part of her which was not rebellious or given to dangerous stunts, which was actually conventional and dutiful, and responsible and awake to her broader Royal responsibilities."
For anyone who has seen the actual interview, her body language too proves that as she was saying those words, she was fearful, or at least a bit hesitant in giving away the secrets that she held close. As Patrick recalled:
"I knew from her general demeanour, her fidgeting, that she was not at all confident about what she had done and that the full implications were dawning on her. So you had this mixture of anxiety and defiance. I think by the time of the broadcast, she deeply regretted it, not least because it did nothing to advance her cause."
Here is a snippet of that interview in case you have never seen it before!
It's hard to believe that it was almost 20 years ago that Princess Diana met her tragic end in a car crash in Paris, France. Diana embodied all the grace of a monarch without the pretense shared by some of her British Royal family. And perhaps this is just the reason why the world is still fascinated with her beauty, sincerity, and kindness that lives on in more ways than one.
Diana would have been 56 years old had it not been for that crash. None the less, in her short life, she did get her wish as people around the world have embraced her as forever the people's princess!
Sources: Telegraph, FB/Hicham Bennir FB Image Credit: FB/Hicham Bennir