Nearly 10 years after the death of Princess Diana, a controversial new documentary could shed new light on the accident that claimed her life.
A British television network is planning to air a documentary that includes graphic photos taken of the princess by paparazzi immediately after the crash. The producers say the project will go ahead despite calls to shelve the project or delete the photos.
In life, her glamour and pain was scrutinized to the core. In death, the same is true. Now, never-before-televised photos of Diana, reportedly being tended to by a doctor just minutes after the crash, are part of a Channel 4 documentary, set to air this week. Channel 4 argues they are in the public interest.
“What the film doesn't do is show any images of the dead or dying, which might cause offense,” says Hamish Mykura, with Channel 4.
Some of the photos have been published in a magazine before. At the time, both princes expressed their dismay and a desire to protect their mother.
“You've got to be respective of the feelings of William and Harry, who lost their mother at age 15 and 13, respectively,” Dickie Arbiter, former Buckingham Palace spokesman says. “It is their mother that they've lost, and therefore their pictures should not be run in a documentary.”
The father of Dodi Al Fayed, Diana's companion in the car, has said publishing the photos causes too much pain for everyone.
“The idea that this representative from Channel 4 has the nerve to say that this won't cause distress…of course it will,” says Katharine Witty, Press Director for Mohammed Al Fayed.
Channel 4 has conceded to block Princess Diana's face out in the most graphic photos.
Speculation over Diana's death may never abate. But it is her life her sons want to commemorate this summer. They are planning a concert to celebrate her legacy.