‘The Princess’ | Sundance 2022 Review

Directed By:

Ed Perkins

Written By:

Simon Chinn, Jonathan Chinn


Princess Diana


Documentary, Biography

Rating: 7 out of 10.

Princess Diana has had her life in the spotlight for so long, and has always had controversy. The British Royal Family have some responsibility to take regarding where she was emotionally and mentally before her tragedy. What isn’t mentioned as much is how the British population were just as culpable, being led by the destructive machinery of the press. In ‘The Princess’, we are shown real archival footage from the time leading up to Diana’s death, and get a new perspective of what happened.

I believe had ‘Spencer’ not been released there would possibly be more to say regarding this documentary. What I can say I found interesting was seeing how hated the princess was by not jus the media but the public as well. Very few were giving her a fair shot in her life, and only after her death do most the public view her as the person she was. It’s also sad to see discourse and inaccurate reporting being as prevalent back then as it is today.

The tragedy of Diana is echoed in how the media chooses to view and promote celebrities. We see so much misinformation about celebrity gossip, but only recently have we pushed back on that, and as well we should.

Overall I feel we’ve understood the issues that ‘The Princess’ is posing, but we’ve not gotten a comprehensive timeline or perspectives from the people who were there during the time. I think this is a good watch, but not one that is for everyone if you aren’t interested in Princess Diana’s story.

Patrick Beatty
Patrick Beatty

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