Why Princess Diana’s 1995 BBC Interview Shocked the World

Princess Diana’s BBC interview with Martin Bashir, “An Interview with HRH The Princess of Wales,” aired on November 20, 1995 on the documentary series “Panorama.” Filmed in Diana’s sitting room at Kensington Palace, the explosive interview made history because of the frank way Diana divulged intimate details of life as a royal and her marriage, including her struggles with postnatal depression, bulimia, and, most shockingly, her husband’s affair with Camilla Parker Bowles. 

It was the final blow to Charles and Diana’s troubled relationship. In 2021, revelations about the deceitful way Bashir obtained the interview made headlines, bringing Diana back into the spotlight 24 years after her untimely death and raising new questions about the media’s role in the tragically short life of “the people’s princess.”

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