About 11pm on the day she died, Channel 4 began a TV obituary of Diana, Princess of Wales. It was a remarkable piece of programme making, less than 24 hours after her death. It’s also notable for running for almost an hour with no commercials.
Part 1 begins with her early life, family background and her engagement to Prince Charles in 1981.
The video obituary continues with footage of the Royal Wedding in 1981 when Diana married the future British King at the age of just of 20.
This clip takes us from her wedding to a visit to a submarine. She truly was a charismatic and popular figure, the like of which the Royal Family had not seen probably since Edward VIII.
Diana inspects some troops, and there’ some priceless footage of her dancing energetically at an 80s Paul McCartney, Tina Turner and Paul Young Concert while Prince Charles looks as though he’d rather be at home with his goldfish.
The story of Diana’s life takes us to the early 1990s and the problems surrounding her marriage. Andrew Morton author of the famous book ‘Diana: Her True Story’ is interviewed. He published the book in June 1992 and it ultimately led to the announcement by Prime Minister John Major of her separation from Prince Charles at the end of that year. Prince Charles’ admission of adultery on TV in 1994 and her talking about the allegations about her making nuisance calls to Oliver Hoare in the BBC interview in 1995 are also shown.
Final Part of Channel 4 Obituary broadcast just before midnight on the day she died. More extracts from the 1995 BBC interview in which she talks about her feelings for other men apart from Prince Charles and her eating disorder. It then mentions her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996 and her new life afterwards. Her close friend the tycoon Richard Branson is interviewed in which he says the greatest tragedy about her was she never will become Queen Diana as we were all expecting her to when she married. The ending makes no explicit reference to her death but is none the less emotional. With the Inquest into her death concluding in 2008 that her death was an accident, let her rest in peace.