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Parents' Guide to

The Princess

By Danny Brogan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Diana docu has tragedy, affairs, suicide references.

Movie NR 2022 109 minutes
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This intriguing documentary acts as a reminder to the turbulent life of one of, if not, the most famous woman in the 1980s and '90s, Diana, Princess of Wales. The Princess relies solely on archive footage. There are no contemporary talking heads providing a postmortem on her life. Although the film portrays Diana as sympathetic, she is also shown to be complex and not without faults. There are references to how she used the media for her own benefit, as well as discussions about both her and Prince Charles' affairs. However, there are also the moments when she visits a hospital ward for patients with AIDS -- something that was deemed shocking for a royal to do at the time -- or her campaign to get landmines banned.

One of the most striking aspects of the documentary is just how young Diana was when she first became involved with Charles, who was 13 years her senior. Having met aged 16, before marrying at 20, the film does a great job of showing just how overwhelming becoming the wife of the heir to the throne must have been. But it's as Diana becomes more comfortable in her role that the cracks begin to show in her marriage. As her confidence grows, so does the public's love for her and, whether she intended to or not, Diana soon becomes a bigger draw than Charles. While there are no new revelations, The Princess captures a period of recent history about one of the 20th-century's most iconic figures.

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