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Perkins told US Today Entertainment that, ‘I hope (this film) gives a more complex understanding of both Diana and the relationship we still have with the Royal Family, as mediated by the press. In many ways, some of the tensions and fault lines that still exist in that relationship can be traced back to Diana’. 

The director went on to state: ‘The day Diana died, I was 11 years old and I remember being woken up by my parents, who were really emotional about it in a way I found surprising. There was this national wave of grief and mourning I had never seen up to that point and I don’t think I’ve ever seen since. Adults were grieving this person as if she was their own mother or daughter’.

Flowers and mourners outside Kensington Palace in the days following the funeral of Princess Diana, 1997

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