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ABC to air documentary on Princess Diana in August

Documentary to chronicle Diana's life, death at age of 36

Princess Diana and Prince Harry stand for the National Anthem at the 1991 World Cup at Cardiff Arms Park in Cardiff, Wales. (David Cannon/Allsport)
Princess Diana and Prince Harry stand for the National Anthem at the 1991 World Cup at Cardiff Arms Park in Cardiff, Wales. (David Cannon/Allsport) (Getty Images)


PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – Princess Diana will be the subject of a new documentary that will premiere on ABC later this year, the television network announced Monday.

The 4-hour prime time event will air on ABC over two nights in August, marking the 20th anniversary of her death at the age of 36.

"Even 20 years after her untimely death, Princess Diana's legacy continues to impact our world," Robert Mills, senior vice president for alternative series, specials and late night for ABC, said in a statement. "Our special will honor her memory and all the good that she did in her tragically brief life."

The new documentary will include archival footage of Diana and in-depth conversations with those who knew Diana best. It will also involve the cooperation of People magazine.

"Our partners at People are perfect to tell this story, as they've extensively covered her life throughout the years," Mills said.

Diana and romantic partner Dodi Fayed were killed in a Paris crash on Aug. 31, 1997.

"Princess Diana has appeared on the cover of People 57 times, more than anyone in the history of the People brand," Jess Cagle, People's editor in chief, said in a statement. "Our audience has an insatiable appetite for news about the royal family. In fact, they are just as fascinated today as they were when Lady Diana was first introduced to the world back in 1981."


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