The Princess documentary release date, trailer, and more

M28749618: Princess Diana at an Embassy Dinner in Washington, DC, May 1, 1991. (Photo by Georges De Keerle / Liaison Agency)
M28749618: Princess Diana at an Embassy Dinner in Washington, DC, May 1, 1991. (Photo by Georges De Keerle / Liaison Agency) /

Diana, Princess of Wales. Even after so many years, that name is recognized by many. Princess Diana tragically passed away in 1997, but the global icon is still talked about to this day 25 years later.

During her life as a royal she gained massive popularity among everyday people worldwide as well as garnered major media scrutiny. On Aug. 31, 1997 she died in a car crash in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris while the driver was fleeing the paparazzi.

Over the years, her story has been told through multiple shows like the later seasons of The Crown on Netflix, the 2021 film Spencer, and a number of documentaries. And, now a new feature documentary, The Princess, is coming out soon.

The Princess release date

The Princess Diana documentary will premiere Saturday, Aug. 13 at 8 p.m. ET on HBO. Those who would prefer to watch it online can do so as the company will be streaming the film on HBO max the same day.

The documentary was produced by Lightbox, in association with HBO and Sky Studios. It is being released days before the 25th anniversary of the royal’s tragic death. The Princess had a world premiere at London’s Sundance Film Festival on June 11.

The Princess synopsis

The Princess is directed by Ed Perkins and will be told only through archive footage. This is a similar format to the recent documentary film about Marilyn Monroe, The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes, that Netflix produced. The “highly immersive narrative” of the royal’s life from her birth to her death will be experienced by audiences, according to Lightbox.

The official synopsis reads:

"The story of Princess Diana is told exclusively through contemporaneous archive footage creating a bold and immersive narrative of her life and death. Turning the camera back on ourselves, it also illuminates the profound impact she had and how the public’s attitude to the monarchy was, and still is, shaped by these events."

The Princess trailer

The Princess premieres Saturday, Aug. 13 on HBO and HBO Max.

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