Princess Diana Documentary Claims Royal is a ‘Feminist Role Model’

A new Princess Diana documentary takes a deep dive into the life of the late member of the royal family. The CNN Original Series Diana explores the life of the mother of Princes Harry and William. This series will show how Diana broke the royal family’s traditions and blazed a path for women who succeeded her. These include daughters-in-law Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

A new Princess Diana documentary paints her as a feminist role model.
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The ways Princess Diana broke royal tradition

Princess Diana was a modern royal woman, determined to blaze her path in the world. After finishing high school, Diana moved to London, where she and her friends lived together in their apartment. She took small cleaning and babysitting jobs to make ends meet before being hired as a teacher’s assistant at the Young England Kindergarten before being courted by Prince Charles.

Diana would be one of the only royals who had a 9-5 job.

She also picked her engagement ring from a catalog by the crown jeweler, Garrard. Instead of a one-of-a-kind statement piece, others could also purchase the same ring worn by the then-future princess. During her wedding to Prince Charles, Diana omitted the word “obey” from her vows. Later, Kate and Meghan would follow suit during their ceremonies.

She also sent her sons to public school, a significant break with tradition. Royal children attended school at home.

Diana is a ‘feminist role model’

Princess Diana wears a blush colored gown and a crown.
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The CNN Documentary Diana re-examines the life of the royal, attempts to reframe her story, and rediscover the woman behind the crown.

Diana features interviews from those close to the late princess. It will also attempt to expose the reasons why Diana was such a dichotomy. Depicted to be a timid young woman, inside, Diana held a quiet strength.

A press release for the series further explains the purpose of the six-part series. Diana was “a woman more complex than history has acknowledged and a feminist role model who showed vulnerability and strength. She was truly a blueprint for the modern woman,” says Deadline.

Diana remains a symbol of ‘hope and determination’

Princess Diana feminist role model in blue suit.
Princess Diana Leaving The British Lung Foundation In Hatton Garden After Being Presented With A Bouquet Of The First Rose Named After Her Photo by | Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

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Amy Entelis, the EVP for Talent & Content Development, CNN Worldwide, explained how the series would depict the “People’s Princess.”

“This series takes an honest look at a woman who was not afraid to carve her path and, in doing so, set a new standard for women around the globe,” she said. “Twenty-four years after her death, her story remains a symbol of hope and determination for all those defying the status quo.”

The first in the series of six episodes is titled “The Girl from Norfolk.” This will explore Diana’s childhood and how a mutual desire for love and affection brought her and Prince Charles together.

Piggybacking on that series will be a podcast from CNN Audio titled When Diana Met… The podcast will begin on Oct. 7 and take listeners inside Diana’s most notable meetings with public figures, politicians, dignitaries, and celebrities.

Diana will premiere on CNN beginning Sunday, Oct. 10 at 9 p.m. EST.