Princess Diana: Bashir interview 'damaging' says expert
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Diana’s son Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle have been espousing “their truth” over the past year. This has involved coming forward with claims about their life inside The Firm, such as how they felt unsupported and unprotected from media attacks and with their mental health. They also claimed that a member of the Royal Family made a racist comment about their son Archie before he was born.
Meghan said the word “truth” seven times during her interview with Oprah Winfrey, emphasising that she felt she was finally pulling back the curtain and showing everyone what had been going on.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s willingness to share their struggles publicly goes against everything the Royal Family has stood for over the years.
The Queen Mother’s mantra of “never complain, never explain” meant never commenting on claims made about you and never airing your dirty laundry.
Meghan and Harry are now diametrically opposed to this outlook and according to Princess Diana’s voice coach, the Princess of Wales was also far more keen on “authenticity” than the other royals.
Stuart Pierce argued in an interview with Zoe Forsey on Pod Save the Queen, that the Royal Family did not “understand” her demand for authenticity and spontaneity.
He also argued that they did not understand her mental struggles with bulimia, an eating disorder characterised by bingeing and purging.
Princess Diana admitted she struggled with bulimia for years in her interview with BBC Panorama’s Martin Bashir in 1995.
She described how she got little sympathy from within the royal household and was told she was “wasting food”.
Diana told Mr Bashir that she was “ashamed” of her bulimia and so did not discuss it with anyone.
Similarly, she described her self-harm as being misunderstood because people think you are “crying wolf”.
Mr Pierce said: “The whole vessel of her life is really a document of: how does a woman empower herself?
“And in her context, in that particular social environment, where she was adored on the outside and disparaged or disenfranchised on the inside.
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“I mean, the British Royal Family just didn’t understand what she was going through, literally.
“They didn’t understand the ravages of her bulimia, they didn’t understand her extraordinary immediacy and the demand for authenticity.
“They were living behind masks, which was very effective for them ‒ less so today than they were 25 years ago or 30 years ago but, even so, that was the case.
“And Diana was absolutely spontaneous, completely immediate and totally impetuous.”
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He added that Diana also had “grave difficulty” in navigating relationships, because she had been so young when she got married and had never “had a lover”.
He argued that she was “fragile” and “vulnerable” for this reason.
Mr Pierce explained that he had been hired because Diana had watched herself in the BBC Panorama interview and did not like how she sounded or looked.
He said she wanted more gravitas to her voice and to have confidence in her delivery.
Last month, the BBC apologised after Lord Dyson’s inquiry found that Mr Bashir had been “deceitful” in how he obtained the bombshell interview with Diana, including presenting her brother with fake documents so he would make the introduction.
Prince William and Prince Harry both issued angry statements, with the later claiming it contributed to the “exploitation” of her that ultimately led to her death.
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