The Royals Are Reportedly "Upset and Angry" About a Controversial New Princess Diana Documentary

Members of the royal family, including Prince William and Prince Harry, are upset about a controversial Princess Diana docuseries that's in the works.

  • Several members of the royal family (opens in new tab) are reportedly "upset and angry" about a controversial new documentary about Princess Diana.
  • Prince Harry is said to find the situation "particularly distressing" because it's being shopped to Netflix (opens in new tab)—a company he's said to have been working with following his royal exit.
  • The controversial, four-part docuseries will delve into the darkest parts of Diana's life. It is still in development and hasn't been commissioned by Netflix yet.

The royal family (opens in new tab) just can't seem to catch a break these days. The latest drama surrounding The Firm (opens in new tab)? A documentary about Princess Diana (opens in new tab) that will purportedly delve into the darker parts of her life that's reportedly being shopped to Netflix.

Prince William (opens in new tab) and Prince Harry (opens in new tab) are said to be especially upset about the four-part docuseries, tentatively titled  (opens in new tab)Being Me: Diana (opens in new tab), which will cover Diana's "mental health battles, eating disorders, unhappy marriage to Prince Charles and painful childhood" and put forth claims that the late royal "tried to kill herself four times," according to The Sun (opens in new tab).

“The royals will refuse to take part as will the Spencer family," an industry source told the paper. "William and Harry will be very upset and angry. It’s particularly distressing for Harry because he’s been working with Netflix. At a time when the royals have been dealt a blow with Harry and Meghan leaving, the timing is not good."

DSP, the TV company working on the project, says that it is still in the early phases and has not yet been commissioned by Netflix. It remains to be seen if the streaming giant—or any other major distributors—will pick up the series.

"This is a not a commissioned show and everything within the treatment is already in the public domain," a spokeswoman for Endemol Shine, DSP's parent company, said.

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Kayleigh Roberts
Kayleigh Roberts

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