Princess Diana Would Have Written a Memoir Like Prince Harry If She Hadn't Died So Young, a Friend Says
Princess Diana's voice coach, Stewart Pearce, says she would have written a memoir like her son, Prince Harry, is now if she had lived longer.
- Although some have been critical of Prince Harry's decision to write a memoir (opens in new tab), a close friend of Princess Diana's say she would have completed supported the move.
- In fact, according to her voice coach and longtime confidant Stewart Pearce (opens in new tab), Diana would have written an autobiography or memoir of her own if she hadn't died at such a young age.
- Pearce sees Harry's memoir as an extension of the legacy of transparency Diana started with her revealing and candid BBC Panorama interview in 1995.
Prince Harry's decision to write a memoir (opens in new tab) has been the subject of some criticism (opens in new tab), but a close confidant of his late mother, Princess Diana (opens in new tab), is sure she wouldn't have a problem with it. In fact, according to her friend and voice coach, Stewart Pearce (opens in new tab), Diana would have done the same thing eventually if she hadn't died at such a young age.
In 1995, in the midst of her separation from Prince Charles (opens in new tab), Diana bucked royal tradition by granting an in-depth, candid interview (opens in new tab) about her negative experiences in the marriage to BBC journalist Martin Bashir (the interview has been the subject of ongoing controversy, with allegations that Bashir may have coerced Diana (opens in new tab) into participating).
“During the Martin Bashir interview she said she won't go quietly, 'I will fight to the end because I believe I have a role to fulfill,'" Pearce said of the now-infamous Panorama interview. "Which suggests the public disclosure of treachery, perfidy and dishonesty."
Pearce says the same need to share her truth would have eventually led Diana to write her own story, just as Harry is doing now.
"Diana's life and purpose were committed to complete transparency, and so I'm sure she would have written her autobiography full of all the many things she learned from her experiences within the Royal Family, and beyond," he said, according to The Sun (opens in new tab). "Diana loved to write personal correspondence, which for her added the personal touch, added love to the people she cared for."
Harry's decision to speak out (opens in new tab) about his own experiences and struggles as a royal follows the legacy Diana set out during her own exit from the royal family, Pearce says.
"I feel that what Diana was doing was providing transparency about what she was experiencing at that time, which shocked the world, you know there were three people in this marriage, and the changes that she was trying to bring to monarchy, which indeed is something that she really did both when she was alive and also now when she is in death," he said. "What Harry is doing is going on a stage further and not just revealing what took place, but providing causative information about why treachery took place."
Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
I Tested the Oura Ring Fitness Tracker Jennifer Aniston Loves—It Knew I Was Getting Sick Before I Did
Learn more about yourself by simply slipping on a ring.
By Brooke Knappenberger
Pearls Are Back for 2023—But These Aren't Your Grandmother's Pearls
Classic, contemporary, and everything in between.
By Gabrielle Ulubay
Meghan Markle Made $80K Per Year With The Tig, But Could Make Much More With a Relaunch: Branding Expert
It could be a smart business move for the duchess.
By Iris Goldsztajn
Sarah Hyland and Adam Devine Play 'How Well Do You Know Your Co-Star?'
The 'Modern Family' stars reunited for the 'Pitch Perfect' spinoff series.
By Brooke Knappenberger
The 78 Best Celebrity Couple Halloween Costumes of All Time
Honestly, we're impressed.
By Charlotte Chilton
Super Rare Photos of Queen Elizabeth as a Young Woman
From childhood snapshots to portraits as a young princess, beautiful and rare photos of the late Queen Elizabeth as a young woman.
By Mehera Bonner
King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla's Relationship: A Timeline
With the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, Charles has ascended to the throne as king.
By The Editors
Who Is Next in Line for the British Throne, Explained
And yes—Harry and Archie are still in the line of succession.
By Andrea Park
Who Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Fiancé Riley Roberts?
AOC's husband-to-be is an "easygoing redhead" who lives with her in D.C.
By Katherine J Igoe
68 Times the Kardashians Posed Fully Nude and Owned It
And we mean fully nude—as in, not a shred of clothing.
By Bianca Rodriguez
Who Is Jonathan Owens, Simone Biles's Fiancé and NFL Player?
"The easiest yes!" Simone wrote about the couple's engagement.
By The Editors