The repercussions from the release of Andrew Morton's controversial tell-all biography on Diana, Princess of Wales, twenty years ago can still be felt today. 'Diana: Her True Story' shocked the world and rocked the Royal Family. One of the most important books of the twentieth century, the author used secretly recorded interviews with the Princess to bring to light the failing marriage of Charles and Diana. The ensuing scandal played a key role in shaping how we see the Royal Family today. Now, the major players involved in its creation and attempted destruction talk openly about what happened. 

"If Diana had been living in medieval times, she would have had her head chopped off." - Dickie Arbiter, former press spokesperson for the Queen

"You were watching a great national institution coming jolly close to destroying itself." - Sir Max Hastings, Editor, The Daily Telegraph (1986-1995)

The young author gained entry into Diana's world through her friends and suffered the mighty consequences when rumours began to float that he was writing a book. His office was burglarized, he received death threats and the British media establishment sought to discredit him. But he wasn't the only one targeted for being involved.

"Rupert Murdoch called me and said, they are now going to come for you, no holds barred and they are not nice people." - Michael O'Mara, Publisher, Diana: Her True Story

Now, those at the heart of this incredible story reveal extraordinary insights into all the cloak and dagger details that made this book possible, as well as the incredible efforts to suppress it and destroy the young royal reporter. It's a story that offers insight into the inner working of the press and today's Royal family. 

Credits (Click to expand)

Narrator

MARIELLA FROSTRUP

Archive

SKY NEWS

ITN SOURCE / ITV STUDIOS LTD

DAILY MAIL / SOLO SYNDICATION

MICHAEL O’MARA BOOKS

KEN LENNOX

Consultant

COLIN MACKENZIE

Director of Photography

CHARLES MARRIOTT

Sound Recordist

JOHN O’HARE

Dubbing Mixer

GREG GETTENS

Online Editor

JEAN PAUL VIAL

Motion Graphics

ERNESTO ROGATA

Production Accountant

MATT MCSHANE

Executive Producer for Sky

SIOBHAN MULHOLLAND

Head of Production

DAVID BUCKLEY

Production Manager

GEORGIA CHEALES

Editor

JENN FERAY

Executive Producer

STUART PREBBLE

Produced & Directed by

STUART STRICKSON

© STORYVAULT FILMS

Also on CBC