Depending on who you ask, the mother of Prince William and Prince Harry was either the People's Princess or a pain in the Crown's side from

the moment she and Prince Charles got married. On August 31, she will have been gone for 25 years. She is one of the most studied public figures of all time.

Her relationships with the royal family, the press, and the public, who loved and hated her, seem to have been looked at from every angle.  

But the HBO documentary The Princess, which is made up of old footage and interviews from the 1980s and 1990s, takes us back to that time in her life

There are no reenactments, stories, or modern analyses of the past. The sound of camera shutters clicking away makes up a lot of the background noise.  

The end result is not an attempt to see the "real" Diana behind the scenes, but rather an honest look at how her real life became a 24/7 show

And it's not clear if anything has changed in the 42 years since the British press first heard about the heir to the throne's most promising love interest.

But while Britney is starting her next, albeit long-delayed, chapter to live her life as she sees fit, and Harry and Meghan left the U.K.

to make their own way, Diana never got the chance to start over.

That makes everything in The Princess sadder and, often, more frustrating. because you already know what happens.

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