Princess Diana’s Martin Bashir interview changed her life and course of royal history

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I vividly remember the night Princess Diana told the world there were three people in her marriage and that Charles wasn’t up to being king.

I listened in stunned ­silence as she admitted her affair with James Hewitt and talked of being “a queen of ­people’s hearts”.

And I gasped as she described her depression, self-harming and bulimic vomiting.

That interview with Martin Bashir changed Diana’s life, and the course of royal history.

And, watching it again, 25 years later, you pinpoint the pivotal moment.

It was when Diana bit her lip and ­declared: “She won’t go quietly.”

For that flash of defiance persuaded the Queen to end the war of the Waleses by ordering their divorce.

And just two years later Diana’s new life was to end in a ­cacophony of horror that still echoes to this day.

The Crown series 4 shows the era when Princess Diana joins 'the firm'
(Image: Netflix)

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Because while she did become queen of hearts, the unfathomable tragedy of that Paris car crash ­ensured her life, and heartache, would be endlessly picked over, analysed and dramatised.

And that, in turn wounds her grieving sons, particularly Harry, whose unresolved grief and anger was a major ­factor in his own defiant life change.

Tonight Diana will be resurrected again in the latest series of Netflix blockbuster, The Crown.

Emma Corrin, who plays the Princess, has apparently nailed her voice and ­mannerisms while those iconic outfits have been painstakingly recreated.

And, the previews tease, we’ll get to see all the tears and tantrums as she realises what she’s married into – as well as those gritty vomiting scenes.

But might there have been a different ending to The Crown, Season 4?

Was Diana “conned” into giving that Panorama interview? Did Martin Bashir show her forged documents, spin a web of lies about betrayal and MI5 surveillance.

The BBC has finally launched an independent inquiry into the claims, and it’s right that we learn the truth.

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But while Bashir may have played on Diana’s existing paranoia, it is clear that she was aching to tell her own story, whatever the consequences.

“She wasn’t meek and mild, she was really quite strong,” says Ken Wharfe, her former bodyguard.

“She was determined her life was going to be totally independent of the monarchy and this was her first way of signalling it.”

Diana did not want to go quietly. But that pivotal moment ­ensured she will never rest in peace.