Princess Diana’s revealing 1995 interview with the BBC has gone viral on social media following Oprah’s talk with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry . Clips from Diana’s interview were shared by several users on Twitter , receiving between 230,000 and 450,000 views at the time of reporting.
In an interview with journalist Martin Bashir for the BBC’s Panorama program, Harry’s late mother unveiled details about how she was treated by the “establishment” and the breakdown of her health. Meghan spoke of similar experiences with the royal family during her sit-down with Oprah, which aired on CBS Sunday evening .
User @Morgan_Musick tweeted: “Well this aged well. #HarryandMeghanonOprah,” sharing a clip that begins with Diana being asked why she didn’t think she’d ever become the queen. The video has had over 447,000 views since it was first posted on Monday.
Sharing the same clip, which has had over 347,000 views since it was posted Monday, user @me_fandoms tweeted: “I just know that Diana would be incredibly proud of her son and his family #HarryandMeghanonOprah.”
Diana told Bashir at the time: “I don’t think many people will want me to be queen. Actually, when I say many people, I mean the establishment that I’m married into. Because they’ve decided I’m a non-starter.”
Asked why she thought they decided that, she noted: “Because I do things differently, because I don’t go by a rule book, I lead from the heart, not the head, and albeit that’s gotten me into trouble in my work, I understand that. But someone’s gotta go out there and love people and show it.
“They see me as a threat of some kind. And I’m here to do good. I’m not a destructive person,” she added at the time.
User @thatscaleblol tweeted: “Watching this interview reminded me of Princess Diana’s in 1995. #OprahMeghanHarry,” sharing a video clip from the interview when the late princess spoke of being a “strong woman” and the “confusion and the fear” it caused in the royal family setting. The video has received over 229,000 views since it was first shared Monday.
User @TherealMJNcube tweeted: “The system never likes strong women. Winnie Mandela. Princess Diana. Meghan Markle #OprahMeghanHarry,” sharing the same clip from the 1995 interview, which has had nearly 200,000 views since it was shared Monday.
Asked why she thought she was seen as a threat, Diana told Bashir: “I think every strong woman has had to walk down a similar path and I think it’s the strength that causes the confusion and the fear. Why is she strong? Where does she get it from? Where is she taking it? Where is she going to use it? Why do the public still support her?”
Posting the same video clip shared by @Morgan_Musick, user @QueenBriDC tweeted: ” ‘They will look after the heir and I will look after the spare.’ The money she saved for Harry is being used to protect her grandchildren. May we all have the foresight of Princess Diana. #HarryandMeghanonOprah #OprahMeghanHarry.”
Diana also told Bashir at the time: “I was at the end of my tether. I was desperate. I think I was so fed up with being seen as someone who was a basket-case, because I am a very strong person and I know that causes complications in the system that I live in,” when asked why she allowed her close friends to speak to Andrew Morton, author of the 1992 book Diana: Her True Story .
Meghan’s interview with Oprah drew stark parallels with the BBC’s interview with Diana, who spoke of suffering from bulimia amid the pressures of life as a royal family member.
Diana told Bashir: “I had bulimia for a number of years. And that’s like a secret disease. You inflict it upon yourself because your self-esteem is at a low ebb, and you don’t think you’re worthy or valuable.
“It was a symptom of what was going on in my marriage. I was crying out for help, but giving the wrong signals, and people were using my bulimia as a coat on a hanger: they decided that was the problem—Diana was unstable,” the princess said at the time.
Meghan also spoke about the impact on her own health, revealing she had suicidal thoughts, which she had admitted to a senior aide at the time.
“I was ashamed to say it at the time, and ashamed to have to admit it to Harry, especially because I know how much loss he’s suffered,” Meghan said. “But I knew that if I didn’t say it, then I would do it. I just didn’t want to be alive anymore. That was clear and real and frightening and constant thought.
“I thought it would have solved everything for everyone,” she added.
When Meghan sought help within “the institution” of the monarchy, she was allegedly told she couldn’t get any.
She told Oprah: “I remember this conversation like it was yesterday, because they said, ‘My heart goes out to you, because I see how bad it is, but there’s nothing we can do to protect you, because you’re not a paid employee of the institution.'”
The royal family was not offered a preview of the interview ahead of it airing , according to U.K. tabloid The Mirror .
Queen Elizabeth II and Harry’s older brother Prince William were reportedly “furious,” thinking the “entire royal family will be painted in an unfair way” in the interview with Oprah, a source told Us Weekly .
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