Princess Diana Photo Controversy

It's been nearly 10 years since Princess Diana died. Now a British television network is planning to air a documentary that includes graphic photos taken of the princess by paparazzi immediately after the crash.

The producers said the project will go ahead, despite calls to shelve the project or delete the photos.

In life, her glamor and pain was scrutinized to the core. In death, the same is true. Now never-before-televised photos of Diana, reportedly being tended to by a doctor just minutes after the crash, are part of a Channel 4 documentary set to air this week. Channel 4 argues they are in the public interest.

"What the film doesn't do is show any images of the dead or dying which might cause offense," said Hamish Mykura, head of History, Science and Religion at Channel 4.

Some of the photos have been published in a magazine before. At the time, both princes expressed their dismay and a desire to protect their mother.

"You've got to be respective of the feelings of William and Harry who lost their mother at age 15 and 13 respectively. It is their mother that they've lost and therefore their pictures should not be run in a documentary," said Dickie Arbiter, former Buckingham Palace spokesman.

The father of Dodi Al Fayed, Diana's companion in the car, has said publishing the photos causes too much pain for everyone.

"The idea that this representative from Channel 4 has the nerve to say that this won't cause distress, of course it will," said Katharine Witty, press director for Mohammed Al Fayed.

Channel 4 has conceded to block Princess Diana's face out in the most graphic photos.

Speculation over Diana's death may never abate, but it's her life her sons want to commemorate this summer. They're planning a concert to celebrate her legacy.


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