Princess Diana’s extraordinary life and sudden death explored in CBS News special

Princess Diana captured the world’s imagination, so much so, many thought they really knew her. The reality is, they just knew a part of the Diana story. CBS News explores the public and private life of a complex woman and the lingering questions surrounding her death. 

“Her name was Diana and the world fell in love with her,” “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King says in “Princess Diana: Her Life | Her Death | The Truth” airing Monday at 8/7c on CBS. “But her fairy tale life also had a heartache – it did not have a happily ever after ending.”

The Princess of Wales, February 1992.

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This summer it will be 20 years since the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. To mark the anniversary, King anchors the broadcast from Althorp, the princess’s family estate in England. Through the words of those who knew her, who admired her, in her own words, and through the rich archive of CBS News, the special looks at the impact Princess Diana had on Britain, the monarchy and the world and features interviews with close friends who open up about their personal conversations Princess Diana in the weeks leading up to her death. In fact, friend Lana Marks reveals something surprising — the man who was the only one true love of her life.

“CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King at Althorp, the childhood home of Princess Diana

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From her wedding to Prince Charles in 1981 until her tragic death on Aug. 31, 1997 in a horrific car crash in the Pont de I’Alma road tunnel in Paris, Princess Diana was a public draw, but there was much more behind the headlines most people never knew.

“I think Diana’s death robbed the world of an extraordinary, luminous character,” says author Patrick Jephson. “She leaves an unfillable gap on the world stage.”

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