The prime-time special will explore the life of the People's Princess

By Michelle Tauber
February 13, 2017 09:00 AM

The life and legacy of Princess Diana is the subject of a new prime-time documentary.

On Monday, ABC and Time Inc.’s People announced the upcoming television event, which will air on ABC over two nights in August. The four-hour special, featuring new interviews with those who knew her, will offer fresh perspective on the woman known around the world as the People’s Princess.

“Princess Diana has appeared on the cover of People 57 times – more than anyone in the history of the People brand,” said Jess Cagle, People’s Editor-in-Chief and Time Inc.’s Editorial Director, Entertainment and Style Group. “Our audience has an insatiable appetite for news about the royal family. In fact, they are just as fascinated today as they were when Lady Diana was first introduced to the world back in 1981.”

The special marks the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death at age 36 in a Paris car crash on August 31, 1997. Today, Diana’s roles as a royal, a mother and a humanitarian live on through her family, friends and the charity work she spearheaded.

“Even 20 years after her untimely death, Princess Diana’s legacy continues to impact our world,” said Robert Mills, Senior Vice President, Alternative Series, Specials and Late Night for ABC. “Our special will honor her memory and all the good that she did in her tragically brief life. Our partners at People are perfect to tell this story as they’ve extensively covered her life throughout the years.”

The Princess Diana television event is produced for ABC by Time Inc. Productions, which has tapped Maura Mandt, an Emmy Award-winning producer and director, as executive producer.