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ITV orders new Princess Diana film, series 'Diana's Decades'

Princess Diana responds to reporters' questions in November 1985. ITV has ordered two new Princes Diana projects. File Photo by Doug Mills/UPI
Princess Diana responds to reporters' questions in November 1985. ITV has ordered two new Princes Diana projects. File Photo by Doug Mills/UPI | License Photo

June 8 (UPI) -- ITV announced on Tuesday that it has ordered two new Princess Diana projects including a feature-length film and a three-part documentary series.

The projects were announced ahead of what would have been Diana's 60th birthday on July 1.

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The film, titled Diana, hails from 72 Films and will utilize never-before-heard testimony, rare archive footage, photos and letters to present Diana's journey from being a teenager to becoming a princess.

Jemma Chisnall is directing the film, which will also explore who Diana was behind the camera and in her personal life. Mark Raphael and David Glover are executive producing.

"There is something a bit magical about Princess Diana -- and despite the difficulties in her personal life she managed to use her connection with people to do huge amounts of good. Her 60th birthday feels like the perfect time to re-examine her life and legacy and explore just how she went from a relatively unknown teenager to the most mourned person who ever lived," Glover said in a statement.

The series, titled Diana's Decades, will use each 60-minute episode to show how she inspired profound social change during different eras of her life. The show hails from Spun Gold.

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Nick Angel is directing the series with Jim Boyers as producer and Teresa Watkins as executive producer.

"This is Diana's story but it's also the story of us, and how we've been marked by her life even in ways we are not fully aware of. And we're gone all out to track down people who were there at the time so that we can bring fresh insight into the life, and times, of Diana, Princess of Wales," Watkins said in a statement.

Diana, the mother of Prince William and Prince Harry, died in a car crash while being pursued by paparazzi at the age of 36 in August 1997.

Harry said in May that he used alcohol and drugs to cope with his mother's death.

Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, also recently announced the birth of their second child, a daughter named Lilibet Diana. The newborn is named after Harry's mother Diana and grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

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