Today FM to air Princess Diana documentary

The Rebel Princess: why did the Irish cry for Diana?

To mark the 20th anniversary of her death, The Last Word on Today FM will air a specially commissioned docu-series entitled: ‘The Rebel Princess: why did the Irish cry for Diana?’

The series starts this evening (Monday) and will run until Thursday with four twenty-minute episodes.

The 4 part docu-series narrated by Today FM presenter Matt Cooper and produced by Daniel Cahill of The Last Word production team, examines and tries to make sense of the Irish reaction in the weeks after Diana’s death.

The series includes comment and contribution from a wealth of Irish people sharing stories of unique encounters with the princess. It also features contributions from former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and U2 Manager Paul McGuinness, journalists Brenda Power, Kathy Sheridan, Justine McCarthy, and Paul O’Kane.

Commenting on the series, Matt Cooper said: “The week after Diana died was a bizarre one in Ireland. Irish flags flew at half mast, people cried openly for someone they didn’t know, the Irish football team played a World Cup qualifier wearing black armbands. I was editor of The Sunday Tribune newspaper at the time and the sales of the paper on the day after her funeral were the highest, by far, of my six and a half years in charge. I’ve wondered since what was it that caused such interest, and hysteria, and the interviews we’ve conducted for this documentary series go a long way to explaining it all to me.”

‘The Rebel Princess: why did the Irish cry for Diana?’ airs this week The Last Word on Today FM from 5.30pm-6pm

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