Documentary: 45 min.
Scriptwriter and Director: Michael Wech
This duel has been a discreet one, characterized by British subtlety. It was not only a conflict concerning crucial questions of the British monarchy. There were also grave tensions between a daughter-in law and her mother-in-law. The documentary shows the story of the Princess and the Queen from a new angle and offers a look behind the wall of the palace. British actors have re-enacted key scenes. “Diana versus the Queen” shows the rivalry between two women – a wife and a mother – and their influence on one man: Prince Charles. Beside this very personal rivalry, also a struggle evolves between the Queen of hearts and the traditionalist regent for the support and sympathy of the British people. Eventually, during the last months before his death, the family of Joerg Immendorff helps him to find to himself. However, even as a person with strong visions and fantasies he doesn’t want to conceive what’s going to await him. “One can gabble on; I can’t imagine this. I even refuse to imagine such things. I assume that we are immortal. End of discussion! Everything else is too scary.”
Young against old, modern spirit versus tradition, instinctiveness against strict monarchy rules – all these were essential elements of the duel in the Royal dynasty during the often scandalous eighties and nineties. Maybe also jealousy played a role – the Queen might have envied the younger, popular and charming Diana. Diana versus the Queen: a struggle between the Queen of hearts and the traditionalist regent for the support and sympathy of the people.
WDR (for Germany) or ECO Media TV (for foreign countries)