Britney Spears is speaking out about Princess Diana after criticism of a harsh interview the late royal endured, and it’s clear Britney feels there are some parallels in her own life with the way Di was treated by the press and the public.
The Princess of Pop took to Instagram this week in defense of Diana after the late Princess’ son, Prince Harry, slammed BBC’s 1995 Panorama interview amid allegations Martin Bashir forged documents to secure the meeting.
Sharing a vintage photo of the late Princess Diana in her wedding dress, Britney Spears proclaimed:
“She never wanted to be the queen … she wanted to be the heart of the people!”
Britney continued, “She was more than class ? … she was sheer genius down to the way she spoke to the way she mothered her children ???. The essence of being completely oblivious to her own power !!!! 750 MILLION people watched her get married on TV ? !!!! She will always be remembered as one of the most remarkable women to date.”
The shoutout by Britney for Princess Diana comes after an explosive report from The Telegraph claimed journalist Martin Bashir forged bank documents that were shown to the late princess’ brother in order to secure the 1995 interview for Panorama.
The interview was extremely controversial, as Diana infamous mentioned that her marriage was a bit “crowded” with Queen Elizabeth II watching over her shoulder constantly. The Queen later recommended that Prince Charles seek a divorce from Diana.
Two years later, Princess Diana was killed in a car accident while trying to avoid paparazzi cameras.
As much of Britney Spears’ own personal drama has played out in front of the paparazzi cameras, the pop star clearly feels a connection to the treatment Princess Diana endured.
Prince Harry, who has been very outspoken against the press, released a statement in regards to the BBC’s investigation into the 1995 Panorama interview with his late mother.
“Our mother was an incredible woman who dedicated her life to service. She was resilient, brave, and unquestionably honest. The ripple effect of a culture of exploitation and unethical practices ultimately took her life. To those who have taken some form of accountability, thank you for owning it,” Harry said in a statement.
He continued, “That is the first step towards justice and truth. Yet what deeply concerns me is that practices like these—and even worse—are still widespread today. Then, and now, it’s bigger than one outlet, one network, or one publication.
Our mother lost her life because of this, and nothing has changed. By protecting her legacy, we protect everyone, and uphold the dignity with which she lived her life. Let’s remember who she was and what she stood for.”