06x04 - Aftermath

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06x04 - Aftermath

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[phone ringing]

[phone ringing]

[classical piano music playing]

[music stops]

[phone ringing]

Balmoral Castle.

[phone ringing]



[indistinct chatter over phone]


I understand. Thank you.

[dog barking]

[engine shuts off]

Your Majesty. Your Royal Highness.

I had a call about minutes ago
from the embassy in Paris.

It's Diana, Princess of Wales.
I'm afraid there's been an accident.

She was in a car crash with Dodi Fayed.
She's been taken to hospital.

There's no news yet of her condition,

but we believe the accident was serious,
and Mr. Fayed d*ed instantly.

I've just had a call
from my press secretary in London.

Apparently, it's all over the news.

[newsreader] Diana, Princess of Wales,

has been seriously injured
in a car crash in Paris.

A man believed to be the Harrods heir,

Dodi Fayed, is reported
to have been k*lled.

The accident is believed to have happened
as the car they were traveling in

was going through a tunnel
on a road alongside the River Seine.

French officials say the couple
were being chased by paparazzi.

We'll bring you more details on this
as we get them.

[helicopter blades whirring]

[in French] Straight to the morgue, sir?

[Mohamed in Arabic] No.
Take me to where it happened.

[Selma in French] Pont de l'Alma.

[sirens blaring]

[overlapping chatter]

[cameras clicking]

- [police radios squawking]
- [indistinct chatter]

[in Arabic] There is no power
nor strength except by Allah.

There is no power
nor strength except by Allah.

[breathes deeply]

[shouting mournfully in Arabic]


[door opens]

[muffled low rumbling]

[no audible dialogue]

[phone ringing]

Balmoral Castle.

Mr. Janvrin.

- The embassy in Paris again.
- Thank you. Robin Janvrin.

[newsreader] She was due
to spend maybe hours in Paris

before returning to London
to see her children.

The accident happened
shortly after midnight.

Diana and her friend Dodi Al Fayed
had been dining at the Ritz Hotel.

There were four people in the car

when it struck
the inside wall of the tunnel,

and, as you said, the Princess of Wales
has been taken to hospital

with concussion, a broken arm,
and cuts to her leg.

Witnesses at the scene
were describing how...
[dialogue fades out]

- [no audible dialogue]
- [clock ticking]

[somber music plays]


[muffled low rumbling]

[somber notes playing]

[theme music playing]

[newsreader] Well, let's just remind
people who are waking up this morning

to tell you the terrible news that Diana,
the Princess of Wales, has d*ed.

She suffered heavy internal bleeding in
her chest following a car crash in Paris.

The prime minister, Tony Blair, said,
"I'm utterly devastated."

"The whole of our country, all of us,
will be in a state of shock and mourning."

"Diana was a wonderful,
warm, and compassionate person

who people throughout the world loved."

"Our thoughts and prayers
are with her family,

particularly her two sons."
That statement from Tony Blair...

[Charles] I managed to get out for a walk.

[Camilla] Good idea.

[Charles] It's all so quiet and



[Charles wails mournfully]

[man on TV, indistinct]

All one has is questions.

Why did she change her plans?
What was she doing in Paris?

What caused the accident?

...are with her family and her friends.

The Queen and the Prince of Wales...

When are you going to tell the boys?

[sighs deeply]

I wanted to let them sleep.

Delay it as long as possible.

While they're sleeping,
they still have a mother.

Of course.

...medical team here at this hospital.

[inhales shakily]

[exhales] This is gonna be enormous.

People have no idea.

This is going to be the biggest thing
that any of us has ever seen.

[man on TV] As you say, Dermot, reactions
and condolences have been flooding in.

[birds chirping]


Morning, darling.

[William] Morning.

[somber notes playing slowly]

I'm afraid you're going to have to be

very brave.


[no audible dialogue]

[Janvrin] The princes are now awake.

And, I believe,
the Prince of Wales has broken the news.

[man speaking on TV, indistinct]

Those poor boys.

His team have made a request

to have an airplane
of the Queen's Flight made available.

- What for?
- [cup clinks]

To bring the princess back from Paris

in accordance with arrangements
set up under Operation Overstudy.

No. No, no, those plans are
for a royal death abroad.

Diana was no longer royal, no longer HRH.

We must be seen
to be doing this by the book.

[Janvrin] Indeed, sir, and I suggested
as such myself to the Prince of Wales.

To which he asked if we would prefer
the mother of the future King of England

to be brought back in a Harrods van.


[Janvrin] I have also taken the liberty
of drafting a short statement

expressing your and the Prince of Wales'
shock and distress at the news.

Thank you.

And finally, the chaplain called.

Did you have any thoughts
about going to church this morning?

We have to assume
that there will be photographers.

[Philip] The entire family must come.
Let me see.


no mention of the accident.

[Janvrin] Eh, ma'am?

Ask the chaplain
to keep to the usual service.

We want everything
to be as normal as possible.

That's fine.

[man speaking French on TV]

[Selma in Arabic] We retrieved
some of the princess' clothes

from Mr. Dodi's apartment,

gifts she apparently bought for her sons,

and a poem, engraved on a silver plaque.

[Selma] We believe
it was given to her by Mr. Dodi.

[Mohamed] It was a love for the ages.

They were engaged to be married, you know.

Dodi proposed to her last night.

Return the possessions to her family.

I will also write to both the royal family
and the Spencer family.

This tragedy will bring us together.

I am their brother in sorrow.

[breathes deeply]

[somber music plays]

- Thank you.
- [woman] Ma'am.

[singing hymn]

[church bells tolling]

[somber music playing]

[cameras clicking]

[cameras clicking]

[overlapping chatter]

[man shouts]

Your Royal Highness.

[in French] Mr. President.

Your Royal Highness.

[breathing shakily]

[groans softly]

[sobs softly]




[crying] Oh God.


[scattered light clapping]

[somber music plays]


One of the busiest cities in the world,
and you brought it to a standstill.

[Diana] Ta-da!

[Diana chuckles softly]

It was ever thus.

You were always
the most beloved of all of us.

Thank you for how you were
in the hospital.

So raw. Broken.

And handsome.

I'll take that with me.

You know, I loved you so much.

So deeply.

But so painfully too.

Well, it's over now.

Be easier for everyone with me gone.


No, it won't.

It will.

[pensive music plays lightly]

Admit it. You've had that thought already.

The only thought I've had
since the moment I heard is


That will pass.

No, it won't.

[somber music builds slowly]

[inhales shakily]

[soldier] Quick march.

[footman] And you, sir.

[door opens]

[door shuts]

[dog whimpers]

Darling boy.

Where's Granny?

On a call.

The Spencers.

- [Philip] Thank you.
- [Charles Spencer] You too.

- We'll be in touch.
- All right.

[door opens]

- [door shuts]
- How was it?

[Charles] Uh...

It was extraordinary.

It's another world.

We would have followed your progress

but we've put away all the televisions
and wirelesses for the boys.

Yes, well, I, um...

I agree with your instinct,
but I do think it's important

that senior members of the family
keep an eye on the mood out there.

I thought we might
concentrate on the mood here

and taking care of this family.

[Charles] Diana was part of this family.

Divorced from this family.

A legal severance.

An amputation

that you fought so hard for.

Not us.

We all wanted her
to remain in this family.

But you insisted on divorce.

Which is why this is now
a Spencer family matter.

And why we are keen
to respect their wishes

for a small, private, family service.

[Charles] I think that would be a mistake.

The prime minister feels
that the right thing is a public funeral.

A state occasion in all but name,
and I agree with him.

But that would mean leaving Scotland

and participating in
some huge spectacle in London.

Do you want to put the boys through that?

They'd have to walk behind the coffin,
in front of all those cameras.

[Charles] And show their respects
to their late mother,

as people will want them to do.

It's... always been hard for us
to understand the connection

that Diana has with people,
but the fact that it's inexplicable

shouldn't lead us to deny it.

I've just been out there.
I've seen it for myself.

People taking to the streets.

Not just here, all over the world,
in their hundreds, thousands.

And they will expect us
to show grief, and compassion,

and for you to be mother to the nation.

If you don't mind, I'm concerned with
being a grandmother to William and Harry.

That's my priority.

And I'd rather not be lectured on how
or when to grieve or show emotion.

Particularly by the person
who caused her the most pain.


All right. All right.

I admit, I...

I let her down in life.

But I will not let her down in death.

We can't have it both ways.
Haven't we learnt that yet?

We can't be a private family
when we want to be

and a public one when it suits us.

Time and time again,
we try to have it both ways.

We can't, and it's time
William learnt that.

Yes, he's a shy boy,
but he's also a future king.

And when his mother dies
and people grieve,

he has to behave like one.

[muezzin calling over speaker]

[man speaking in Arabic]

[man in English] Brothers and sisters,
may Allah bless you all.

We are shortly going to commence
the janazah prayer

of Emad El-Din Mohamed
Abdel Mena'em Fayed,

the son of our dear brother

Mohamed Al Fayed.

At these times,

we ask Allah

to grant Mohammed Al Fayed

and his entire family

peace and solace.

- [drums b*ating]
- [chanting in Arabic]

[call and response in Arabic]

[man speaking in Arabic]

[all responding in Arabic]

[somber music rises]

[somber music fades out]

- [knocking]
- [door opens]

[in Arabic] Still nothing from the Palace?

[Selma] No.

But we sent flowers?

[Selma] Yes.

And letters and gifts. No word at all?


And the poem I sent
to be placed in Diana's coffin?

It was returned.

Without acknowledgement.

[door shuts]

Why do they hate me?

Is it the fate of Arabs
to always be hated by the West?

[Dodi] Don't take it personally.

[chuckles softly]

[Mohamed] How can I not?


There's no mention of you anywhere!

It's as if only one person d*ed.

But across the Arab world,
in Cairo, Beirut, Baghdad,

they are calling me a hero.

You shouldn't look up to the West.

Of course I look up to the West.

You shouldn't.

Exalted expectations are not fair.

They can never be fulfilled.

[tearfully] Did I have
unfair expectations of you?


Forgive me.

[sobbing softly]

Forgive me...

for failing you.

You were perfect.

No, I wasn't.

Be honest about who I was.

Because wounds will only heal
with the truth.

[Mohamed sobs]


No, Dodi, no!

Don't leave me!


[in English] It's good to see
such a strong collective effort

as we mount a response to this moment of

national sorrow.

I'm delighted that opinion is
coalescing around a public funeral,

and if all parties are happy
with Westminster Abbey

as the venue for the service, my office
will start to draw up a list of attendees.

Um, but we would recommend

that the congregation reflects
the causes closest to the princess.

A*DS patients, landmine victims...

Sir, Prince William is not in his room,
and no one can find him.

...assortment of establishment figures.


[overlapping shouts]

- This is a massive palaver.
- Anne, will you take Harry?

- He might be dying.
- [Anne] No need to panic.

[engine turns over]

[doors closing]

[indistinct chatter]

[engines revving]

[pensive music playing]

[dogs barking]

[rain pattering]

[dogs barking]


- William!
- William!

- William!
- William!

- William!
- William!


- Any sign?
- No.

[indistinct conversations]

[thunder rumbling]

[Charles sighs]

[wind gusting]

- How could this have happened?
- We'll do whatever we can.

- With all our staff...
- Mm.

[rain pattering]

- [footsteps approaching]
- [panting softly]

- He's coming back.
- Oh, thank heavens.

Oh, what a relief.

- All right?
- Fine.

[Elizabeth] Thank heavens.

Are you all right?

Fourteen hours that poor boy was gone.

He's never done anything like that before.

And if he is behaving so out of character,
perhaps Charles is right.

About what?

That the rest of the country is
starting to behave out of character too.

He's been urging me
to help calm things down.

By doing what?

Going down to London before the funeral.

Making some kind of statement

that acknowledges
the pain being felt by everyone.

Bereavement helplines are overwhelmed.

Sensible adults are
weeping openly in the streets.

Don't you dare.

Sanity will soon prevail.

Hold firm.

[man on TV] Diana's body will begin
its final journey on Saturday.

There continues to be criticism

that the Queen has misjudged
the mood of the country.

Set against a background of raw emotion,
there is some feeling

that the royal family
should be in London sooner,

the focus of the nation's mourning.

It's hard not to look at this
like a psychologist might.

There's the country,
like a sick, uncomforted child,

and then there's the Queen,
hiding away, cold and aloof.

Unable to mother the nation

in precisely the same way
as she was unable to mother us.


That is... just not helpful now.

Whether it's her children or the nation,

a reluctance or inability to mother
might have consequences.

[man on TV] This is just dreadful.
They should be here.

[man ] There's "a growing
anti-royal mood," says
The Independent,

while the Express asks the Queen
to "show us you care."

I rest my case.

...which reflects
the public's growing frustration

at the silence from Balmoral.

Numbers pouring into the capital
to mourn have grown with each hour,

so has the nation's frustration.

Whilst the people laid flowers
and signed the books of condolence,

the royal family remains silent,
hundreds of miles away at Balmoral.

Christopher Peacock is
at St. James's Palace now.

Everyone knows the background
to this sad, unhappy story.

- Everybody knows...
- Mummy.

I was, uh...

I was wondering if you'd had a chance
to reconsider your position.

You've seen the images on the television.

It would be very easy to...
dismiss the whole thing as mass hysteria,

but the more I look at it,

and the bigger the crowds get, the more
I'm persuaded that there's something

much deeper at work here.

People are in shock.

A beautiful young woman
was cut off in her prime.

It's natural for people to come together

and express their grief.

But the Crown

rises above impulse.

At its peril.

Mummy, I wouldn't be suggesting this
if I didn't think it was essential,

and that there was a real chance
that things might turn ugly.

What do people want from me?

Attention. And love.


And... understanding.

And... and support.

And care.

And... empathy.

And theater.

And spectacle.

And exhibitionism.

Yes. All the things that Diana stood for.

All the things
that Diana challenged us with.

But all the things that people out there
were very grateful for.

They didn't see it as

spectacle or exhibitionism.

Diana gave people what they needed.

Even if it was just confirmation that

great pain and sadness
doesn't discriminate.

It comes to those
with beauty and privilege too.

And they adored her for it.

[man on TV] I think the Queen
has got to come to terms

with the humanity everyone else feels.

I think she's got to take that on board
and really show that humanity somehow

through this rather icy façade
that the royals have.

I hope you're happy now.

You've finally succeeded in turning me
and this house upside down.

- That was never my intention.
- [scoffs]

Oh, please.

Look at what you've started.

It's nothing less than revolution.

[Diana] It didn't need to be.

But by making an enemy of me,

not of me personally,
but of what I stand for...

[woman on TV] Irreplaceable.

...then it starts to look like one.

[man on TV] Overnight, the number
of condolence books was increased

from five to fifteen,
an indication, perhaps,

that the royal establishment
may have initially underestimated...

They're trying to show you who they are.
What they feel.

What they need.

And I know that must be terrifying,
but it needn't be.

For as long as anyone can remember,

you've taught us
what it means to be British.

Maybe it's time to show
you're ready to learn too.

[somber music rises]


We're going to London tomorrow.

[Philip] What?

You heard me.

- [exhales]
- [music fades out]

[gates clanking]

God bless you, Your Majesty.

[cameras clicking]


[muttering under breath]

[Elizabeth clears throat]

Thank you, ma'am. When you're ready.

I'm ready.

In five, four, three...

Since last Sunday's dreadful news,

we have seen,
throughout Britain and around the world,

an overwhelming expression
of sadness at Diana's death.

We have all been trying,
in our different ways, to cope.

It is not easy to express a sense of loss,

since the initial shock is often
succeeded by a mixture of other feelings.




and concern for those who remain.

[breathes deeply]

We have all felt those emotions

in these last few days.

So, what I say to you now,

as your queen and as a grandmother,

I say from my heart.

First, I want to pay tribute
to Diana myself.

She was an exceptional
and gifted human being.

In good times and bad,

she never lost her capacity
to smile and laugh,

nor to inspire others
with her warmth and kindness.

This week at Balmoral, we have all been
trying to help William and Harry

come to terms with the devastating loss

that they, and the rest of us,
have suffered.

No one who knew Diana
will ever forget her.

Millions of others who never met her,
but feel they knew her, will remember her.

I, for one, believe there are lessons
to be drawn from her life

and the extraordinary
and moving reaction to her death.

I share in your determination
to cherish her memory.

Our thoughts are also with Diana's family

and the families
of those who d*ed with her,

as they seek to heal their sorrow

and then to face the future
without a loved one.

[horse hooves clopping]

[footsteps falling steadily]

[onlookers chattering, sobbing]

[woman] God bless you, boys.

Don't react.

Keep your eyes forward or on the ground.

Concentrate on the act of walking.

Step by step.

Why are they crying
for someone they never knew?

They're not crying for her.

They're crying for you.

[woman sobbing]

[somber music playing]

[Elizabeth] I hope that tomorrow
we can all, wherever we are,

join in expressing our grief
at Diana's loss

and gratitude for her all too short life.

It is a chance to show the whole world

the British nation
united in grief and respect.

May those who d*ed rest in peace,

and may we, each and every one of us,

thank God for someone
who made many, many people happy.

[somber music intensifies slowly]
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