Princess Diana cried to the Queen over her 'loveless' marriage, documentary alleges

02 August, 2017, 00:16 | Author: Courtney Perry
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Princess Diana's former butler says the controversial tapes showing Diana talking about her marriage and private life should not be broadcast by Channel 4.

The tapes reveal that when Diana confronted Prince Charles about his affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles, he responded coldly.

Friend Rosa Monckton lashed out at Channel 4 bosses after they refused a plea from Diana's brother, Charles to stop the footage being shown.

'This unique portrait of Diana gives her a voice.at a time when the nation will be reflecting on her life and death'.

At the height of the AIDS epidemic in 1987 Princess Diana did something truly remarkable: She shook hands with an AIDS patient in London, a simple act that reverberated around the globe and smashed stigmas at a time when public fears about catching the disease were prevalent. "I'm coming to you, what do I do?' And she said 'I don't know what you should do, '" said Diana.

"I was brought up in the sense, when you got engaged with someone, you loved them", she said.

The footage, filmed by Diana's former voice coach Peter Settelen, was purchased by Channel 4 after the BBC made a decision to shelve a documentary about the same videos.

Royal biographer Penny Junor told the newspaper that Charles and Diana's sons princes William and Harry would not want the tapes aired again, saying it would be "deeply hurtful to them".

The tapes - recorded by Diana's speech coach Peter Settelen - have been screened in the U.S. but never broadcast on British television, with some of the footage due to be shown for the first time.


Deputy Chief Creative Officer Ralph Lee said the tapes are an important contribution to the "historical record".

The documentary chronicled Diana's charitable works, including her historic outreach to AIDS victims and her campaign to ban land mines. The show is called Diana: In Her Own Words.

They show the late Princess rehearsing her speaking voice and revealing stunning admissions about her marriage and public life which paved the way for her famous Panorama interview with Martin Bashir in 1995.

"Everybody knew about the bulimia in the family".

The footage, which was recorded at Kensington Palace in the early 1990s, has already been aired in the USA when NBC broadcast a documentary in 2004.

The ballet teacher also noticed that Diana had lost weight and the Princess told her that she had bulimia. "It doesn't matter that it was 20-odd years ago", she told the Mail on Sunday.

Friends of the Princess - who died in a 1997 auto crash in Paris - are urging the broadcaster not to air the tapes, calling it a "betrayal" of her privacy.

When she sympathised with the prince about the recent funeral of his great uncle and mentor Lord Louis Mountbatten, killed by the IRA in 1979, and how he had needed someone "beside" him at the service, Charles responded amorously.

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