Sky News:-Princess Diana’s brother has reportedly pleaded with Channel 4 not to broadcast video tapes of his sister speaking about her personal life, for fear of the distress it will cause Princes William and Harry.
The footage, which was recorded on a camcorder at Kensington Palace in 1992/93 by Diana’s speech coach, former Coronation Street actor Peter Settelen, contains deeply personal revelations about Diana’s marriage to Prince Charles.
When Diana confronted her husband about his infidelity, she says he replied: “I refuse to be the only Prince of Wales who never had a mistress.”
She also claims Prince Philip told Charles that if the marriage did not work out, he could go back to Camilla “after five years”.
n another excerpt, Diana discusses going to see the Queen for advice. She says: “So I went to the top lady, sobbing, and I said, ‘What do I do? I’m coming to you, what do I do?’ And she said ‘I don’t know what you should do. Charles is hopeless.’
“And that was it, and that was help.”
Diana ridicules Charles’ efforts to woo her. When she was staying with friends in Sussex, the Prince made an approach.
“He chatted me up,” Diana says. “He was like a bad rash. He was all over me and I thought, you know, ‘Urgh’. Whereupon, he leapt upon me and started kissing me and everything, and I thought, ‘Waaah! This is not what people do.'”
Diana and Charles met only 13 times before marrying. “He wasn’t consistent with his courting abilities,” she says. “He’d ring me every day for a week, then wouldn’t speak to me for three weeks. Very odd.”
Sex with Charles happened “once every three weeks” and apparently fizzled out six or seven years before the tapes were recorded.
And her bulimia was common Royal knowledge, she says: “Everybody knew about the bulimia in the family. And they all blamed the failure of the marriage on the bulimia and it’s taken them time to think differently.
“I said I was rejected, I didn’t think I was good enough for this family, so I took it out on myself. I could have gone to alcohol… I could have been anorexic… I chose to hurt myself instead of hurting all of you.”
The Mail on Sunday reported that Earl Spencer told Channel 4 that broadcasting the tapes for the first time on British TV would cause distress, particularly to William and Harry.
One of Diana’s closest friends, Rosa Monckton, told the paper: “How intrusive is this? It doesn’t matter that it was 20-odd years ago.
“The tapes should have been sent to the boys. I just think it is absolutely disgusting.”
Former Royal press secretary Dickie Arbiter told Sky News: “I don’t believe there’s anything that we’re going to learn from the tapes. I think it’s absolutely shameful that these tapes have been made available.”
The tapes have been broadcast before – by US network NBC in 2004.
Channel 4 said in a statement: “The excerpts from the tapes recorded with Peter Settelen have never been shown before on British television and are an important historical source.
“We carefully considered all the material used in the documentary and, though the recordings were made in private, the subjects covered are a matter of public record and provide a unique insight into the preparations Diana undertook to gain a public voice and tell her own personal story, which culminated in her later interview for Panorama.”