Heavy criticism once Diana considered running away with her own bodyguard

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The revelations were made in a series of chats with Peter Settelen Photo (C) GETTY
The revelations were made in a series of chats with Peter Settelen Photo (C) GETTY

‘The tapes are private!’ Camilla biographer RAGES over Princess Diana documentary

The woman who penned a tell-all Camilla Parker-Bowles biography has blasted Channel 4 for planning to air explosive ‘video diaries’ documenting Princess Diana’s failed marriage to Prince Charles.

Penny Junor, who recently released The Duchess- The Untold Story, branded the decision to broadcast the video tapes “appalling” before insisting it would be “extremely humiliating” for Princess Diana’s family.

Using controversial video tapes of Diana speaking to her voice coach Peter Settelen, the Channel 4 programme chronicles her relationship with those closest to her in her own words.

In the recordings, Diana discloses intimate details of her strained marriage to Prince Charles and includes heavy criticism of the Royal Family and an admission that she once considered running away with her own bodyguard.

Speaking on Sky News, Miss Junor hit out at the media for “never letting her rest in peace” following her death in 1997.

CAIRO, EGYPT - MAY 12: Princess Diana With Ten Year-old Heba Salah Whilst Visiting The Institute For Polio Rehabilitation, Cairo. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
CAIRO, EGYPT – MAY 12: Princess Diana With Ten Year-old Heba Salah Whilst Visiting The Institute For Polio Rehabilitation, Cairo. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)

The furious royal author said: “I think it’s appalling, I cannot see any justification for it at all – these were made in private, Diana had no idea that they would ever be broadcast.

“They are deeply personal, they will be extremely humiliating to the Prince of Wales, damaging to the Royal family, hurtful to William and Harry and Diana’s sisters and brother – I simply cannot understand the justification.”

While William was 15 and becoming aware of his responsibilities and the importance of his role and future, Diana hadn’t had time to ‘finish’ Harry. The trio are pictured here at Aberdeen Airport in 1
While William was 15 and becoming aware of his responsibilities and the importance of his role and future, Diana hadn’t had time to ‘finish’ Harry. The trio are pictured here at Aberdeen Airport in 1

She said although the details of the tapes were already leaked, watching the tapes, which will be aired nearly 20 years after Princess Diana died in a car crash, would be “more voyeuristic”.

In a crass comment, the author went so far as to liken the documentary viewers to people who stare at car crashes on the motorway.

“It’s like people stopping at a motorway crash to look at the gory details – that is what this is.”

Prince William and Princess Diana in a photo from the princes’ personal collection Photo (C) THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE AND PRINCE HARRY, PA
Prince William and Princess Diana in a photo from the princes’ personal collection Photo (C) THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE AND PRINCE HARRY, PA

The writer said the “not for public consumption” tapes should only be released and looked at by historians in the distant future.

Miss Junor, who penned a 320-page book about Princess Diana’s love rival Camilla Parker-Bowles, said the public already knows “a huge amount” about the late royal.

She said: “Why do we need to know more about this woman? We know a huge amount about her already.

Diana's personal protection officer described Harry as 'incorrigible' Photo (C) REX FEATURES
Diana’s personal protection officer described Harry as ‘incorrigible’ Photo (C) REX FEATURES

“She has been dead for 20 years we have never let her rest in peace, the media time and time and time again have been putting her on the front page of their newspapers, producing documentaries about her.

“The boys have already spoken last week, they made that documentary themselves saying how difficult it had been to come to terms with her death, of course, it’s been difficult for them because she’s never been allowed to go quietly.”

A Channel 4 spokesperson said the documentary, due to be aired in early August, presented a “unique portrait” of Princess Diana.

VANCOUVER - MAY 03: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales, wearing a white Murray Arbeid dress and Queen Mary;s diamond and pearl tiara, attend a dinner on May 03, 1986 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Anwar HusseiVANCOUVER - MAY 03: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales, wearing a white Murray Arbeid dress and Queen Mary;s diamond and pearl tiara, attend a dinner on May 03, 1986 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)n/Getty Images)
VANCOUVER – MAY 03: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales, wearing a white Murray Arbeid dress and Queen Mary;s diamond and pearl tiara, attend a dinner on May 03, 1986 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)

They said: “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.

“This unique portrait of Diana gives her a voice and places it front and centre at a time when the nation will be reflecting on her life and death.”

Diana with her sons Prince William and Prince Harry Photo (C) REX FEATURES
Diana with her sons Prince William and Prince Harry Photo (C) REX FEATURES

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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