Princess Diana’s secret love for her police bodyguard

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In 1985, a year after Prince Harry was born, six-foot-tall police bodyguard Sergeant Barry Mannakee was assigned to Princess Diana.

He was 37-years-old, dark-haired and burly, and Diana was in love with him. At least that’s what she reveals in a private conversation taped eight years later.

Diana and bodyguard Barry Mannakee in 1985

 Tapes of the late Princess from 1993 reveal her love for Sergeant Barry Mannakee Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Tapes of the late Princess from 1993 reveal her love for Sergeant Barry Mannakee Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

“I was quite happy to give it all up (her life as a royal), just to go off and live with him,” she tells actor Peter Settelen in tapes that were recorded in 1993 as part of her voice-coaching classes with him.

“Can you believe it? And he kept saying he thought it was a good idea, too.”

Diana goes on to explain that at the time Sergeant Mannakee signed on, her relationship with Prince Charles was strained, and that they were making love just once every three weeks.

When asked if the police officer fulfilled the sense of intimacy she felt she was lacking in her marriage, Diana replied, “Yeah”. However, she also made it clear their relationship was never s*xual.

Tapes of the late Princess from 1993 reveal her love for Sergeant Barry Mannakee Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Tapes of the late Princess from 1993 reveal her love for Sergeant Barry Mannakee Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

What they did share were long chats while driving up to Gloucestershire together at the weekends with William and Harry.

People around them also recalled flirty moments, such as one occasion when Diana apparently wiggled her bum at Sergeant Mannakee and asked if she looked good.

“Sensational, as you know you do. I could quite fancy you myself,” he is said to have replied.

Tapes of the late Princess from 1993 reveal her love for Sergeant Barry Mannakee Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Tapes of the late Princess from 1993 reveal her love for Sergeant Barry Mannakee Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

Source: nz news yahoo com

Tags: Diana Lovers, Diana, Princess Diana in Love, William and Harry, Prince William and Prince Harry

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