The Queen told Diana that Charles was “hopeless” when she begged the monarch for advice about her marriage problems.
In explosive footage to be shown for the first time in Britain, Diana’s voice will be broadcast from beyond the grave, revealing how she turned to her royal in-laws, desperate for help.
She later tells her in-laws that her treatment had caused her to suffer an eating disorder, saying: “I didn’t think I was good enough for this family so I took it out on myself – I chose to hurt myself instead of hurting any of you.”
In videos filmed with the Princess’s voice coach Peter Settelen, she claims Prince Philip advised Charles to give his marriage five years and then go back to his mistress, Camilla Parker Bowles, if it didn’t work out.
The tapes have been bought by Channel 4 and will be broadcast as part of a 110-minute documentary, Diana: In Her Own Words, next Sunday.
In it Diana reveals how she challenged Charles about his relationship with Camilla, saying: “I remember saying to my husband, ‘Why? Why have you got this lady around?’ And he said, ‘Well, I refuse to be the Prince of Wales who never had a mistress’.”
The footage was filmed between the end of 1992 and mid-1993, when the so-called War of the Waleses was at its peak.
Diana claims she turned to the Queen for help, saying: “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, that was help.”
She adds: “My father-in-law said to my husband, ‘If your marriage doesn’t work out, you can always go back to her after five years’, which is exactly, I mean, for real I know that had happened after five years.
“I knew something was happening before that but the fifth year I had confirmation.”
Although Mr Settelen was employed as a voice coach, their £50 sessions in Diana’s sitting room at Kensington Palace turned into mock interviews, with the Princess answering extraordinarily intimate questions on camera.
Channel 4 claims the footage was filmed to prepare then 31-year-old Diana for her 1995 Panorama interview with Martin Bashir and was for “public” consumption.
But Princes William and Harry are likely to view the broadcast as yet another betrayal of their mother as the world prepares to mark the 20th anniversary of her death next month.
The Royal Family previously tried to ban the tapes from being shown after seven of 12 recordings were found during a 2001 raid on the home of Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell.
The whereabouts of the remaining five tapes is unknown.
Mr Settelen won the case and sold five-and-a-half hours of footage to the American network NBC for a rumoured £500,000 in 2004.
Channel 4 refused to reveal how much he was paid this time around.
The tapes will be shown on British television for the first time next Sunday.
Other sensational revelations in the documentary include how Diana’s relationship with Charles deteriorated so badly after Harry was born that they rarely had sex.
She says they were intimate “sort of once every three weeks and then it fizzled out about seven years ago, six years ago”.
She also describes how staying with the Royal Family at Balmoral after she first started dating Charles felt like “being s*cked in”.
She adds: “You know, there’s people pushing and people pulling, all in the same direction.”
Diana never felt at ease among the Royal Family
She reveals how alarm bells started ringing when the newly engaged couple gave a TV interview at Buckingham Palace in which Charles appeared unable to declare his love for his fiancee.
Diana says: “I was brought up in the sense that, you know, when you got engaged to someone, you loved them. The most extraordinary thing is we had this ghastly interview the day we announced our engagement and this ridiculous ITN man said, ‘Are you in love?’ “What a thick question. So I said, ‘Yes, of course we are’, in the sort of fat Sloane Ranger that I was, and Charles turned round and said, ‘Whatever love means’, and that threw me completely. I thought ‘What a strange answer’. God. It traumatised me.”
Describing herself as “neurotic” she says she became bulimic as a direct result of her husband’s infidelity.
“Everybody knew about the bulimia in the family and they all blamed the failure of the marriage on the bulimia and that’s taken some time to get them 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 said, ‘I could have gone to alcohol which would have been obvious, I could have been anorexic which would have been even more obvious. I decided to do a more discreet thing which ultimately wasn’t discreet but I chose to hurt myself instead of hurting any of you’.”
Described as showing Diana “uninhibited, free-talking and candid”, the documentary also features contributions from her former private secretary Patrick Jephson and former royal bodyguard Ken Wharfe, who are both highly critical of Charles and his aides.
Mr Jephson said: “Going to work for the Prince and the Princess in the late 1980s meant becoming part of an organisation that had as its number one priority keeping quiet about the fact that this was a marriage in name only. The number one propriety was to maintain what turned out to be a lie.”
Claiming Diana “wasn’t really wanted any more” after she separated from Charles in 1992, he added: “She was on the receiving end of a whispering campaign in which every thing from her competence as a princess, to her suitability as a mother and indeed her sanity were being questioned.
“The real damage was done by those who tried to marginalise her. They saw that their man’s path to the crown would be a great deal easier were he not competing for popularity with his ex-wife.”
Mr Wharfe added: “People were saying that she’s mad. But the fact is that here was a case of a woman trying to come to terms with the fact that her husband was in a relationship and having an affair with another woman. It’s as simple as that.”
Diana and the Queen
Diana went to the Queen for advice
He recalled how Diana confronted Charles and Camilla when they sneaked away to the nursery during a birthday party.
“She calmly said, ‘Look, I know what’s going on, so don’t treat me like an idiot’.”
Mr Wharfe said this was when the reality dawned on the Princess that there was nothing she could do to save her marriage.
“It was the beginning of the end,” he added.
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