Prince Charles ‘told Diana it was his right to have a mistress’

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Prince Charles ‘told Diana it was his right to have a mistress’

Prince Charles told Princess Diana it was ‘his right’ to have a mistress during their ill-fated marriage, a controversial documentary claims.

Using video tapes of Diana talking to her voice coach, which have never been shown in the UK, the documentary also claims the Duke of Edinburgh had told Charles he could have an affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles if his marriage was not working out.

When Diana confronted Charles about Camilla, now the Duchess of Cornwall, Diana said he replied: ‘Well, I refuse to be the only Prince of Wales who never had a mistress.’

The Channel 4 documentary also details how Diana found solace with her married police protection officer Barry Mannakee, and considered fleeing the Royal household to be with him.

She also claimed she had s*x with her husband Charles ‘once every three weeks’ but it fizzled out a few years after Prince Harry was born in 1984.

In the tapes Diana said: ‘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.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 09: (L-R) Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attend the Observance for Commonwealth Day Service At Westminster Abbey on March 9, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by John Stillwell/ - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 09: (L-R) Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attend the Observance for Commonwealth Day Service At Westminster Abbey on March 9, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by John Stillwell/ – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

‘Which is exactly – I mean, for real I knew that it had happened after five (years) – I knew something was happening before that but the fifth year I had confirmation.’

She added: ‘So I went to the top lady (the Queen), 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.’

Camilla's popularity suffered after it emerged Prince Charles cheated on Princess Diana with her. Credit PA
Camilla’s popularity suffered after it emerged Prince Charles cheated on Princess Diana with her. Credit PA

The Princess hired voice coach Peter Settelen between 1992 and 1993 to help with her public speaking voice and the footage shows her discussing her personal life she is sat on a sofa, wearing a blouse, blazer and trousers.

Speaking about Mr Mannakee, Diana, said she fell ‘deeply in love’ with the officer but when he later died she described the moment as the ‘biggest blow of my life’.

She said: ‘I was quite happy to give all this up just to go off and live with him. Can you believe it? And he kept saying he thought it was a good idea, too.’

Rumours of an affair between Diana and Mr Mannakee spread and he was assigned to other duties before later dying in a motorcycle accident.

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

The tapes were returned to Mr Settelen in 2004 after a lengthy dispute with Diana’s family, headed by Earl Spencer, who said the footage belonged to them.

Scotland Yard had seized 20 tapes in a January 2001 raid on ex-royal butler Paul Burrell’s home.

The content of the tapes was regarded as so sensitive that the prosecution agreed not to use them in Mr Burrell’s Old Bailey trial which collapsed in 2002.

The tapes were later sold to American broadcaster NBC for an undisclosed sum and excerpts were broadcast in 2004.

Prince William Camilla duchess of Cornwall Photo (C) GETTY
Prince William Camilla duchess of Cornwall Photo (C) GETTY

Source: METRO CO UK

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