Diana tapes are no longer private, argues lawyer

Wednesday, 02 Aug, 2017

According to a report in Forbes, there are at least 20 videotapes covering 21 hours of coaching and media training.

The recordings were made by her voice coach Peter Settelen at Kensington Palace, but are arguably less revelatory than the Panorama interview in which she admitted adultery that was screened a few years later. "In another case, with a young 16-year-old girl who was missing a limb, she'd touch her necklace, just little gestures showing that Diana was paying attention".

Mr Settelen, 65, holds the copyright to the tapes, which were returned to him following a bitter legal row with the Spencers. They were under the possession of Princess Diana's former butler Peter Burrell.

She recalls the night that her relationship with the Prince of Wales turned romantic.

Diana's former ballet teacher Anne Allan and teenage friend Dr. James Colhurst have told all about her eating disorder for a Channel 4 documentary in Britain. It's nearly like raiding her diary. "What is clear beyond any measure of doubt is that at the time she recorded these tapes and the time she was going through her separation from..."

Before the royal wedding, Diana and Charles had spent time only on 13 occasions. "I'm coming to you, what do I do?' And she said 'I don't recognize what you ought to do, '" Diana said. The advice she received?

"When I was 24, 25, I fell deeply in love with somebody who worked in this environment", she confides. She also criticized the royal family at some points during the talk.

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On her own forbidden palace romance, believed to be with bodyguard Barry Mannakee: "I should never have played with fire, but I did and I got very burnt". He died in a motorcycle accident weeks later. "And he was the greatest fun I have ever had".

On their sex life: "There was never a requirement for it from his case".

"I think it's remarkable any TV station would stoop that low". "But she realized she was living this lie... seemingly the wife of Prince Charles". Diana recalled, "He chatted me up, he was all over me like a bad rash; I thought... ehh".

"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, '" she said. "There was nothing spun about Diana, she was wonderfully unpredictable and her sense of anything being possible is an important element in the monarchy's future viability". "I understand that there is a thirst for new information but I think it's a step too far", he added. He was all over me for the rest of the evening. "And he was all over me for the rest of the evening, followed me around (like a) puppy".

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Today her sons Prince William and Prince Harry have carried on the mantle of her work of breaking down barriers toward public health, with Harry recently taking an HIV test alongside Grammy victor Rihanna. "It is better that the public sees what it says, without being embellished by other", was it justified at the time.