Princess Diana wanted to run away with a bodyguard with whom she had fallen “deeply in love” to escape her loveless marriage with Prince Charles, according to Diana’s privately recorded videos with her voice coach which are set to be aired for the first time in the UK.
According to PTI news report, The former Princess of Wales, who was killed in a car crash in Paris 20 years ago along with her lover Dodi Al Fayed moments after they left the Ritz hotel in Paris , had recorded the tapes with Peter Settelen at Kensington Palace in 1992-1993.
They are now set to be aired for the first time as part of a documentary on the UK’s Channel 4 next week.
Channel 4 plans to air the program — based on the tapes recorded by Diana’s voice coach in 1992 and 1993 — next Sunday, three weeks before the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death in a Paris car crash.
Dubbed the “dynamite diaries”, they contain candid and intimate details of Diana’s marriage and her turmoil, including her admission that she considered running off with her bodyguard, with whom she was “deeply in love”.
Diana also reportedly details how she only had sex with her husband “once every three weeks” before Harry was born, and says that Prince Philip had told Charles he could have an affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles if his marriage failed.
In the recordings, she admits falling in love with her bodyguard Barry Mannakee and also discloses her conversations with Charles over his affair with then Camilla Parker-Bowles.
“When I was 24 or 25 I fell deeply in love with someone who worked in this environment. I was quite happy to give all this up..just to go off and live. He [Mannakee] kept saying he thought it a good idea too,” she is heard saying in excerpts published in The Sunday Times.
“I just needed someone to tell me I was all right and he mentally kicked me outside and made me go and do my engagements because I used to scream in this room [in Kensington Palace]. I should never have played with fire and I did and I got burnt,” she says.
Diana, however, denies that it was a sexual relationship and says that “it was all found out and he was chucked out and then he was killed [in a motorbike accident] and that was the biggest blow of my life”.
“He was the greatest friend I’ve ever had. That was a real killer,” she says.
In the tapes, she also describes the blunt response by Charles on being confronted about his affair as, “I refuse to be the only Prince of Wales who never had a mistress”.
She also recounts going to see Queen Elizabeth II, at the height of the crisis in the royal marriage, who reportedly said of her son, “I don’t know what you should do, Charles is hopeless”.
Diana’s brother Earl Spencer has urged Channel 4 to refrain from airing extracts from the tapes next week as they would cause distress to Diana’s sons Princes William and Harry.But the Channel has not obliged to Earl Spenser’s request. The Channel 4 extracts are taken from seven tapes but there were believed to be 12 in all, with five still missing.