Princess Diana was 'fading physically' after finding out about Charles' cheating

The origin of the Diana tapes is as follows: During the height of her divorce drama in 1993, the princess made some private recordings with her public speaking coach, Peter Settelen.

Channel 4 have released a statement to defend their upcoming documentary about the late Princess Diana, which will feature private footage of Diana talking about Prince Charles and her personal life.

Channel 4 said the tapes, which will be broadcast on Sunday, are an "important historical source".

Despite pleas from Earl Spencer, Diana's brother, for Channel 4 to cancel the airing of the footage in order to show respect to the Princes William and Harry and to Diana's memory, the tapes will be aired on the 6 August.

The Princess, who tragically died in a 1997 vehicle crash in Paris, made the revelations in the documentary, Diana: In Her Own Words.

'This unique portrait of Diana gives her a voice and places it front and centre at a time when the nation will be reflecting on her life and death'.

It is the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's death on August 31, and the world is already awash with headlines and documentaries about her life. She went sobbing to the Queen and said, "I don't know what I should do", to which the Queen replied, "I don't know what you should do".

As well as describing the 180-minute edit as a demonstration of Diana's "backbone of steel", Jephson says: "What you get beautifully through those tapes is her sense of spontaneity and fun".

The footage used in the documentary was captured at Diana's private residence in Kensington Palace, and shows her rehearsing her speaking voice.

He told ITV Yorkshire that the documentary nearly amounts to "raiding her diary".

In those tapes, Diana spoke about the day she went to see the Queen to seek help regarding her marital alliance.

"This is just another way of exploiting Diana", she said.

He also stressed they would not be authorising any "friends" to speak out against the documentary Diana: In Her Own Words on their behalf.

And Allan, who taught the Princess dance beginning in 1981 after her marriage, said Diana confided in her, saying Charles' affair with Camilla made her feel "very sad, devastated" and that she "wasn't enough".

A senior source said: "Neither the Duke of Cambridge or Prince Harry will be making any comment whatsoever expressing their views about the Channel 4 documentary".

"Everybody knew about the bulimia in the family".

Excerpts of the recordings were aired in the USA in 2004 but they have never been screened in Britain.

Diana also confessed having found solace with her married protection officer Barry Mannakee, a relationship she suggested was not sexual but that she had considered fleeing the Royal household for.

It has been publicly condemned by Diana's close friend Rosa Monckton, who has said: "I think it's completely inappropriate that they are being shown publicly".

  • Kyle Peterson