In the run-up to remember her 20th death anniversary, controversial, never-before-seen footage of Princess Diana will air in a new British documentary titled: Diana: In Her Own Words.
The tapes reveal how Diana called the Queen for help when she realized she was in a “loveless marriage.”
These tapes were recorded by Diana’s public speaking teacher Peter Settelen where Diana goes on to describe heart-wrenching ways she tried to cope with her situation.
In them, the princess reveals that five years into her marriage she went “sobbing” to the Queen once she believed she had “confirmation” that her marriage was loveless. “So I went to the top lady and said: ‘I don’t know what I should do’. She said: ‘I don’t know what you should do.’ And that was it. That was ‘help.’”
Moreover, the tapes also contains details of how she really felt towards Prince Charles, from being unimpressed by him at first, and how they only met 13 times before they got married.
Diana’s friends have asked producers not to release these recordings, which have been highly-contested since being discovered in 2001 at the home of Paul Burrell, the former royal butler. There was even an attempt to legally ban them from being broadcasted while Prince William and Prince Harry were still alive, while the Spencer family tried to get custody of them.
Other personal revelations in this new documentary involve a mystery man with whom Diana was infatuated with.
“At 24, I fell deeply in love with someone who was part of all this and that was all found out and he was chucked out and then he was killed. And that was the deepest blow in my life I must say,” she says.
“But there was never any proof,” she adds. “I should never have played with fire, but I did and I got very burnt. Three weeks after he left, he was killed in a motorbike accident. And he was the greatest fun I have ever had.”
It has been widely assumed that she was talking about Barry Mannakee, a royal-protection-squad officer tragically killed in a motorcycle accident.