The makers of the new Diana documentary defend use of controversial tapes

The makers of the new Diana documentary defend use of controversial tapes

New recordings of her interview with voice coach Peter Settelen reveal Diana's sex life with her husband Prince Charles.

Defending its decision, Channel 4 said the footage was an important historical resource.

It's defintely something to watch after Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy which features a closer look at the royal princess through they eyes of her sons Prince William and Prince Harry.

They form the heart of a documentary, Diana: In Her Own Words, to be shown next Sunday.

There's especially not much we don't know about Princess Diana, who, since she was 19 years old, has had her life obsessively and consistently chronicled by the tabloids-and still does, even nearly 20 years after her death. "I think it made her very sad, devastated".

"I was brought up in the sense, when you got engaged with someone, you loved them", she said.

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

"I think a lot of viewers will feel for the first time that they are really seeing a natural, relaxed and personal Diana".

Diana hired Mr Settelen between 1992 and 1993 to help with her public speaking voice, following her collaboration with author Andrew Morton on a biography, and ahead of her bombshell Panorama interview in 1995.

Author Penny Junor blasted the network by saying that the film is just "plain exploitation, ghoulish and immoral".

The tapes were screened in the United States in 2004 and are available online, but they have not been never broadcast in Britain before.

"But now, coming up to the 20th anniversary, with everyone, including her own children, discussing Diana and revisiting her life, he wants Diana to be able to speak for herself".

When she sympathised with the prince about the recent funeral of his great uncle and mentor Lord Louis Mountbatten, killed by the IRA in 1979, and how he had needed someone "beside" him at the service, Charles responded amorously.

Police held a portion of the tapes after they were seized in ex-imperial head servant Paul Burrell's home in 2001.

Ralph Lee, the broadcaster's head of factual, describes the tapes as a "treasure trove" of footage marking a period in royal history as significant as Edward VIII's abdication.

Princess Diana's ballet teacher, Anne Allan, also opened up about how Diana felt about Charles being disloyal to her.

This year points the 20 commemoration of Diana's passing in a Paris auto collision on August 31, 1997, which was trailed by an overflowing of melancholy in Britain and past.

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.

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