Friend of Diana wants Channel 4 to scrap its 'intrusive' new documentary

02 August 2017, 12:19 | Santos Harmon

1992 of Princess Diana leaving the first anti-AIDS bookshop

Princess Diana

Channel 4 in the United Kingdom has defended itself against accusations of exploitation and insensitivity over its decision to broadcast video recordings of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Diana: In Her Own Words will be broadcast in the United Kingdom on Sunday, 6 August at 8pm on Channel 4. Except, here's the thing: I won't watch it.

Princess Diana's former butler says the controversial tapes showing Diana talking about her marriage and private life should not be broadcast by Channel 4.

It also features compelling interviews with Diana's close friend Dr. James Colthurst, her friend and dance teacher Anne Allan.

In them, she describes her love for her bodyguard and outline her concerns that Palace officials wanted to take her sons away.

After Earl Spencer, Diana's brother, reportedly failed in a bid to make Channel 4 reconsider its decision, royal commentators rounded on the broadcaster today.

She said: 'This doesn't belong in the public domain.

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. I'm coming to you, what do I do?' And she said, 'I don't know what you should do.

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English journalist and Royal writer Penny Junor agrees arguing that the tapes will just cause further distress.

There are thought to be 12 video tapes in total and Channel 4 has based its documentary on seven of them, with the rest thought to be missing.

"I said, 'It's pathetic watching you walking up the aisle with Lord Mountbatten's coffin in front, ghastly. And that was the deepest blow in my life I must say".

On falling for the "inconsistent" prince: "Like the fat Sloane Ranger that I was, I was seriously wooed by Charles, but he wasn't consistent". Of course it was troubled-they got divorced. During one polo match in particular, Charles was more clumsy than charming. Imagine what kind of state Diana was in-recently separated, publicly humiliated, hounded by paparazzi.

Diana even asked Bowles to back off.

The exhibition opened last Saturday and visitors to the palace will also be able to see a collection of more than 200 gifts made to Queen Elizabeth during her 65-year reign including a paperweight made from a dinosaur bone and a Union Flag badge worn in space by British astronaut Major Tim Peake. Unearthing them, to me, seems nearly cruel.

Rosa Monckton, a friend of the princess, told the Guardian newspaper that the tapes should not be shown and instead be handed to Princess Diana's sons Prince Harry and Prince William.

Dickie Arbiter, a former spokesman for the Queen, told Sky News that airing the tapes was "absolutely shameful" and it seemed there was "grubby blood money running around".



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