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RECORD­INGS of Princess Diana speak­ing can­didly about her sex life with Prince Charles and her sor­row at the spec­tac­u­lar col­lapse of her mar­riage will be broad­cast on Bri­tish tele­vi­sion on Sun­day.

Diana, first wife of the heir to the Bri­tish throne, died aged 36 in Paris on Aug 31, 1997, af­ter the limou­sine car­ry­ing her and lover Dodi al-Fayed crashed in a tun­nel as it tried to es­cape pa­parazzi who were chas­ing them on mo­tor­bikes.

Diana was just 19 when she was be­trothed to Charles in 1981, but the mar­riage broke down. Diana blamed Camilla Parker Bowles, Charles’s lover who later be­came his wife, for the col­lapse of the mar­riage.

In a doc­u­men­tary planned to co­in­cide with the 20th an­niver­sary of Diana’s death, broad­caster Chan­nel 4 would show footage of her speak­ing about her mar­riage dur­ing pri­vately-recorded ses­sions with an ad­viser on pub­lic speak­ing.

The footage in­cluded Diana speak­ing about her sex life with Charles.

“It was just so odd. I don’t know there was no re­quire­ment for it from his case,” Diana said. “Sort of once every three weeks.

“And then I fol­lowed a pat­tern, he used to see his lady once every three weeks be­fore we got mar­ried,” she said.

Diana also re­lated how she ap­proached Queen El­iz­a­beth to dis­cuss the fail­ing mar­riage.

“She said, ‘I don’t know what you should do, Charles is hope­less’. And that was it,” Diana said. She also said Charles’s fa­ther, Prince Philip, had given him per­mis­sion to have an af­fair if the mar­riage did not work.

The footage of Diana was filmed at Kens­ing­ton Palace in 1992 and 1993 by speech coach Pe­ter Set­te­len. Af­ter a lengthy court bat­tle, the tapes were handed to Set­te­len.

Seg­ments of the tapes were aired in the United States by chan­nel NBC. In 2007, Bri­tish broad­caster the BBC also tried to use the tapes for a doc­u­men­tary, but the film was scrapped.

Mar­cus Ruther­ford, Set­te­len’s lawyer, said his client had tried to keep the tapes pri­vate but that this pri­vacy was bro­ken dur­ing the court bat­tle.

“Pe­ter was not her priest, doc­tor, ther­a­pist or lawyer,” Ruther­ford said in an emailed state­ment, de­fend­ing his sub­se­quent de­ci­sion to re­lease them.

“It is very clear that Diana her­self wanted the world at large to know about the causes of the prob­lems in her mar­riage,” he said.

Friends of Diana had crit­i­cised Chan­nel 4 for what they said was a vi­o­la­tion of pri­vacy.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana

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