Doc­u­men­tary lays bare royal mar­riage’s woes

Princess of Wales says Charles felt he had a right to a mis­tress

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS - Tony Jones

The Prince and Princess of Wales’ mar­riage tur­moil and sex life is laid bare in a new doc­u­men­tary – with Di­ana claim­ing her hus­band as­serted his right to have a “mis­tress”.

Us­ing con­tro­ver­sial video tapes of Di­ana speak­ing to her voice coach, the Chan­nel 4 pro­gramme chron­i­cles her re­la­tion­ship with those clos­est to her in her own words. When she con­fronted Charles about why Camilla Parker Bowles – now his wife the Duchess of Corn­wall – was a part of his life, Di­ana said he replied: “Well, I refuse to be the only Prince of Wales who never had a mis­tress.”

Di­ana con­fessed she found so­lace with her mar­ried po­lice pro­tec­tion of­fi­cer Barry Man­na­kee, a re­la­tion­ship she sug­gested was not sex­ual but in the tapes she re­veals she con­sid­ered flee­ing the Royal House­hold to be with him.

The Princess claimed the Duke of Ed­in­burgh had told his son he could have an af­fair with Camilla – if his mar­riage had failed af­ter a set pe­riod.

In the video record­ings – aired in a US doc­u­men­tary 13 years ago but never screened in the UK – a re­laxed and can­did Di­ana said: “My fa­ther-in-law said to my hus­band ‘if your mar­riage doesn’t work out, you can al­ways go back to her af­ter five years’.

“I knew some­thing was hap­pen­ing be­fore that but the fifth year I had con­fir­ma­tion.”

Di­ana de­scribed how she ap­proached the Queen, or “the top lady” as she called her, for ad­vice and in the footage she still ap­peared vis­i­bly dis­sat­is­fied with the re­sponse as she told the story.

She said: “So I went to the top lady, sob­bing and I said ‘what do I do. I’m com­ing to you, what do I do? And she said ‘I don’t know what you should do. Charles is hope­less’. “And that was it and that was help.” The Chan­nel 4 doc­u­men­tary fea­tures some but not all of the footage recorded.

Di­ana: In Her Own Words will be screened on Au­gust 6.

Pic­ture: PA.

The state of the mar­riage be­tween Charles and Di­ana is shown in a can­did doc­u­men­tary.

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