BRI­TISH TV TO AIR RECORD­INGS OF DIANA DIS­CUSSING HER MAR­RIAGE

The Denver Post - - NATION & WORLD - As­so­ci­ated Press file — The As­so­ci­ated Press

LON­DON» A Bri­tish tele­vi­sion chan­nel is broad­cast­ing a new doc­u­men­tary on Princess Diana us­ing con­tro­ver­sial video­tapes in which she can­didly dis­cussed her mar­i­tal prob­lems and her strained re­la­tion­ship with the royal fam­ily.

The record­ings of Diana talk­ing to her pub­lic speak­ing coach, Pe­ter Set­te­len, in the early 1990s in­cluded her de­scrip­tion of how Queen El­iz­a­beth II re­acted when she asked the monarch for ad­vice about her fail­ing mar­riage with Prince Charles.

“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,’ ” Diana said. “And that was it. And that was help.”

This year marks the 20th an­niver­sary of Diana’s death in a Paris car crash on Aug. 31, 1997, which was fol­lowed by an out­pour­ing of grief in Bri­tain and be­yond.

Diana and Charles mar­ried in 1981 and di­vorced in 1996 af­ter hav­ing two sons, Prince Wil­liam and Prince Harry. The tapes in­clude her dis­cussing Charles’ re­la­tion­ship with Camilla Parker Bowles, whom Charles later mar­ried in 2005.

The record­ings also show Diana talk­ing about fall­ing “deeply in love” with a man widely be­lieved to be her pro­tec­tion of­fi­cer, Barry Man­na­kee, as well as Charles’ at­tempts to woo her dur­ing a bar­be­cue in 1979 when she was 18. ●●●

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