Vastavam web: Princess Diana wanted to run away with a bodyguard with whom she had fallen “deeply in love” to escape her loveless marriage with Prince Charles, according to Diana’s privately recorded videos with her voice coach which are set to be aired for the first time in the UK.The former Princess of Wales, who was killed in a car crash in Paris 20 years ago, had recorded the tapes with Peter Settelen at Kensington Palace in 1992-1993.In the recordings, she admits falling in love with her bodyguard Barry Mannakee and also discloses her conversations with Charles over his affair with then Camilla Parker-Bowles.
“When I was 24 or 25 I fell deeply in love with someone who worked in this environment. I was quite happy to give all this up..just to go off and live. He [Mannakee] kept saying he thought it a good idea too,” she is heard saying in excerpts published in ‘The Sunday Times’.Diana, however, denies that it was a sexual relationship and says that “it was all found out and he was chucked out and then he was killed [in a motorbike accident] and that was the biggest blow of my life”.
“He was the greatest friend I’ve ever had. That was a real killer,” she says.In the tapes, she also describes the blunt response by Charles on being confronted about his affair as, “I refuse to be the only Prince of Wales who never had a mistress”.Diana’s brother Earl Spencer has urged Channel 4 to refrain from airing extracts from the tapes next week as they would cause distress to Diana’s sons Princes William and Harry. Settelen had been hired to help Diana prepare to publicly present her account of events after the couple separated in 1991.Although much of the footage is of voice lessons, at times she answered personal questions.