Channel 4 is facing strong backlash from Princess Diana’s family and friends after the broadcaster announced it is going ahead in screening a new documentary revealing the intimate relationship and sex life between her and Prince Charles.
Due to be aired to mark the 20th anniversary of her death on 31 August 1997, it features previously unseen footage of Diana speaking to her voice coach, Peter Settelen.
She can be seen laying bare details about their sex life and, at one point, she claimed that her husband had said it was in his right to have a “mistress”.
She said that the pair had sex “once every three weeks” but that it fizzled a few years after Prince Harry was born in 1984.
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.
She said she felt “deeply in love” with him and when he later died, she described the moment as “the biggest blow of my life”.
Describing the moment she confronted the future king about his relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles, she said that Prince Charles told her he refused “to be the only Prince of Wales who never had a mistress”.
She also claimed that the Duke of Edinburgh told his son that he could have an affair with Camilla if his marriage had failed after a set period.
“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,’” she said.
Diana also revealed that she approached the Queen, described as “the top lady”, for advice.
“I went to the top lady, sobbing,” she explains in the tape. “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, that was help,” she adds.
The footage was recorded by Mr Settelen, who helped the…