Princess Diana is reported to have described her wedding as “the worst day of my life” in explosive new video tapes set to be screened to mark the 20th anniversary of her death in a car accident in Paris in August 1997.
The previously unseen footage, which shows the Princess talking to her friend and voice coach, Peter Settelen, forms the basis of a new Channel 4 documentary about her life. They were recorded during several sessions at Kensington Palace in 1992 and 1993.
“He’d ring me up every day for a week and then he wouldn’t speak to me for three weeks,” she said. “Very odd.”
“And the thrill when he used to ring up was so immense and intense.”
Discussing her sex life with the Prince, she said there was “never a requirement for it from him” – something she believed was a result of his affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, who he later married.
“Once every three weeks about and I kept thinking it followed a pattern”, she said.
“He used to see his lady once every three weeks before we got married.”
She later said her wedding was the “worst day of my life” and added: “If I could write my own script I would have my husband go away with his woman and never come back.”
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Mr Settelen has now sold the rights to the footage, which was filmed during lessons he gave Princess Diana in order to help improve her public speaking. It was never intended to be broadcast, and the Princess used the sessions to talk openly about her love life and marriage to Prince Charles.
The tapes were the subject of a lengthy dispute between Mr Settelen and Princess Diana’s family but were eventually returned to the voice coach after being discovered by police in a raid on the house of Paul Burrell, the Princess’s former butler, in 2001.