| Wednesday, December 01, 2004
| PRINCESS DI TAPES OFFER NEW DETAILS ON ROYAL SCANDAL
|The tapes, which were aired on NBC, were made in 1992.
PRINCESS DIANA believed that one of her lovers was "bumped off". according to tape broadcast for the first time in the United States.
NBC aquired tapes made in 1992 by Peter Settelen, who worked with the Princess to improve he public speaking. Excerpts of Monday's scheduled (29Nov)broadcast were released in advance by the network.
DIANA speaks on the tape about Barry Mannakee, a policeman who was assigned to protect her. Reports that Diana had an affair with Mannakee surfaced in Britain in 1998.
'GREATEST FELLA I'VE HAD'
"It was all found out and he was chucked out. And then he was killed." Diana says on the tape. "And I think he was bumped off. But , um, there we are. I don't...we'll never know. He was greatest fella I've ever had."
Mannakee died in a motorcycle accident in 1987, after being transferred from his post as Diana's guard.
Settelen won a court judgement earlier this year to regain the tapes, which had also been claimed by Diana's brothers and sisters. Diana died in a Paris car crash in 1997
London Metropolitan Police had been holding the tapes, which were made in the early 1990's and seized along with other items in a 2011 raid on home of Diana's former butler Paul Burrell.
Excerpts from the tapes add little to the public's knowledge of Diana's progression from shy young bride to disillusioned wife to vengeful ex-wife, but they do add some fresh quotations to embroider well known stories.
AN ENCOUNTER WITH THE PRINCE
She tells of an early meeting with Prince Charles.
"I said, "It's pathetic watching you walking up the aisle at St, Paul's cathedral with Charles Uncle Lord Mountbatten coffin in front."
"I said, you know, "It's ghastly; You need someone beside you. Ugh!! Wrong word. Whereupon be leapt upon me and started kissing me and everything. And I thought, "Waaah!"
"You know, this isn't what people do. And he was all over me for the rest of the evening. Followed me around, every thing. A puppy, And um, yeah I was flattered, but I was very puzzled."
'CHARLES IS HOPELESS'
She also told of running to Queen Elizabeth II after she became convinced that Charles had resumed his romance with Camilla Parker Bowles.
"I went to the top lady and I'm sobbing. And I said. "what do I do"? The queen said, "I don't know--- Charles is hopeless!".
(abstracted from CHISUNTIMES/ASSOCIATED PRESS)
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