Tapes secretly recorded by Diana, Princess of Wales, detailing the breakdown of her marriage to the Prince of Wales are to be shown for the first time on television, it emerged today.
The Princess speaks of Charles’s affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, her struggle with bulimia, suicide attempts, and her relationships with other members of the Royal family, said US television network NBC.
The network said it had bought the rights to the audio and video tapes, which show her “laughing and interacting” with Princes William and Harry.
The recordings also feature interviews with some of Diana’s closest friends and confidantes.
The hour of video and about seven hours of audio tapes were the main source for Andrew Morton’s 1992 best seller, Diana: Her True Story.
The audio tapes were understood to have been secretly recorded at Kensington Palace, in response to written questions submitted by Morton.
NBC said the video footage was taken by a “professional” associate of Diana between September 1992 and December 1993, at a time when her marriage to the Prince was in turmoil.
A spokeswoman said the footage showed a “relaxed, candid Diana at times laughing and interacting with her young sons, illustrating the lighter side of a woman who maintained a very reserved public persona”.
The marriage came to an end in July 1996.
The Princess denied speaking to Morton when he was working on the book.
But after her death in a Paris car crash in 1997 he said she had collaborated with him.
NBC did not disclose exactly how it acquired rights to the tapes.
The two-part special will air in the United States on March 4 and 11.
The news comes after the Royal Coroner recently ordered a fresh investigation into the Princess’s death.