- Sensational new details emerged in the press last night
about the video diary in which Princess Diana tearfully describes the lonely
despair of her loveless marriage.
- The video was uncovered by detectives investigating theft
allegations against former royal butler Paul Burrell during a raid at his
home two years ago. They were looking for evidence for his trial which
eventually ended with his aquittal.
- In the secret tape, made in the mid-1990s, Diana also
attacks the bizarre relationship between Prince Charles and his butler,
Michael Fawcett. And she tells of her yearning to run off with 'James'
and start a new life with him and her children. Though she doesn't give
his surname, the man is believed to be her one-time lover James Hewitt.
- The bombshell tape lay hidden for five years in the loft
of former butler Paul Burrell. In it, the Princess appears softly spoken
and sad one minute, while the next she is sobbing or raging against the
treatment she received at the hands of the Royal Family.
- Of her marriage she is understood to say: "I am
not loved. Charles just loves Charles and his position. I have tried to
love Charles but he loves someone else." She revealed that although
she and her husband lived together at that time, they had only a "father
and daughter" relationship.
- Dressed demurely in pink cardigan, white blouse and pearl
earrings, she claims Charles once told her that her only purpose was to
provide an heir to the throne.
- Although she does not name Camilla Parker Bowles, she
adds that she is sure Charles is doing "something with someone else"
because he is always so "disinterested" in their relationship.
After a tirade against the fawning royal servants, she is understood to
say: "It's not an equal relationship. It's 100 per cent what Charles
says he gets, plus we don't even sleep together".
- She attributes much of the blame to Fawcett, who was
recently forced to quit his job in the royal gifts-for-sale scandel. She
says she can't come between them as there will be "eruptions".
And she complains that she and her husband can never talk like a normal
married couple because Fawcett is always there "next to Charles".
- The two men apparently spent many hours alone in Charle's
appartment at Highgrove. Refering to this, Diana adds: "If Fawcett
was a women I cuold see it, but what are you doing spending so much time
with Fawcett and neglecting your family?"
- Bemoaning her fate as a "prisoner in the House of
Windsor" she yearns for the "freedom and liberty" she enjoyed
as a single girl in London. It is here that she thought to refer to Hewitt.
She tells of wanting to make a new life in "a loving relationship"
with a man who can show he loves her. At one point she says she is feeling
more secure now than she has ever felt - this again is thought to be a
reference to Hewitt.
- She worries frquently about her sons and says Prince
William will make a better king than Charles will ever be. Then she says
she hopes William and Harry will have better lives than her "drab
- Finally she turns her wrath on other members of the Royal
Family. She claims the Queen doesn't like her, dismissing her as "dizzy".
Then, her anger mounting, she adds: "As for Philip. I am sure he is
short of a picnic (sic). I wonder if he doesn't have Alzheimer's, you just
can't get through to him. Is this how Charles will turn out?"
- At the end of the tape a male voice in the background
says "that's enough" and the tape ends.