One of Princess Diana's closest friends is calling on Channel 4 to cancel a documentary marking the 20th anniversary of Diana's death which uses private video tapes in which she discusses her sex life with Prince Charles.
Rosa Monckton will write to the channel to say that a series of confessional videos that Diana made during a speech coaching course amount to therapy, and that using them would be an "intrusion" and "outrage" against Diana's right to privacy.
Diana's brother, Earl Spencer, has also reportedly demanded that the programme be dropped as it would hurt Prince William and Prince Harry, however Channel 4 has said that the recordings were "an important historical source".
The video tapes, recorded at Kensington Palace in 1993, are highly controversial because they were recorded in private encounters with her public speaking coach, Peter Settelen and feature Diana's thoughts on the royal family and her life and romances.
“This doesn’t belong in the public domain,” Monckton told the . “It is a betrayal of her privacy and of the family’s privacy. I certainly don’t think they should be broadcast. The [tapes] should be dispatched to the young princes.”
She added: “It was like therapy, what she was doing. I was around at that time. It was very wrong of him to ask all those leading questions and it was naive of her to have agreed to do it, but nonetheless it was like a therapy and therapy should remain private.”
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The tapes were discovered in 2001 during a police raid on the home of Paul Burrell, the former royal butler who has since made a living from his connection to the Princess.
Diana's family tried to make a legal claim on the tapes, but they were returned to Settelen three years later. They have since been shown in part in America, and were due to be part of a BBC documentary marking 10 years since her death, until an MP called for a ban on broadcasting the tapes while Princes William and Harry were alive.
The ban , but the programme was pulled from schedules despite having cost more than £100,000 to make.
Prince William and Prince Harry have not commented on the documentary.
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