Sunday Night to air Diana: The Secret Tapes
Controversial Diana doco airs in a two hour Sunday Night special this weekend.
Controversial UK doco Diana: The Secret Tapes airs in a two hour Sunday Night special this weekend.
The Channel 4 special attracted criticism in Britain because it draws upon video recordings made during speech lessons with voice coach Peter Settelen.
In the UK this was titled as Diana: In Her Own Words (not to be confused with another of the same name that recently aired on National Geographic.
An unguarded Diana speaks candidly about many topics including the Queen, Prince Charles; their marriage and his affair with Camilla, and her lovers.
By 1992 the Princess’ marriage to Charles was in trouble and sparked her illicit cooperation with Andrew Morton on his 1993 book release ‘Diana: Her true story’. Diana’s appearance on BBC TV’s Panorama followed in 1995, which led directly to her divorce from Charles.
Between these two dates Diana spent several months secretly learning how to deliver speeches – what her story would be and how to present herself. These sessions with her speech coach were central to Diana’s transformation from, in her words, ‘a fat podgy Sloane’ to arguably the most famous woman in the world at the time of her death in 1997.
These sessions were filmed on an amateur video camera and capture the only known unmediated footage of Diana. In this footage, the Princess is lively, mischievous, humorous and enormously charming – a glimpse of the private Diana.
Those who knew Diana personally are interviewed for Diana – The Secret Tapes. Anne Allan, who worked with Diana as her dance teacher for nearly a decade; Dr James Coulthurst, who knew Diana before she married Charles, and maintained their relationship up until her death; Ken Wharfe, her former personal bodyguard; and Patrick Jephson who for almost a decade looked after her official business.
Sunday, August 27 at 8.00pm on Seven.