Ahead of the release of an upcoming documentary about the Princess of Wales, King Charles’ comments about Prince Harry in Princess Diana’s tapes are making the rounds—and this might have made the chances of a reconciliation slimmer than ever.
On September 1, author Andrew Morton—who wrote Diana: Her True Story — In Her Words
about the late Princess of Wales—joined ABC’s Good Morning America to discuss the contents of never-before-heard tapes that were secretly recorded by Princess Diana in the early 1990s before her death. In the tapes, Diana made a shocking claim about her ex-husband. According to the princess, Charles admitted that he was “so disappointed” by the birth of their second son during a conversation with her mother, Frances Shand Kydd.
“At Harry’s christening, Charles went up to mummy and said: ‘We’re so disappointed, thought it would be a girl,’” Princess Diana shared in the previously unreleased tape. “Mummy snapped his head off and said, ‘You should realise how lucky you are to have a child that’s normal.’” Diana went on to add, “Ever since that day, the shutters have come down. That’s what he does when he gets somebody answering back at him.”
In the audio clips, the late princess also discussed her strained relationship with her stepmother, Raine Spencer, and recalled a conversation they had. “I was so angry. I said ‘I hate you so much. If you only knew how much we all hated you for what you’ve done. You ruined the house. You spent Daddy’s money. I have said everything I possibly could,” Diana shared. “Raine said, ‘You have no idea how much pain your mother put your father through.’”
Diana responded, “‘Pain, Raine? That’s one word you don’t even know how to relate to. In my job and in my role, I see people suffer like you’ve never seen. And you call that pain? I said, you’ve got a lot to learn.’ I remember really going for her gullet.”
The Princess of Wales also claimed that her siblings disliked their stepmother. They called her “Acid Raine,” and frequently sang “Raine, Raine, go away,” according to the tapes.
These clips from the tapes, along with other previously unheard details about Princess Diana’s life with the royal family, are expected to be included in a forthcoming documentary about the late princess premiering in 2024. There are approximately seven hours of audio tapes, which Diana secretly recorded for Morton while she was still married to King Charles (who was still prince at the time). Initially, Morton used the tapes to publish Diana: Her True Story
in 1992. The book included bombshell claims about the Princess of Wales’ strained relationship with Charles, her mental health struggles, and more. At the time, nobody knew that Diana was the source for the tell-all. But after her death in 1997, Morton revealed that Diana collaborated with him on the text, and re-released the book with the updated title Diana: Her True Story — In Her Words
Much of the contents of the Princess Diana tapes were also unveiled in 2017, when the documentary Diana: In Her Own Words aired on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom. “When the first film came out, people were blown away because they had not heard Diana talk like this before,” Tom Jennings, producer for the 2017 documentary and the upcoming film slated for next year, told ABC.
Jennings added, “It’s a style of storytelling that is very difficult to do, but I think it is the closest thing to the truth that you can get because nothing gets in your way. It is important as part of Diana’s legacy to allow more of those tapes to be heard.”
For more about Princess Diana, read Andrew Morton’s biography, Diana: Her True Story — In Her Words. The New York Times bestseller, which was first published in 1992, is the only authorized biography about Princess Diana. The book, which Diana collaborated on, includes raw and unfiltered quotes from the Princess of Wales about her unhappy marriage to Prince Charles, her relationship with Queen Elizabeth II, her life in the House of Windsor, and her hopes, dreams and fears for her children, Prince William and Prince Harry, before her death in 1997. The biography, which has been described as the “closest we will ever come” to a Princess Diana autobiography, was republished with new material in 2017 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the People’s Princess’s death.
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