COLTHURST:  Yes, she was. According to the author, the interviews were done through an intermediary. COLTHURST:  I don‘t know. Who was there for her? Now, twenty-five years on, biographer Andrew Morton has revisited the secret tapes he and the late princess made to reveal startling new insights into her life and mind. In 1992, The Sun publicly revealed the tapes' existence in an article titled "Squidgygate", which is a reference to the Watergate scandal of the early 1970s. Before and after the book. Traduction : Edith Ochs, Marie-Claude Elsen. So she was expecting a few knocks, and she received them. They married on July 29, that same year in St Paul’s Cathedral. Your name is James Colthurst, but you sort of acted like James Bond in all of this. Dr. James Colthurst, a long-time friend of Princess Diana recorded these secret tapes for Diana, and then smuggled them out of Kensington Palace. airs weeknights, 9 p.m. You have to remember that the process of creating the book had been spread over many months. So I said, “yes, OK.”  I laughed. Squidgygate or Dianagate refers to the pre-1990 telephone conversations between Diana, Princess of Wales and a close friend, James Gilbey (heir to Gilbey's Gin) which were published by The Sun newspaper.. And I think she felt more sympathetic that she‘d have her view properly portrayed by somebody who was younger and therefore possibly more understanding of her generation. “My husband [Prince Charles] put his hand on my waistline and said: ‘Oh, a bit chubby here, aren’t we?’ and that triggered off something in me. And I think she wanted to paint the full picture of sort of her roots right through to the present day as it was then, of who she was as a person. It was 25 years ago when the writer published "Diana: Her True Story," a book that exposed the princess’s detailed accounts of her rocky marriage to Prince Charles, along with her struggle with bulimia and her suicide attempts. Picture: SuppliedSource:News Corp Australia. She claimed his comment, and the stress of knowing about his affair with Camilla, had led to her eating disorder. And that wasn‘t going to be possible in a newspaper. Picture: GettySource:Supplied. Find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out. It was treated close to leprosy in the early days. I think it certainly raised a sense of a lady who was determined to do things and made them happen. Join the conversation, you are commenting as, news.com.au — Australia’s leading news site. Broché. I mean, the work she did has, in my view, has to be admired. But he was kind of a young guy. The tapes, recorded in 1991, have been used in Andrew Morton's republished biography of Diana. COLTHURST:  We had a lot of lunches, yes, over many months. Morton’s book, Diana: Her True Story — in Her Own Words, is being republished later this month with a new foreword from Morton, in time for the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death in August. On her marriageNORVILLE:  There‘s one tape where you presented the questions to Diana, and she was talking about how hesitant she was at the beginning of her relationship with the Prince of Wales and really how dumbfounded she was the day he proposed. And also with land mines, which was an extremely sensitive political area. And I don‘t think that—I don‘t think that ever stopped, really. And really that was a decision that she gradually came to over some months. Diana's legacyNORVILLE:  With the release of these tapes, Sarah Ferguson spoke earlier this week about it. DIANA:  The whole world were focusing on me. A unique literary classic, Diana: Her True Story is the closest we will ever come to her autobiography. MORE details have emerged of how unhappy Diana was in her marriage to Charles, and her knowledge of his affair in secretly recorded tapes. In secret tapes recorded for biographer Andrew Morton, which became the book Diana: Her True Story, Diana claims her struggle began a week after she … I mean, he had a fairly heavy workload, too. COLTHURST:  It‘s difficult dealing with possibles, but I think I can only say that she was a lady who had tremendous charisma from the beginning. COLTHURST:  I don‘t think it does. And yes, indeed she changed her life. In this fully revised edition of his groundbreaking biography, Morton considers Diana’s legacy and her relevance to the modern royal family. So I think it was a gradual realization by her that she needed to have some control over what was said and so on. Did you talk more about that with her? I don‘t think they understood that side of it. COLTHURST:  I think she was a bit startled those first two or three days. NORVILLE:  So you guys had a lot of lunches? The Princess and Prince of Wales, Diana and Charles, wave from their carriage on their wedding day. Very strongly. I hadn‘t actually done anything specific like climb Mt. A NOTE ABOUT RELEVANT ADVERTISING: We collect information about the content (including ads) you use across this site and use it to make both advertising and content more relevant to you on our network and other sites. Sign up, Join the conversation, you are commenting as Logout. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales with his fiance Lady Diana Spencer during a photocall before their wedding while staying at Craigowan Lodge on the Balmoral Estate in Scotland. NORVILLE:  She had bulimia as early as on her honeymoon. And I think that was completely unexpected. Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, with their baby son, Prince William in 1982. Andrew Morton (Photo: Ken Lennox) When you first heard the Diana tapes, what was your initial reaction? It was really rather not so James Bond. Andrew Morton. What was her motivation in recording these statements and getting them to Andrew Morton for the publication of the book? The most famous biography of Diana is also the most controversial. So in a way, she was inevitably going to end up somewhere in a role where that charisma could shine. In this fully revised edition of his groundbreaking biography, Morton considers Diana's legacy and her relevance to the modern royal family. In this fully revised edition of his groundbreaking biography, Morton considers Diana’s legacy and her relevance to the modern royal family. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser. In this fully revised edition of his groundbreaking biography, Morton considers Diana’s legacy and her relevance to the modern royal family. How did the princess feel about the book? We now know that Andrew Morton's Diana, Her True Story was based on the Princess's own words. Put me on high doses of Valium and everything else.”. It wasn‘t my decision for these tapes to come out. The tapes were used to help Morton write the biography, "Diana: Her True Story" (1992), with the understanding that her involvement would be kept a … ET on MSNBC. Did you and the other friends of the princess notice that she was having these problems? They were sort of more about her appearance and so on, and lifestyle books. I mean, she rang up a lot of times. And partly, as she admitted later to me, partly so that people wouldn‘t notice. And on our honeymoon we have our white-tie dinner for President Sadat, cuff links arrive on his wrist, two “C‘s” entwined like the Chanel “C.”COLTHURST:  Oh, right.DIANA:  Got it in one, knew exactly. COLTHURST:  I think it would be hard to say it didn‘t. NORVILLE:  And finally, what do you think would have become of Lady Diana Spencer, had she not met and married the Prince of Wales? You know, the first couple of days were pretty hard, and then gradually, you know, as the pattern began to open up, the most support I could give and really explain, really, what the process was. I think that took everyone by surprise. In this fully revised edition of his groundbreaking biography, Morton considers Diana’s legacy and her relevance to the modern royal family. NORVILLE:  And what kind of support did she have? But because she felt she was being attacked somewhat unfairly for stating the truth. NORVILLE:  Just as matter-of-factly as that. And I think the good side was that this tracked somebody in a process of emerging from the chrysalis. NORVILLE:  Did the publication of the book, and knowing it wouldn‘t have happened if she hadn‘t vetted it and made in occur, in some way free her to become the media icon and the strong woman for the causes that she espoused? Andrew Morton has become something of a scapegoat for the flood of exploitation and bad taste that has appeared in the seven weeks since Princess Diana's death. I mean, she was patron of many organizations. She might be here today saying well, that was then but now I‘ve changed my life. Every day I was in the front page of the papers. Don't have an account? NORVILLE:  Is she‘d had the support structure, if the workload hadn‘t been as enormous as it was for a young mother, and if, as she said in the televised interview she gave, if there hadn‘t been a third person in the marriage. So I like to look for the good side in what happened. So when it came out, in a way, she had already had a lot of criticism and stuff had she been involved, had she not been involved and so on. Andrew Morton's tell-all Diana biography, Diana: Her True Story—In Her Own Words, was published in 1992, featuring interviews with the princess herself that she smuggled out on tapes via an intermediary, her friend James Colthurst. Now, twenty-five years on, biographer Andrew Morton has revisited the secret tapes he and the late princess made to reveal startling new insights into her life and mind. NORVILLE:  Are you happy about it? And then a number of friends slowly but surely began to get back in touch with her. So, yes, I think, you know. Thank you for sharing with us your role in this extraordinary story. We now know that Andrew Morton's Diana, Her True Story was based on the Princess's own words. NORVILLE:  And then it was some time after that, quite a few years actually, before these tapes were made. I‘ll say that first. Than somebody older. It‘s a real cloak and dagger story as to how you got the questions from Andrew Morton and got them into the palace to Princess Diana. Did anybody step up and say, “You look like heck, you look like you need some help, what can we do for you?”. The Diana Tapes: Diana’s Heartbreaking Recordings on Camilla and Bulimia In her own words Twenty-five years ago, Princess Diana secretly recorded a series of tapes for journalist Andrew Morton. Following her honeymoon with Prince Charles, the couple stayed at Balmoral. DIANA:  The bulimia was appalling. And I think a lot of people could identify with that. Picture: AFPSource:AFP. SARAH FERGUSON, DUCHESS OF YORK:  Why are we continually trying to pull her down or trying to make a story when quite frankly that was a long time ago. And I thought this was just so appalling. Diana’s biographer, Andrew Morton, revealed to the Mail Online that she contacted him through a friend to offer him an interview with her for his controversial book on the royal couple. Tonight, Morton – the man entrusted with Diana's life story, is revealing all to reporter Liz Hayes. And people just followed her. You know, she had quite a lot of attacks from there. Absolutely appalling. Clips of these tapes were obtained exclusively by NBC, in which Diana talks about everything from her battle of bulimia, dealing with Charles‘ ongoing affair with long-time companion Camilla Parker-Bowles, and her suicide attempts. In this fully revised edition of his groundbreaking biography, Morton considers Diana’s legacy and her relevance to the modern royal family. Lorsque la première édition de cette biographie parut en 1992, le public ignorait à quel point la princesse de Galles s’était impliquée dans sa rédaction. That changed when she went on the record in this book, secretly recording herself on tapes brought to Andrew Morton through a go-between. But he was 19 then; that‘s a young age to enter that kind of a situation. Meghan Markle, Prince Harry plan return to UK to get extensi... Best movies of 2020: Strong contenders in a crazy year, Kate Winslet reveals the Titanic scene that still haunts her. I think various  experts had been hauled in. She just entertained and warmed people up. Her diary was jammed. It rained and rained and rained. I remember thinking this is a joke. But I think a growing level of frustration in her life, and she was attempting to explode news, which I don‘t think it would have been very helpful for her to suddenly release the story to a newspaper in an explosive fashion. It came after Harry bravely told how he came close to a breakdown, spiralled into “total chaos” and ended up seeking counselling after “shutting down all my emotions” for nearly two decades. Diana also said she tried to cut her wrists just weeks after her wedding, The Sun reports. … Now, 25 years on, biographer Andrew Morton has revisited the secret tapes he and the late princess made to reveal startling new insights into her life and mind. COLTHURST:  James is coming to lunch. And I should think the workload had a lot to do with it. 4,5 sur 5 étoiles 2 691. And I think to look at it from that point of view, here was someone who was down. Despite the limitations of audio (there wasn't room in the basket for video equipment), these tapes, which formed the basis for the Andrew Morton book, turn out to be more eloquent than either the later TV interviews with Martin Bashir or the speech training that she received from a media coach, both featured here as well. NORVILLE:  Total jealousy. IE 11 is not supported. Broché. In the book, Morton shone light on the various issues that strained things between Diana … On the bulimiaNORVILLE: She talked about during their honeymoon, when they were on their cruise, honeymoon vacation, she was suffering terrible bouts of bulimia. And we sort of kept in touch for a while after that, really, until she got married. COLTHURST:  I think it was partly the result of the frustration she felt and the kind of anger she felt. But in a way, she also shut herself away from some of the other friends. I‘m afraid I hadn‘t read any of them, so I wasn‘t able to referee those. We now know that Andrew Morton's Diana, Her True Story was based on the Princess's own words. COLTHURST:  It was called the quiet years after the marriage started, I think, when she tried to find her feet and things weren‘t maybe going so well. And so on. An icon in life and a legend in death, Diana continues to fascinate and now, more than twenty-five years on, Andrew Morton has revisited the secret tapes he and the late princess made, to reveal startling new insights into her life and mind. And then the tape recorder back in the briefcase and out again. NORVILLE:  I‘m curious to hear your opinion of how she felt about the scrutiny that she was ultimately able to deal with and manipulate that her two sons are now under, William and Harry. NORVILLE:  And did she have any regrets about it? Picture: APSource:News Corp Australia, “Eventually, I worked it all out and found the proof of the pudding, and people were willing to talk to me.”. Now, twenty-five years on, biographer Andrew Morton has revisited the secret tapes he and the late princess made to reveal startling new insights into her life and mind. NORVILLE:  But there must have been some sort of cover story. Was she in love with her husband? In this fully revised edition of his groundbreaking biography, Morton considers Diana’s legacy and her relevance to the modern royal family. Now, twenty-five years on, biographer Andrew Morton has revisited the secret tapes he and the late princess made to reveal startling new insights into her life and mind. There was a kind of aura around her. I think it was much simpler than people imagine. 22,00 € Diana: Her True Story - In Her Own Words: The Sunday Times Number-One Bestseller. How did she do that? COLTHURST:  I think she was extremely aware of the lifestyle that might be involved. NORVILLE:  So did she come up with the idea of doing a book? An icon in life and a legend in death, Diana continues to fascinate. Of course, at that stage also, it wasn‘t known the extent to which she had, you know, created the book. COLTHURST:  That‘s right. According to the new foreword, which was excerpted by People, Princess Diana wanted to make sure the British public heard her side of the story. Andrew Morton. 4,4 sur 5 étoiles 87. Secret tapes recorded by Princess Diana in Kensington Palace in 1991 were later used by Andrew Morton to write the book “Diana: Her true story.”. They chatted about him looking lonely at his great-uncle’s funeral — who had been killed by an IRA bomb in August 1979. She also allowed her closest confidantes to talk to Morton for the book. NORVILLE:  Do you think the publication of these tapes in any way pulls the Princess of Wales or her memory down? I think there‘s been a fair bit of interest from the press and the media and so on, but, you know, I don‘t think Buckingham Palace are likely to get in touch. LONDON: Diana was so unhappy in the few weeks after her fairy-tale wedding with Prince Charles that she tried to slash her wrists, according to the transcripts of secret tapes of the popular princess. Diana in the tapes tells how life became a misery after life in Balmoral during their honeymoon. ... Much of what we know about how Diana saw herself comes from those tapes, as well as from Andrew Morton… I think that‘s the extraordinary lady she was. NORVILLE:  Dr. James Colthurst, even years after her death, Princess Diana continues to fascinate. I remember when she came to open a new scanner in the hospital I was working in. Diana recalled feeling like "the luckiest girl in the world" to be marrying a man whom she loved so much, according to her biographer, Andrew Morton, in his book "Diana… And he was deadly serious. DIANA:  So he said, “Will you marry me?”  And I laughed. And the book really was a tell-all—Tina Brown called it "a Molotov cocktail hurled at the House of Windsor" in The Diana Chronicles. Now, twenty-five years on, biographer Andrew Morton has revisited the secret tapes he and the late princess made to reveal startling new insights into her life and mind. Colthurst and Diana recorded tapes in which Diana openly spoke of her troubled marriage. And I think, you know, I have to admire her completely for taking on areas which were so unpopular and making them come good. She said she also suffered a bad fit of bulimia that night. These never-before heard tapes provide the very first look inside Diana‘s life in her own words. Were you anticipating the wave of criticism that … And that had actually led to quite a build-up, you know, for her and others. I was so thrilled because I thought this was the release of tension,” she said. Andrew Morton presents his book 'Ladies of Spain' at the Petite Palace President Castellana Hotel on March 15, 2013 in Madrid, Spain. COLTHURST:  He had exactly that. And you know what? But I think it was actually the situation that she was faced with. Did they suspect that she‘d been dictating this at her lunches with friends? That was it. Did you keep up the acquaintance all those years? Jennifer Aniston COVID Christmas ornament blunder angers fan... How Chris and Liam Hemsworth swapped Hollywood for Byron Bay. Did they suspect you? Diana’s biographer, Andrew Morton, revealed to the Mail Online that she contacted him through a friend to offer him an interview with her for his controversial book on the royal couple. I think there was a need to have a strategy around her, a little bit of a support group that could help move it. LARRY KING, HOST: Tonight: The late Princess Diana, revealing how her fairy-tale marriage became a nightmare, with secret audio and videotapes made with Andrew Morton, author of the best-seller "Diana: Her True Story." For help with emotional difficulties, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or www.lifeline.org.au, To join the conversation, please Log in. PRINCESS Diana revealed her sadness about her marriage to Prince Charles, his affair with Camilla and how she developed bulimia in secretly recorded tapes finally revealed. In the early 1990s, Diana was one of the most famous women in the world, but unable to speak her mind. But he had done some books on her, and she felt they were sympathetic, although they were quite lightweight in the subject matter. Then she understood why she was coming under attack quite so much. NORVILLE:  And Andrew Morton was selected by the Princess of Wales as being the person who might be most sympathetic to her situation, is that correct? I think it would have been a great deal easier for her to take if she had actually had the support structure around her. Diana racontée par elle-même. Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, later the Princess of Wales as they pose following the announcement of their engagement. In transcripts of the interview conducted by Morton in 1991, Diana claimed her bulimia started after Charles made a comment about her being “a bit chubby”. Andrew Morton is issuing a new edition of his blockbuster biography, DIANA: ... deliver the tapes to Morton by bicycle. Princess Diana herself was the principal source for that explosive 1992 book by Andrew Morton -- it was part of her strategy to reshape the public's opinion of her and her life. COLTHURST:  We talked a lot about many aspects of her life, both that and other ones. Diana in the tapes tells how life became a misery after life in Balmoral during their honeymoon. She said: “I was so depressed, and I was trying to cut my wrists with razor blades. Now, twenty-five years on, biographer Andrew Morton has revisited the secret tapes he and the late princess made to reveal startling new insights into her life and mind. The Diana Tapes will centre on how journalist Andrew Morton obtained the secret tape recordings from the late Princess of Wales, before they were published in Morton's 1992 book Diana… So the support structure was expecting that, because he‘d been doing that for awhile. DIANA:  We were opening our diaries to discuss various things; out comes two pictures of Camilla. Diana: Her True Story--in Her Own Words by Andrew Morton ... Emma Corrin wearing a recreation of Diana's wedding dress in The Crown “I knew [Camilla] was there, of course. An icon in life and a legend in death, Diana continues to fascinate. In this fully revised edition of his groundbreaking biography, Morton considers Diana's legacy and her relevance to the modern royal family. It was called DIANA-Her True Story. She had enormous demand. But I think it also covered an aspect that she talked about very often, of not feeling very well understood. NORVILLE:  The fact that she became such a mega media figure? NORVILLE:  Did the people in the palace have any idea how this all came together? I think that‘s covered by the story. In an exclusive interview from London, he talked to MSNBC’s Deborah Norville about these tapes. You know, not a particularly happy situation at home, but with this massive workload. Now, 25 years on, biographer Andrew Morton has revisited the secret tapes he and the late princess made to reveal startling new insights into her life and mind. It was almost every minute of every day was occupied with some function or other. DR. JAMES COLTHURST, LONG-TIME FRIEND AND CONFIDANT OF PRINCESS DIANA'S:  I first met her on a skiing trip when she was about 17. “I came down early (to London) to seek treatment, not because I hated Balmoral, but because I was in such a bad way.” She added: “All the analysts and psychiatrists you could ever dream of came plodding in trying to sort me out. 4,3 sur 5 étoiles 13. P&p is free on orders over £15. I think the work with the HIV, which was then a very much shunned area. And I think that led to her gaining a lot of support from many people. “The bulimia started the week after we got engaged (and would take nearly a decade to overcome),” Diana had recorded herself saying. When Andrew Morton's book was released in 1992, the Princess denied any involvement, yet after her death in 1997, the author released a new version that included an 18,000-word transcript of their secret interview tapes, revealing that she had been the source of all its bombshells. She described herself then as being “podgy” and being loud — which she thought he liked. Frigid wasn’t the word. 11,67 € Confidences royales : Les révélations fracassantes du majordome de Lady Diana. NORVILLE:  Which is why I want to play this sound bite from an interview where she talked about how difficult it was being under the microscope very early on in her public life. In the tapes, Diana also described how Charles wooed her, The Sun reports. NORVILLE:  Do you think she was unaware of all the responsibility, as well as all the baggage that went with saying yes to a proposal from the Prince of Wales? Very tired. It was four times a day on the yacht. COLTHURST:  There were many discussions about her kind of position in it. NBC airs Diana's secret tapes on Thursday, 10 p.m. And sort of within the system, as she used to keep describing it. Honest and raw, this book forever changed how the world saw Diana, and the royal family. 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