By Nasibu Mahinya
Friends and family members of the late Princess Diana are against a British TV network's intention to broadcasting tape recordings of the Princess discussing her marriage and sex life 25 years ago.
The tapes are programmed to air this Sunday on Channel 4, Diana's brother, Earl Spencer has asked the channel not to broadcast the tapes in fear of the distress that may cause to her sons, Princes William and Harry but Channel 4 are holding that the tapes offer an important contribution to the historical record.
The recordings were recorded at a speech coaching programme that turned into therapy at Kensington Palace in London with her speech coach Peter Settelen, where she discussed her failed marriage with her then Husband, Prince Charles, his affair with Camilla Parker Bowles and her love for her bodyguard.
Diana, who was the Princess of Wales revealed in the tapes that her then-husband, Prince Charles told her, "I refuse to be the only Prince of Wales who never had a mistress."
The tapes tell more that the couple had sex once every three weeks but that their sex life had been miserable long before the tapes were recorded.
"So I went to the top lady, sobbing, and I said, 'What do I do? I'm coming to you, what do I do?'” Diana talked to Queen Elizabeth II about it and the Queen replied, "I don't know what you should do. Charles is hopeless.”
Author of ‘Diana: The Last Words’, Ms. Ingrid Seward who last spoke to Diana just weeks before her death in 1997, said, “This is using Diana to make money and that is what killed her in the end”.
Princess Diana died at a road accident in Paris, France on 31st August 1997. The private tapes were first aired on U.S. TV in 2004.