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Diana fury: ‘Traumatised’ royal used bombshell BBC interview to ‘get own back’ on Charles

Princess Diana’s shocking Panorama interview was a direct rebuttal to Prince Charles’s own BBC sit-down, a former newspaper editor has claimed. Phil Hall reflected on the revelations that emerged from the broadcast, sharing insight with new Channel 4 documentary, ‘Diana: The Truth Behind the Interview’. The commentator described the tell-all as a way for the royal to “get her own back” on the Prince.

Mr Hall said: “It was a very traumatic time for Diana.

“Charles had done an interview with the BBC with Richard Dimbleby.

“He’d admitted that he’d betrayed Diana during their marriage.

“She was, for the first time, really feeling quite alone, I think.”

He continued: “She was, in effect, through a different channel, hitting out.

“This was interview was really her way of getting her own back on Charles.”

Sir Max Hastings, the now former editor of the Daily Telegraph, also confirmed that the royal’s negative feelings towards her ex-husband were strong.

He told Channel 4 of his meeting with Diana where they discussed a possible sit-down interview.


Sir Max said: “I spent the best part of a couple of hours with Diana. She put on a wonderful show, absolutely gripping stuff.

“It became clear, first of all, how much she hated Charles. Yes, she did hate Charles.

“When I asked if there were every happy times, she said the marriage was hell from day one.”

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He added: “I was amazed by the frankness and the directness with which she said that.

“She said all she cared about was William’s succession to the throne.

“She said to me, quite explicitly, ‘I don’t think Charles can do it’.”

The BBC is now facing accusations that the royal may have been manipulated in giving the interview.

The national broadcaster strenuously denies any of these suggestions.

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