Too scared to speak out, Princess Diana feared she might never see her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, if she opened up about her split from their father, Prince Charles. According to Di’s friend James Colthurst, she was worried that she’d lose her boys to the royal “establishment” if she ever shared the details of her contentious divorce.
“She wanted to tell the world how ghastly things had been and how appalling,” James told People of Diana, who divorced Charles, now 68, in August 1996 — years after she discovered his affair with now-wife Camilla Parker Bowles. “She was worried she would be blamed and then sidelined, and then would lose her position as mom.”
Despite her concern, Diana eventually spilled the secrets of her tumultuous marriage with author Andrew Morton, who wrote the book Diana: Her True Story, released in 1992 — the same year that she and Charles officially separated.
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And in 1995, during an infamous BBC interview with journalist Martin Bashir, Diana dropped several truth bombs about her rocky romance with Charles. "There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded,” she said of her ex’s dalliances with Camilla, adding that the sadness she felt over the affair only exasperated her hidden battles with depression and bulimia. "It was a symptom of what was going on in my marriage," she said at the time.
The beloved late royal’s pal, James, will share more memories of Diana — who tragically died at age 36 in 1997 after a fatal Paris car crash — in ABC’s The Story of Diana, a two-part television event, premiering on Wednesday, Aug. 9 and Thursday, Aug. 10 at 9 p.m. EST.
We're sure the new documentary will just prove how brave Diana truly was.