(3 Aug 2017) INSIGHTS INTO PRINCESS DIANA'S LIFE BEHIND CLOSED PALACE DOORS FROM HER FORMER BODYGUARD KEN WHARFE
Former royal bodyguard Ken Wharfe says his time working for the late Princess Diana was an enjoyable, if sometimes challenging role.
Wharfe worked for the Princess between 1986 and 1994.
Speaking fondly of the princess, he recalls how she would sometimes slip away from his protection.
"It was a challenge, yeah, we had the slip occasionally, it wasn't deliberate, maybe sometimes it was, maybe in a fit of pique, maybe she did get fed up with me or maybe had a point to make, but that's part and parcel of the job which I enjoyed," he says.
"I was very lucky to travel with her for eight years around the world in some extraordinary places, but that's one thing. What admired me more about Diana wasn't that, was the way that she seriously attracted herself to those that really wanted her to do something and she did come back to the office and did make something work and was genuinely interested, this wasn't a job of work just to tick the box, oh I've been to that charity, she made things work, made people feel special."
Wharfe is a contributor to documentary, "Diana: In Her Own Words," providing commentary on recordings of the late Princess made by voice coach Peter Settelen at Diana's Kensington Palace residence in 1992 and 1993, just after Diana and Charles separated.
The tapes were made to help Diana practice public speaking as she struck out on her own, and feature the late princess candidly discussing her personal life, commenting on their sex life, her fury at her husband's mistress and her love for another man.
Diana Spencer married Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, in 1981 and the couple had two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry. They separated in 1992 and divorced in 1996, the year before Diana died in a car crash in Paris, aged 36.
Charles married his longtime paramour Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005.
In the recordings, Diana also describes confronting her husband and Parker Bowles at a party - a moment Wharfe says marked "the real beginning of the end" of the royal marriage.
"She realized there was no chance of reconciliation," he said. "There was only one direction, and that was divorce."
"This was the occasion of Camilla's sister's birthday and she and the Prince of Wales went to this party, which to me was slightly surprising, because Diana must have known this was going to be a difficult one, knowing that Camilla would be there, but that wasn't for me to say, I did my bit," he recalls.
"We eventually confronted Charles and Camilla, who were sat on a sofa talking somewhere else in the house. Diana, remarkably calm, said to Camilla, 'Look, don't treat me like an idiot, I know what's going on' and at that point, Camilla said something really strange, which I said in the film, never really understood it, she said 'It's ok for you, you've got two wonderful boys'. Now I knew at this particular point, any chance of any reconciliation here was seriously out of the question and as I say in the film, this was then the real beginning of the end."
Wharfe - who has a new book coming out on his time with the princess - says the documentary is a valuable reminder of Diana's role in "the reshaping of the monarchy."
Her death unleashed a public outpouring of grief in Britain and around the world. The royal family, whose stoic reserve suddenly seemed out of touch, has since softened its stiff upper lip.
William and Harry both campaign for more open discussion of mental health, and have spoken of their own struggles after their mother's death.
"They are picking up exactly where their mother left off," Wharfe said
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You would-think Charles would know better taking advantage of the young Diana this will be in the history books I miss her hard work loving her boys
How sad for her boys They will keep her memory alive 🌹❤️
Diana grew from naive to mature to shrewd. It was an unanticipated move no one in the royal circles thought possible or acceptable, stuck in their rigid tradition. However, Diana was fighting a lost cause, fighting for Charles heart...and she had lost to Camilla whom Charles married after Diana's murder via car accident. The story is spun in each royal generation, each with its own twists and turns. It is the never ending story of the powerful, maintaining power over the many, one way or another.
Why would Camilla have said something like to Diana? It makes no sense that she brought up Diana and Charles son's when she asked about her cheating with Charles! Did she mean, since I took your husband you're fortunate I left you have your son's?
I agree. Will he be king and Camilla, Queen? That is more disgusting from the Queen whose late uncle relinguished his Kingship because of a divorced woman. Is there a new law about this? Will Charles make his adultorous Camilla be his queen?
I LOVEEE THIS MAN.....HE SHOULD WRITE A BOOK WE WOULD ACTUALLY LOVE TO READ....NOT LIKE THOSE OF HER BETRAYERS.......MISS U AND ADMIRE U PRINCESS DI....& ALWAYS LOVELY SAINT MOTHER TERESA :) ......See u in Heaven with Gods Grace!
Thank you, Ken, for defending Diana's legacy spoken by Diana in her historical tapes...Diana had no one to defend her in the royal family and that is what was really shocking to the whole world...if they had only seen her point about what she was sincerely all about, their popularity would have soared, but their jealousy is what destroyed them at that time...she left two exceptional boys and thus, saving the dynasty...Camilla did not saved the monarchy, she rescued Charles, the mouse who lets his 135 mouthpieces do all his talking, which if controversial, all he has to do is deny what somebody said in his name...just like what they both did with Penny Junor when her book on the gossip from the Camilla - the untold story - and accused Diana of being mentally ill...Camilla was the dysfunctional one along with Charles.
They will not just stand on ceremony , they will help people , privately and publicly . I wish Charles would step down because he has secrets that would topple monarchy. I think Harry is much harder worker than William but has to hold back a bit or else it looks like he is trying to upstage his brother. It will be same for Harry's wife. Kate is not a hard worker and if Harry marries a worker it may cause friction because media will compare their work record constantly.
Cornwall 58 Exactly,he is a Narcissist, all the signs point to it. He never cared about her. Happened to me with my Narcissist, he couldn't manipulate me. I caused him Narcissistic Injury. Top of that, I am an Empath so I didn't buy his Bullshit.
Wonder why the queen didn't kick Charles ass when he started his affair with horseface? Diana was an exquisite wife and mother and would have made a fabulous royal for the entire family. If Charles had been my son, I would have offered up some slim choices for that boy. Every time I see that horse faced thing on his arm, I waive him aside. He failed a no-brainer test. He would never ever be considered for the King position. I know of Harry's skeleton's, however, he would make the best king of all. He is turning into the very best guy in the monarchy. He is just the salt of the earth who stands up to those who would tell him how to live and who to date. He's the guy next door who helps you move the sofa away from the wall so you can vacuum behind it. Then, you have great conversation over tea. A lovely young man...
@Shanti Jaganathan- Since it is most evident that you are not God, and you don't know what's in anyone heart, nor do you have a clue just how wicked and evil your own heart is.
And since you are most handsome in your ignorance, I think it both best and safest to leave you as you are.
Claudine Toler The Queen did nothing, because that is how the upper class of British people live, and accept it. Diana was supposed to accept Camilla, and Kanga, and Janet Jenkins ( his other two mistresses, all three were present at his wedding to Diana), keep her mouth shut, have a lover of her own, and keep up with the appearances. Diana could not do it. Camilla's husband knew what was going on. As did Lady Kanga's husband. Both close friends of Charles. To them it was an honor that the Prince of Wales was sleeping with their wives. Half of the current Royal marriages are a farce. The British media know that, as do the upper class people, no one is allowed to talk about it, and the media are silenced. A hypocrisy at the large scale. The late nasty Queen Mum, used to allow Camilla and Charles to use her residences for their meetings. Camilla had sent Lady Kanga packing, and Elizabeth Buchanan. Elizabeth was another lover of Charles, as was Sue Townsend. According to Janet Jenkins, she and Charles had cheated on both Diana and Camilla for 21 years. Janet has a son with Charles, he is only few months younger than Harry, and is a spitting image of Charles and William. The British media are not allowed to mention either the mother, or the son. I have a photo of him, featured in the North American newspapers, when Janet gave her interviews to them, a few years ago.
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