ROLAND WHITE on last night's TV: Secret drops, tapes and a look of disdain for ...

ROLAND WHITE on last night's TV: Secret drops, tapes and a look of disdain for ...
ROLAND WHITE on last night's TV: Secret drops, tapes and a look of disdain for ...
ROLAND WHITE reviews last night's TV: Secret drops, tapes and a look of disdain for Di's stepmother Raine

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Guess what they almost certainly were not watching down at Highgrove last night?

Diana (ITV) marked what would have been the Princess's 60th birthday next Thursday, and Prince Charles did not emerge entirely well from this hour and a half.

Only Arthur Edwards had a good word to say about him. The veteran royal photographer, who had spotted a tender moment between the couple on an overseas tour, observed: 'When people say to me that he didn't love Diana, I don't believe that.'

What did she believe, though? We revisited that famous 'whatever love means' interview. Even before Charles said those words in 1981, it wasn't love you could see in his fiancée's eyes — it was resignation, apprehension and surrender.

It is impossible not to be moved by the sight of Diana's sons walking behind the coffin after her death in 1997

It is impossible not to be moved by the sight of Diana's sons walking behind the coffin after her death in 1997

Perhaps that's hindsight, of which plenty was on display. There were poignant pictures, home movies and anecdotes of her childhood and happy teenage years, when she had a poster of Prince Charles on her bedroom wall.

Poignant because we know what was coming next.

There wasn't much in the programme that we didn't know already, but ITV had rounded up some good talking heads, including the Mail's Richard Kay.

Diana's cousin, Diana Macfarlane, was a coup for the programme, giving her first interview. When the Princess's stepmother Raine Spencer was mentioned,

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