Diana was considered to be the most photographed woman in the world before her tragic death in 1997. She married Prince Charles in 1981 and her Beauty, style and compassion meant she promptly became the ‘People’s Princess’ and idolised around the world. However, as her marriage crumbled, she became increasingly unhappy.
In June 1992, Andrew Morton released his book, ‘Diana: Her True Story’ was published. It included detailed references to Diana’s bulimia, self-harm and accusations of adultery.
In the 2017 BBC Radio 4 series, ‘Images of Diana’, journalist Natasha Kaplinsky said the book “shattered the image of the fairytale royal marriage”.
She interviewed Mr Morton on the programme and questioned him about the impact the book made – particularly because it had been secretly authorised by Diana herself, a fact hidden from the public until after her death.
As Ms Kaplinsky explained: “Nobody knew at this point that she had given you permission, and she was directly involved.”
Princess Diana (Image: Getty)
Prince Charles and Diana married in a lavish ceremony in 1981 (Image: Getty)
Mr Morton said: “Yes, effectively I was like a fairground boxer who was taking on all comers with one hand tied behind my back. So I was taking it on the chin.”
He was referring to the media interest and national scandal the book created, as many questioned its authenticity without knowing all the information came from Diana herself.
However, Mr Morton maintained: “[But] we weren’t going to reveal her identity.”
Ms Kaplinsky asked: “How come? What was the agreement you’d made with her?”
The biographer replied: “Well, she hadn’t thought it through. I mean, I could have named her on day one. You know, it’s a gentleman’s agreement.
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Diana and Charles separated in 1992 and divorced in 1996 (Image: Getty)
“We were going to give her