Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

I Confronted Camilla over Charles, Says Di; 'I'M SORRY I'M IN THE WAY BUT I KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON. DON'T TREAT ME LIKE AN IDIOT'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

I Confronted Camilla over Charles, Says Di; 'I'M SORRY I'M IN THE WAY BUT I KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON. DON'T TREAT ME LIKE AN IDIOT'

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Byline: ROBERT JOBSON;JAMES LANGTON

PRINCESS DIANA'S hopes and dreams were shattered by Prince Charles's cruelty, millions heard her claim on American TV today.

In her second bitter taped attack, Diana said she wanted Charles to be a "father figure" but he never "supported or encouraged" her throughout their marriage.

In never-before heard audio tapes, recorded six years before her death, Diana says: "I had so many dreams as a young girl, hopes that my husband would look after me, would be like a father figure. He would support me, encourage me, say well done. I didn't get any of that.'' And in previously unseen video footage Diana is seen on screen talking about her hopes and struggling to explain why she carried out her charity crusade.

Diana's voice coach Peter Settelen, who sold the tapes to NBC, poses as a reporter, and asks the Princess why she does charity work, Diana giggles nervously and replies: "Because I've got nothing else to do."

In the audio tapes Diana spells out in graphic detail how serious the divisions were between the couple.

Her confession reveals in her own words what she claims was Charles's cruel behaviour towards her throughout their marriage.

Her comments - broadcast on the NBC network in the second part of their major new documentary - will rock the royal family.

The tapes, recorded by Diana at Kensington Palace as she plotted to leave royal life, were used by author Andrew Morton to write his bestseller Diana - Her True Story.

In the audio tapes, handed to NBC by Morton's publisher Michael O'Mara, Diana is heard talking about the heartbreak of her marriage. She focuses on one incident in which she confronted Charles's mistress, Camilla Parker Bowles.

She showdown happened in 1989 at a birthday party for Camilla's sister.

After finding Camilla talking to Prince Charles and another man, she said: "I said to the two men, 'Okay boys, I just need to have a quick word with Camilla and I'll be up in a minute,' and they shot upstairs like chickens with no heads. …

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