The emergence of secret Diana tapes, a series of audio recordings passed by the princess to journalist, Andrew Morton, causing public uproar.
It was 25 years ago when the writer published "Diana: Her True Story," a book that exposed the princess’s detailed accounts of her rocky marriage to Prince Charles, along with her struggle with bulimia and her suicide attempts. The book was based on a series of recordings which Princess Diana had passed onto Morton through a third party at the time.
Now, transcripts to those audio tapes are being published in an anniversary edition of the book and in a series of excerpts by the Daily Mail. Writing about how he had obtain the tapes, Morton credited Dr. James Colthurst, as the vital link between himself and the princess.
According to Morton, the doctor had met Princess Diana when she visited the hospital where he worked, to open a new CT scanner in his department.
"I discovered he had known Diana since she was 17," recalled Morton in the Daily Mail. "Gradually, James and I became friendly, enjoying games of squash. As her friend, of course, James was well aware that her marriage had failed and that her husband was having an affair with Camilla Parker Bowles."
Morton said Princess Diana slowly began to reach out to him in hope that having her full story told would bring public understanding and acceptance.
"She gradually started testing me out by allowing Colthurst to give me snippets of information, which I turned into news stories. Sometime later, she asked him: 'Does Andrew want an interview?'"
The first excerpt appeared on June 11 and revealed how Princess Diana's marriage unraveled.
Replying to a tweet, Morton said that, behind the glamorous image lay a sad reality, which was testament to her strength of character.
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