Princess Diana was not the picture-perfect people's champion she appeared to be in public! That's the shocking claim of her former secretary, who says she secretly tried to anger the queen, and purposefully became a royal pain by the end of her marriage to Prince Charles.
In a new documentary airing on British TV, Diana’s trusted private secretary pulled back the curtain to reveal the image of a conniving woman who refused to follow the rules as her marriage crumbled.
“When they were first married, they did most things together, but as their marriage started to get into trouble," Diana was less present, said former aide Patrick Jephson.
The documentary follows the doomed history of Charles and Diana's marriage, and explores how both parties went against palace tradition by airing their personal dirty laundry, and revealing details of sordid affairs.
And when she wasn’t busy trying to get under Charles’ skin, she would turn her attention to the Queen, Jephson claims.
“Diana deliberately opted for controversial charities to support”, said Jephson, “which put her at odds with the Queen.”
She also apparently craved the spotlight, and used it to woo the public to her side, going on a “charm offensive” after her separation, and using her star power in the mid 90’s to “maximize every opportunity” that came her way, he says.
But Jephson claims it all took a lasting toll on Diana, who may have seemed happy outside, but was terribly lonely on the inside.
“There was nobody at home at the end of a long hard day saying 'kick your shoes off darling, let me make you a drink, tell me all about it, you’re doing a great job'."
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