Princess Diana had hoped the publication of Andrew Morton’s biogaphy in 1992 would free her from the royals. But former butler Paul Burrell claimed the Royal Family shut out any negative backlash from the book. Speaking to Channel 5’s documentary titled, Diana: The Interview That Shocked the World, Mr Burrell claimed the book was intended to “rescue her”.
Narrator Glynis Barber said: “With suspicions of her complicity on the book running high, the palace remained furious.”
Mr Burrell said: “The Queen’s belief is that you shouldn’t show public emotion because you are the monarchy.
“You should be above that.”
Ms Barber continued: “Far from freeing Diana, the Morton book merely tightened her chains.”
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Mr Burrell added: “She expected the Andrew Morton book to rescue her.
“It didn’t because the Royal Family put down the shutters.”
Diana had struggled with living at Kensington Palace according to royal biographer Richard Kay who detailed how the royal felt that she was spied on by staff and had her movements reported.
The mother to Princes William and Harry officially moved into Apartment 8 and 9 at Kensington Palace after marrying Prince Charles in 1981. Following their divorce in 1996, Diana kept her home at the palace.
“The security cameras you see all over the place.
“She felt that the police that guarded the palace were constantly reporting on her movements, who her friends were, who came to see her.
“It became a real difficulty for her because she couldn’t really decide if she wanted to completely break free from that royal life and strike out and live outside the palace or whether she needed the protection it afforded her.
“In the end, by the time of her death, I think she more or less decided she needed to stay here.”