When Princess Diana found herself embroiled in a tabloid scandal surrounding her marriage—and subsequent divorce—she was itching to tell her side of the story. So she recorded her thoughts on tape and sent them to a journalist. People reports that the author of that subsequent biography is now revealing the super-secret way he got his hands on her story.
Andrew Morton is issuing a new edition of his blockbuster biography, DIANA: Her True Story—In Her Own Words, and has added some reflections of how the book came together. According to the new foreword, which was excerpted by People, Princess Diana wanted to make sure the British public heard her side of the story. So she recorded her thoughts and secrets on audiotapes—and then had her friend, Dr. James Colthurst, deliver the tapes to Morton by bicycle. She also allowed her closest confidantes to talk to Morton for the book.
Morton would then go to a café and listen to the tapes, in which the seemingly perfect royal opened up about her heartbreak and even issues with eating disorders. Initially, it was a secret that Diana even participated in the book, but Morton revealed it after her untimely death. "It was like being transported into a parallel universe, the Princess talking about her unhappiness, her sense of betrayal, her suicide attempts and two things I had never previously heard of: Bulimia nervosa, an eating disorder, and a woman called Camilla," Morton writes.
Six months before the book was to come out, Diana reached out to Morton and said she knew it would be controversial, but was relieved to have her story told. "Obviously we are preparing for the volcano to erupt and I do feel better equipped to cope with whatever comes our way," she wrote him in a letter. "Thank you for your belief in me and for taking the trouble to understand this mind—it's such a relief not to be on my own anymore and that it's okay to be me."
Morton's revised anniversary edition of DIANA: Her True Story—In Her Own Words was just released.
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.