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Queen branded Princess Diana’s bombshell BBC interview a ‘frightful thing to do’

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The Queen described Princess Diana's tell-all interview about her marriage as a "frightful thing to do", it has been claimed.

The claims have been made in a new Channel 5 documentary that looks at BBC journalist Martin Bashir's bombshell Panorama sit-down with the Princess of Wales.

When it was aired in November 1995, more than 20 million people tuned in including her mother-in-law.

In a segment from The Interview That Shocked The World, former BBC governor Sir Richard Eyre, who was in charge of the broadcaster at the time, reveals the Monarch gave her verdict on the damning documentary.

He said: "I had lunch with the Queen not long after and she said to me unprompted, 'How are things at the BBC?' and I said, 'Oh well, fine'.

"And she said, 'Frightful thing to do, frightful thing that my daughter-in-law did'."

The TV tell-all gave Diana a chance to reveal what life was truly like for her in the confines of Kensington Palace – and is where she dropped her bombshell admission about husband Charles's "other woman", his now wife, Camilla Parker-Bowles.

She said: “There were three of us in this marriage — so it was a bit crowded”.

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In the new documentary, Sir Richard claims that Diana did her make-up especially to look upset, and gain more sympathy from the public.

He said: "It's like somebody who has been very, very tearful, and then run out of a room and come back ten minutes later having restored their make-up.

"I think that's a conscious decision. I think that she presented herself as a victim. The artfulness of the appearance of spontaneity – that's acting."

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Within a month of the programme being broadcast, the Queen had written to Charles and Diana separately, urging them to divorce.

Within nine months their marriage was legally over and Diana had been stripped of her HRH title.

She died in a car crash in Paris in 1997. She was 36 years old.

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