Princess Diana Exasperated Over Paparazzi in Newly Revealed Audio Tapes: 'I've Given Up Everything'
It's a side of the late princess that few have seen before.
It's a side of the late Princess Diana that few have seen before, sounding flustered and exasperated as she pleads for privacy in rare audio tapes that have recently surfaced.
“I've given up everything, I've given up everything," she can be heard saying in the tapes. "I can't go out to lunch. I certainly don't go out in the evenings. I hide out in the back of cars to get out. I don't want to be in the newspapers. And I’m not interested in, 'Is it nice or not?' I don't care. I don't care about it. It is desperate, hunting the whole time."
She lashed out at the paparazzi that hounded her at every turn and recorded their encounters with her.
“You must accept you are in the public eye,” one photographer rebutted.
“I'm not! I'm not! I just got divorced from the public eye,” she exclaimed. “I don't want to be in the forefront. I hate it! It has cost me dearly!”
Katie Nicholl, a royal commentator and author who listened to the tapes, told Inside Edition that they are “shocking.”
“You can hear her voice shaking,” she said. “You can hear the fear the alarm the distress. It's all very, very real, very dramatic, it's very disconcerting.”
Whether Diana was going to the gym, or simply taking an elevator, the cameras were always there.
“I spend the whole day hiding, not going home, not coming out for the rest of the day," she says in one of the tapes. "It's crazy."
To the paparazzi, Diana was fair game. Just one photo could round up tens of thousands of dollars, which infuriated her.
“I can't sit here and be battered every single day because someone wants to make some money out of me,” she famously once said.
The hunt didn't stop at England’s borders. Diana was even followed on vacation in the Caribbean and across Europe.
Diana was most concerned about her son, William.
Nichols said William has not forgotten what his mother endured.
“William does not want his children to be exposed to the photographers in the way that he was,” she said. “He blames the paparazzi, as Harry does, for his mother's death and they've made it very clear they will not tolerate the paparazzi harassing their family.”
In an inquest conducted after the princess' death in 1997, the pursuing paparazzi were found to be a factor but not the cause of the accident. Diana's driver was found to have been legally drunk.
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