A new podcast sheds light on the war of words that raged between Princess Diana and King Charles in the early 1990s.
Patrick Jephson, who was press secretary for the late royals from 1988 to 1996, has claimed on the new podcast The Scandal Mongers, hosted by royal authors Phil Craig and Andrew Lownie, that sources close to the king are organizing a “systematic” hate campaign against his estranged had a woman who made her life hell.
He added he was frustrated that it was now “accepted” that Diana had mental issues and said she had indeed shown “extraordinary strength” under the pressures of royal life and media attention.
Meanwhile, Phil Craig, author of Diana: Story of a Princess, said those briefings had a lasting impact on the legacy of the king’s first wife, adding that they were the “nastiest” aspect of the War of the Wales .
Patrick Jephson, who was press secretary for the late royals from 1988 to 1996, has claimed on the new podcast The Scandal Mongers, hosted by royal authors Phil Craig and Andrew Lownie, that sources close to the king are organizing a “systematic” hate campaign against his estranged had a woman who made her life hell. Pictured in 1989
Jephson and Diana in 1996. The royal expert added that Diana knew Charles’ friends were feeding negative stories about her to the press
The former press secretary pictured added he was frustrated that it was now “accepted” that Diana had mental issues and said she had indeed shown “extraordinary strength” under the pressures of royal life and media attention
Jephson claimed that this disinformation campaign went beyond “casual gossip” and was a “systemic campaign,” Page Six reported.
He said he was “very frustrated” because claims that Diana was “a little crazy” had “become the official line”.
He added, “Given the life she led, given the pressures she was under, not only was she sane, she had a kind of ability to restore sanity in crazy situations.”
He added that Diana, who died on August 31, 1997 at the age of 36, was aware of her ex-husband’s efforts to discredit her in the press and would use this to her advantage.
Diana, pictured in Saudi Arabia in 1996, took advantage of the smear campaigns circulated against her
He said she brought up her history of eating disorders in her speeches at a charity event to turn the tables on her critics.
He added that those who spread the rumors were mostly men intent on defending another man by attacking a woman and that the Princess Diana, with whom he worked for eight years, was sane , funny and grounded.
In another episode, Phil Craig said he thought the briefings were the “baddest part” of the story of Diana and the king’s wedding.
He recounted how Patrick Jephson arranged a meeting between Diana and Jonathan Dimbleby, who was at the time preparing to interview the King for a program that was eventually released in 1994.
Princess Diana, pictured on October 5, 1989, was described as “charming, funny and articulate” by her former press secretary.
Craig said, “Diana is absolutely at her best: She’s charming, she’s funny, she’s slightly flirtatious, she’s absolutely on point, she’s very eloquent on politics and on world leaders.”
He added that Dimbleby and Patrick Jephson sat down for a chat after the interview and that the Australian broadcaster told the royal secretary: “If I can’t believe what I’ve been told about Diana, I can’t believe any of it.”
“I wonder if that’s what made Jonathan step down from his original plan, which was to get into mental health,” he added.
The expert added that Diana was “hardened” by the king’s infidelity and the fact that staff would lie to her about his whereabouts.
Phil said he thought it “fair to say that Prince Charles gassed Diana”.
However, she added that the late Queen also exaggerated some aspects of her life in an “urge for sympathy”.
“She created this new image that people bought into, which really didn’t happen,” he said.
“I wonder why, later in life, she somehow exaggerated the pain of her own childhood and adolescence.
“All I can think of is that maybe she was playing for sympathy,” he added.
“She went too far in Morton’s book and she exaggerates too much,” he added, citing Andrew Morton’s 1992 book Diana in Her Own Words.
Phil said Diana lied about throwing herself down the stairs, a claim she made in the explosive book.
He said he spoke to people who witnessed the event and that Diana slipped down a few steps during an altercation with Charles while she was pregnant with Prince William, but that Charles immediately called the doctor.
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