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Royal Prisoner: How Princess Diana Escaped The Shackles Of The Royal Family, Her Biographer Reveals

September 6, 2018

In 1992, headlines with Princess Diana's words "My life is torture" blew the public's minds, and shattered the perfect picture of her life as a royal. That same year, Andrew Morton's scandalous book, Diana: Her True Story, proved how unhappy Diana's marriage was.

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At the time the book dropped, no one knew who was the source of revelations exposed. Diana denied supplying any information to Morton, and he kept his mouth shut to protect the identity of his source. 

Only after Diana's death in 1997, the author revealed that it was Diana herself, who provided him with the intimate details of her life at the Kensington Palace, which is how she was ultimately able to set herself free.

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Escaping the royal prison

By the time Prince Charles and Princess Diana were on the verge of separating, she's had enough. The Princess wanted the world to know how unhappy she was, being a part of the royal family.

Diana's friend, James Colthurst, told her it was time to reveal how she really felt. He found Andrew Morton, at the time journalist and author, believing he would be the best person to tell Diana's story.

Afraid of being shunned by the royal family, Diana decided to stay anonymous. James and Andrew came up with the plan, so that there would be no way of proving Morton ever met her.

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Every day, James would visit Diana, and they would record her confessions discretely. All recordings were later given to Morton for transcript.

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Morton explained that it was Diana's way of escaping the prison of her home. She was setting herself free by revealing her emotions to the public. As he told People:

It explained Diana’s feelings, her sense of isolation, her sense of being a prisoner. Once that leached into the popular imagination and people got to understand who she was as a three-dimensional character, then people responded to her.

Morton often repeated that Kensington Palace was Diana's prison. She felt trapped, and acted the way it was expected from her.

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She was losing her sense of identity with each garden party, all to not dissapoint the Queen.

Diana's desire was to make her own mark in this world, and to show the royal family she can do great things without them. And we can definitely say she succeeded. 

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