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Princess Diana told Charles to step aside and let William succeed the Queen as he "wasn't up to the job," a bombshell documentary has claimed.
New Channel 4 documentary Diana: The Truth Behind the Interview also features the claim Prince William's mum described her marriage as "hell from day one".
The programme alleges the princess poured her heart out to former Daily Telegraph editor Max Hastings three months before her shocking appearance on BBC Panorama with Martin Bashir.
Sir Max told Diana he was "terribly flattered" she had "come all the way down to the country to talk to me".
In response, she said she was "terribly anxious for my side of this to come out".
Sir Max said: "I spent the best part of a couple of hours with Diana and she put on a wonderful show. It was absolutely gripping stuff.
"It became clear first of all how much she hated Charles… yes, she did hate Charles.
"When I said 'were there ever happy times?' she said 'no, the marriage was hell from day one'."
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He added: "She said that all she cared about was William's succession to the throne and she said to me, quite explicitly, 'I don't think Charles can do it'.
"The outcome she wanted to see was for Charles to stand aside as heir… and for William to occupy the throne. This was pretty dynamic stuff."
Explaining why he had kept the explosive details of his conversation with Diana secret for 25 years, Sir Max said: "I felt that my job was to try and help them keep a lid on the worst of this, rather than to lift it off."
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As well as covering Diana's notorious 1995 Panorama appearance, the documentary also touches upon Charles' own TV interview with Jonathan Dimbleby in 1994, which is said to have triggered his ex-wife's response.
Charles reportedly refused to admit having an affair with Camilla in a first interview – which was never broadcast.
It is claimed Dimbleby convinced the prince that the truth would come out eventually, leading to a second interview in which he confessed.
Diana's interview with Martin Bashir was watched by a staggering 23 million viewers at the time.
In it, she admitted she had cheated on Charles as well as questioning his suitability to be king, as she revealed he had been unfaithful as well.
It was during the interview that Diana uttered the immortal line about Camilla, telling Bashir: "There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded."
Diana: The Truth Behind the Interview airs on Channel 4 on Wednesday, October 21 at 9pm.
- Princess Diana
- Prince Charles
- Prince William
- Channel 4
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