Princess Diana alleges lover's slaying in NBC tapes
UPI News Service, 12/07/2004
A videotape of Princess Diana, in which she expresses fears her lover was slain, shows the princess saying she wanted to leave Prince Charles.
The previously undisclosed tape, recorded by Diana's voice coach in 1992, was broadcast on NBC Monday.
Diana says she wanted to leave Prince Charles and run away with her lover, Barry Manakee, her bodyguard until he was "chucked out."
"I was quite happy to give all this up," she says. "Just to go off and live with him. Can you believe it?"
She then speaks of her belief that Manakee, who died in a motorcycle accident in 1987, was "bumped off."
The princess describes his death as "the biggest blow of my life."
The original inquest ruled Manakee's death was an accident
However the BBC has now reported Metropolitan Police Chief Sir John Stevens will reopen investigations into the circumstances surrounding his death.
The findings will form part of a larger report to be handed to the royal coroner ahead of the inquest into Princess Diana's death next year.
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