Diana ‘asked friend about conspiracy to put her down’ before BBC interview

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Princess Diana asked a friend if there was a “conspiracy” to have her “put down”, according to a new documentary.

The claims are made in Diana: The Truth Behind the Interview, set to air on Channel 4.

Diana made a series of revelations to former Daily Telegraph editor Max Hastings three months before her bombshell Panorama interview on life in the Royal Family.

She drove to meet him in Berkshire, and reportedly wanted her side of the story 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'.

“I was amazed by the frankness and the directness with which she said that.

“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.”

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Sir Max decided not to publish details of their conversation, fearing Diana was vulnerable.

He continued: “Diana said a lot of stuff on several occasions which I thought [was] for the fairies. She asked me what I knew about a conspiracy to sort of have her put down.

“I said… it sounded absolutely crazy to me. But she, I think, did believe this sort of stuff and it was one of many, many things that made one feel so desperately sorry for her… this sense of vulnerability.

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“You may be a very streetwise, brilliant enchantress, but you can also be not very bright.

“If you've got nobody sensible to advise you, or if you have [but] you won't take their advice, you're in a pretty bad place.”

In the Panorama interview, Diana toldBBCjournalist Martin Bashir that she had fallen in love with army officer James Hewitt.

She also sensationally claimed there were “three of us in this marriage”, referencing Charles and Camilla , Duchess of Cornwall.

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