Friends of Princess Diana have urged Channel 4 not to broadcast controversial video tapes of her talking about her troubled marriage.
The documentary, Diana: In Her Own Words, is due to be aired ahead of the 20th anniversary of her death.
The tapes, recorded by her speech coach, have never been seen in the UK.
Channel 4 said they “provide a unique insight” – but Diana’s close friend Rosa Monckton said they were a betrayal of the late princess’s privacy.
Mrs Monckton is writing to the broadcaster to ask them not to air the tapes. She told The Guardian: “This doesn’t belong in the public domain.
“It is a betrayal of her privacy and of the family’s privacy.”
Former royal spokesman Dickie Arbiter told Sky News: “It is absolutely shameful that these tapes have been made available.
“It seems that there is sort of grubby blood money running around.”
The footage was recorded by Peter Settelen, who was hired by the Princess of Wales between 1992 and 1993 to help with her public speaking voice.
She was filmed at Kensington Palace and is seen speaking about her relationship with the Prince of Wales, their sex life and how she confronted him about his affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, now the Duchess of Cornwall.
Diana also spoke about how she considered leaving the royal household to be with another man, thought to be married police protection officer Barry Mannakee.
The tapes were returned to Mr Settelen in 2004 after a dispute with Diana’s brother Earl Spencer, who said they belonged to him. They had initially been held by Scotland Yard after being seized in 2001 in a raid on the home of former royal butler Paul Burrell.
Excerpts were broadcast in the US later in 2004 after being sold to American broadcaster NBC.
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The BBC was reportedly planning to show the tapes as part of a documentary in 2007, the year of the 10th anniversary of Diana’s death, but scrapped the project.
Marcus Rutherford, Mr Settelen’s lawyer, defended their broadcast.
He told BBC 5 live: “The claim to privacy actually fails because the police looked at them, the Spencer family looked at them, Paul Burrell look at them presumably and so what was private to Peter as much as to Diana was actually lost in the process.
“So I don’t think it’s right to say that now, 20 years later after her death, they remain private any more.”
He added that Diana was separating from her husband at the time and “wanted the world to know what she was going through”.
A Channel 4 spokesman said the tapes – which are due to be broadcast next week – were “an important historical source”.
“We carefully considered all the material used in the documentary and, though the recordings were made in private, the subjects covered are a matter of public record and provide a unique insight into the preparations Diana undertook to gain a public voice and tell her own personal story, which culminated in her later interview for Panorama [in 1995].
“This unique portrait of Diana gives her a voice and places it front and centre at a time when the nation will be reflecting on her life and death.”
Diana died in a car crash in Paris on 31 August 1997.