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Princes William and Harry today refused to condemn the controversial new Channel 4 documentary about their late mother in which she gives candid first-person testimony.
Jason Knauf, their Kensington Palace spokesman, made it clear to the Evening Standard that neither would give an opinion about the film.
He also stressed they would not be authorising any “friends” to speak out against the documentary Diana: In Her Own Words on their behalf.
A senior source said: “Neither the Duke of Cambridge or Prince Harry will be making any comment whatsoever expressing their views about the Channel 4 documentary.
“Their views will remain private.
“More importantly they will not be authorising anyone close to them, friends or anyone, to speak on their behalf or express any views about it,” the high-ranking source added.
Both princes have made clear they want to draw a line under the Diana story now that they have had their say about her life.
Another senior figure said: “They are not daft. They can’t come out with all guns blazing about this new Diana film, featuring people very close to their late mother, after they’ve made one themselves.
“They don’t want to pour fuel on the flames of the story as all that will do is increase viewing figures for Channel 4 and the film,” the source added.
“Friends” including ex-Palace press officer Dickie Arbiter and pro-Charles biographer Penny Junor have labelled the film “immoral”.
Channel 4 confirmed Earl Spencer, Princess Diana’s brother speaking on behalf of the Spencer family, had written to the network asking them not to air the film, which will be broadcast on Sunday at 8pm.
It comes just days after the two princes featured for the first time on air talking about their late mother in an ITV ratings hit in the officially backed documentary, Diana: Our Mother – in which her sons spoke candidly about Diana.
Diana’s old friend Rosa Monckton will tell the broadcaster that use of the ‘Diana tapes’, revealing conversations recorded by the Princess of Wales’s speech coach, is ‘outrageous’.
And Dickie Arbiter, himself who has cashed in with a tell all book about the Queen and Diana breaking the code of former servants of the Crown has slammed the film too.
It features those close to Diana in her working and private life, including testimony from her most senior adviser – her only Private Secretary Patrick Jephson – and her former Scotland Yard Personal Protection Officer Inspector Ken Wharfe MVO, both who have written bestsellers about Diana.
It also features compelling interviews with Diana’s close friend Dr. James Colthurst, her friend and dance teacher Anne Allan.
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