Princes Harry and Wiliam have refused to comment on the controversial Diana tapes that have been published in a Channel 4 documentary.
Kensington Palace spokesman, Jason Knauf, speaking on behalf of Diana’s sons has made it clear that they do not plan to comment on the film.
He added that no would be authorising any “friends” to speak out against the documentary.
A senior source has said, “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 tapes were recorded while Diana was undertaking tutorials with voice coach Peter Settelen over the course of a year. The tapes were found during a police raid at the house of Diana’s former butler, Paul Burrell.
A legal battle for the tapes took place; however, six of them were returned to Settelen. It is believed that Settlen has been paid a fee to let the tapes be broadcast; however, he has not appeared in the documentary.
Diana is open and upfront about her marriage to Charles and other personal experiences.
Another senior source said that Harry and William “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 publishing of the tapes has been widely criticised by many, including some who were close to Diana, Princess of Wales. Ex-palace press officer Dickie Arbiter described the film as “immoral.”
Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer, wrote to the network asking them to not air the controversial film.
However, Channel 4 has defended the publishing of the tapes by making the case that they are not actually private exchanges. Ralph Lee, Channel 4’s Head of Factual said, “I think they will say that’s a public figure sitting down and being interviewed.
“The word that has been used is that this is ghoulish… but no one could see this and say the content is ghoulish. I simply don’t agree with that.”