In 1992, British royal reporter Andrew Morton wrote a shattering account of
the breakdown of the marriage of the Prince and Princess of Wales. It was
called DIANA-Her True Story. Not long after it was published, Diana
acknowledged she told friends and family to cooperate and talk to Morton.
But she and Morton both denied she had any further role in the writing of the
After Princess Diana's death August 31, 1997, Morton hastily prepared an
updated, expanded version of his '92 best seller, this time entitled
DIANA-Her True Story In Her Own Words. He confirmed that Diana herself
had been the main source for his earlier book and his new version contained
a18,000 word transcript of tape recordings made by the princess in secret in
1991 and 1992 to enable Morton to tell her story. In these recordings Diana
speaks with devastating candor about her unhappy marriage, her bulimia, her
feelings about Camilla Parker-Bowles, and her parents' divorce.
The publication of Morton's updated book provoked a firestorm of controversy in
Britain. He was accused of commercially exploiting Diana's death, Buckingham
Palace threatened to have the book banned and the Spencer family, deeply
distressed, sought legal advice concerning ownership of the tape recordings.
A few of the many articles which appeared on the Morton book controversy