the andrew morton book controversy

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 book.

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 include:

Morton's Betrayal in Turning Death to Credit by Mark Lawson

Andrew Morton...and the Punishment He's Taking for His New Book

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