Prince Charles’ affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles resumed shortly after his marriage to Princess Diana and was ultimately one of the reasons for the breakdown of their relationship. The Princess’ former bodyguard, Sergeant Allan Peters, has given a startling interview in the CNN series Diana, in which he claimed the Prince of Wales returned to Camilla Parker-Bowles only after he discovered Diana had been allegedly cheating with fellow protection officer, Barry Mannakee.
Mr Peters also added: “Nobody is the villain. In my view, everyone is the victim… He was under a lot of pressure to get married and she too was the victim of this whole process.”
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Mr Eden stated: “I found this story really, really interesting.
“I mean, you always feel that everyone’s had their say about Princess Diana over the years, but there was one royal protection officer who worked for Charles and Diana for I think about nine years, Sergeant Alan Peters, and he’s never really spoken before but he’s given an interview.
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“The key thing he said is that Charles is very hard done by in the coverage, particularly in The Crown, because all the story has been that Charles betrayed Diana he was back with Camilla very soon leaving Diana in tears at the palace.
“Peter says from what he knows himself, Diana was the first one to have an affair. And that was with a fellow Protection Officer Barry Mannakee.
He added: “Sergeant Alan Peters felt so strongly about this that he confronted his employer, Prince Charles and told him about the affair and said that he would quit himself if it wasn’t ended.
“He really didn’t feel he could carry on with his job.
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Peters also stated in the documentary that he confronted Diana about the affair.
He said: “I started to notice her behavior was unusual when we were anywhere near Barry Mannakee, which was certainly indicating that something may have happened between them so I decided to talk to her about it.
“For the first 20 minutes she absolutely categorically denied it but then she told me exactly what was going on”