Wednesday 22 November 2017

Princess Diana's wedding dress designer hits out at 'disgusting' release of 'Diana Tapes'

Elizabeth Emanuel at the ‘Diana – A Fashion Legacy’ exhibition at The Museum of Style Icons at Newbridge Silverware. Picture: Anthony Woods
Elizabeth Emanuel at the ‘Diana – A Fashion Legacy’ exhibition at The Museum of Style Icons at Newbridge Silverware. Picture: Anthony Woods
Princess Diana and Prince Charles following their wedding at St Paul’s Cathedral in 1981
The wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul's Cathedral in London, 29th July 1981. The couple leave the cathedral after the ceremony. (Photo by Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Elizabeth Emanuel & Anne Doyle at the ‘Diana – A Fashion Legacy’ exhibition at The Museum of Style Icons at Newbridge Silverware. Picture: Anthony Woods
Elizabeth Emanuel at the ‘Diana – A Fashion Legacy’ exhibition at The Museum of Style Icons at Newbridge Silverware. Picture: Anthony Woods
Elizabeth Emanuel at the ‘Diana – A Fashion Legacy’ exhibition at The Museum of Style Icons at Newbridge Silverware. Picture: Anthony Woods
Prince Charles and Princess Diana pose together during their honeymoon in Balmoral, Scotland, 19th August 1981. (Photo by Serge Lemoine/Getty Images)
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

The designer who created Princess Diana’s iconic silk wedding gown has expressed her disgust over the release of the ‘Diana Tapes’.

The tapes will feature in the documentary, Diana: In Her Own Words, which is due to be aired ahead of the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death.

The footage was recorded by Peter Settelen, who was hired by the Princess of Wales between 1992 and 1993 to help with her public speaking voice.

She was filmed at Kensington Palace talking about her marriage to the Prince of Wales, their sex life and how she confronted him about his affair with Camilla Parker Bowles.

The wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul's Cathedral in London, 29th July 1981. The couple leave the cathedral after the ceremony. (Photo by Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
The wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul's Cathedral in London, 29th July 1981. The couple leave the cathedral after the ceremony. (Photo by Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Earlier this week, fashion designer Elizabeth Emanuel said; “I think that is so disgusting... I think it’s terrible.

“It doesn’t hurt her memory at all. It shows she was human and had vulnerabilities. It does hurt everybody else sadly.

“If it had been me, I would be devastated to think something I thought was a private conversation was heard around the world,” she said at the launch of Diana A Fashion Legacy at Newbridge Silverware Museum of Style Icons.

The designer also spoke about the traumatic impact the death of Princess Diana had upon her.

Elizabeth Emanuel at the ‘Diana – A Fashion Legacy’ exhibition at The Museum of Style Icons at Newbridge Silverware. Picture: Anthony Woods
Elizabeth Emanuel at the ‘Diana – A Fashion Legacy’ exhibition at The Museum of Style Icons at Newbridge Silverware. Picture: Anthony Woods

“It took me a long time to come to terms with her death because she was so much part of our life and if we hadn’t met her I don’t know what we’d be doing.

“She was such an amazing human being, how could something like that, that tragedy, happen to her?

“I still haven’t really come to terms with it because it was such a shock.”

To remember her life ,Newbridge Silverware have opened the new exhibition which includes an original calico toile made ahead of her wedding to Prince Charles in 1981.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana pose together during their honeymoon in Balmoral, Scotland, 19th August 1981. (Photo by Serge Lemoine/Getty Images)
Prince Charles and Princess Diana pose together during their honeymoon in Balmoral, Scotland, 19th August 1981. (Photo by Serge Lemoine/Getty Images)

The dress was designed by Elizabeth and her husband David – who now presents the UK edition of Say Yes to the Dress.

‘We made the dress in ivory, which was unusual at the time, because traditional wedding dresses then were white, A-line, satin, and boring.

‘We were aware that this one was going to be very different and not to be expected, but we wanted to make it a fairy tale dress. 

‘I like to feel our studio was kind of like a sanctuary for her, because it was away from all the paparazzi and all that was going on in the outside world. So she could feel very relaxed and happy to be at the studio.

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