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Basmah Qazi

Inside Princess Diana’s complicated relationship with her mother

Inside Princess Diana’s complicated relationship with her mother

It’s no secret that Princess Diana and her mother had a complicated relationship.

It is said that Diana’s relationships with different men after her marriage with Prince Charles ended, is the reason behind the feud with her mother Frances Shand Kydd.

Diana was famously linked to many high profile men, including heart surgeon Hasnat Khan, businessman Gulu Lalvani and son of Egyptian billionaire Dodi Fayed.

But after discovering details about one relationship in particular, Frances had decided to unleash on the late Princess.

Speaking to The Mirror, Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell recounted what happened the day an emotional Diana was on the receiving end of an abusive phone call from her mother.

“I heard her call, ‘Paul come quick’,” he said.

“She waved me over with her hand. I joined her on the floor cross-legged and stuck close beside her. I leant my ear as near to the phone as possible and listened to the conversation – albeit one-way.

“It was the slurring voice of Ms Frances Shand Kydd. What I heard was a torrent of abuse, swearing and upsetting innuendo towards the Princess and towards the male company she was keeping.

“It was a hate-filled personal attack on the men and their religious beliefs.”

The exact words that were said were revealed in a documentary Burrell was featured in.

“[She said] you’re nothing but a prostitute and a whore, that’s what I’ve brought up, a prostitute,” Burrell shared.

Diana then reportedly told him: “Paul, I’ll never speak to my mother again as long as I live.”

Prior to Diana’s tragic death, Frances had a few things to say to Hello! Magazine.

Speaking on the topic of Diana’s divorce and her battle with bulimia, Frances said it was “absolutely wonderful” that the late royal had lost her HRH title.

Her interview haunted Diana and according to Burrell, Diana never spoke to her mother again.