Published On: Thu, Aug 10th, 2017

Loving Princess Diana brother interview makes former Royal staff 'want to THROW UP'

Charles Spencer said he wishes he could have protected his sister in a documentary titled “The Story of Diana” but the Queen’s former press secretary accused him of “hypocrisy” and Diana’s former chef claimed it made him “want to throw up”.

Earl Spencer said: “One of the great tragedies of course is that Diana would have been the best grandmother ever.

“I love the fact that there’s still such veneration inside her immediate family for what she was and what she meant and I think that’s fantastic.

Princess Diana died on August 31 1997, after suffering fatal injuries in a car crash in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of her death, with many events being held in her memory.

Speaking at Althorp, the family’s ancestral home in Northamptonshire, Earl Spencer said he questions whether he could have helped his sister.

He added: “What could I have done? But you always think, ‘God, I wish I could have protected her.’ It was devastating. I always felt… intensely protective towards her.”

The comments provoked a backlash from members of Diana’s former staff who claimed the Earl abandoned his sister.

The Queen’s former press secretary Dickie Arbiter, told The Daily Mail: “Such hypocrisy from Charles Spencer. He forgets some of us were there when he turned his back on Diana.”

Darren O’Grady, Diana’s former chef, was also outraged at the remarks.

He wrote on Twitter: “This makes me want to throw up! Where were you when she needed you?

“NO! Not going to sit here and be quiet while her little brother tries to re-write history. YOU WEREN’T THERE FOR HER!”

Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell previously launched a scathing attack on Earl Spencer, calling him a hypocrite, and revealing she was reduced to tears by his cruel words in a letter.

In the correspondence, her brother refused her request to move to the Althorp estate or Garden House, and dismissed her alleged bulimia as “mental problems”.

Earl Spencer wrote: “I’m sorry, but I’ve decided that the Garden House isn’t a possible move now. There are many reasons, most of which include the police and press interference which would inevitably follow.

“I know you will be disappointed but I know I am doing the right thing for my wife and children. I am just sorry I cannot help my sister!

“I fear for you. I know how manipulation and deceit are parts of the illness… I pray that you are getting appropriate and sympathetic treatment for your mental problems.

“After years of neglect on both sides our relationship is the weakest I have with any of my sisters… perhaps you have more time to notice that we seldom speak.”

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