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A look back at the explicit phone recordings that exposed Diana and Charles' most secret desires

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Princess Diana and Prince Charles
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On 23 August 1992 The Sun newspaper published a story with a distressed-looking Lady Di on the cover. "Dianagate" was printed on it in bold black ink with the words "tape of love call reveals marriage misery".

The article exposed the conversation between Diana and James Gilbey – the heir to Gilbey's Gin – on New Year's Eve in 1989.

With a right royal scandal on their hands, the publication revealed everything, from their discussion about BBC's long-running soap EastEnders, to James' comforting words as his close friend spoke candidly about her implicit rejection from the royal firm.

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