Dis ex private secretary names five men as her lovers

November 22nd, 2007 - 1:49 pm ICT by admin  

London, Nov 22 (ANI): The ongoing inquest into the death of Princess Diana has heard a list of five men named as her lovers.

The list was read at the inquest on the princess as Michael Gibbins, her former private secretary, was questioned about Royal “disapproval” of her private life.

The names included former England rugby captain Will Carling, her police bodyguard, Barry Mannakee, ex-cavalry officer James Hewitt, James Gilbey, who famously called her Squidgy in a phone conversation and art dealer Oliver Hoare.

Michael Mansfield QC, attorney of Mohamed Al Fayed, whose son Dodi also died in the 1997 Paris car crash, which killed the princess, revealed the names at the hearing.

Mansfield asked Gibbins if he was aware that by June that year there was “a level of disapproval of Diana and the relationships she had had in the past?”

When the private secretary asked who he was talking about, the lawyer read the list, reports the Daily Mail.

Of the five, Hewitt, who wooed the princess from 1986 to 1990, later cashed in by publishing intimate details.

Carling, who fell for Diana after meeting her in a gym in 1995, always insisted they were close friends rather than lovers.

Gilbey, a Lotus car PR executive, whose “Squidgygate” conversation was mysteriously taped and later made public, never admitted to an affair.

Nor did Hoare, who is believed to have had a four-year relationship with the princess from 1990.

Police bodyguard Mannakee died in a motorcycle accident in 1987, a year after their affair ended and a decade before it was made public.

Mansfield asked: “You were aware that the disapproval was not just in the tabloid press, but was coming from the Royal Household?

Gibbins replied: “I am not sure that I was directly aware of that, but by inference certainly.”

Asked if the fall-out from Diana “exposing her emotional life” in the tell-all Panorama interview with Martin Bashir in November 1995 was still being felt in the Royal Household, he replied: “Oh yes”.

Gibbins also revealed he warned Diana about taking Princes William and Harry on holiday with the Al Fayed family earlier in 1997, before her relationship with Dodi began.

He said the Harrods owner had been a “very controversial figure” at the time and his film producer son had an image of a playboy.

But the princess hardly reacted to his warning and seemed unconcerned, he added.

Gibbins, who worked for the princess in the last year of her life, told her inquest that there had been disapproval in some quarters of her string of boyfriends, hinting that the Queen herself had disapproved of Dianas lovers. (ANI)

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