Diana Recalls Showdown with Camilla
03/11/2004 AT 10:56 AM EST
"I was terrified of her. And I said, 'I know what's going on between you and Charles and I just want you to know that,'" Diana (who was killed in a 1997 car crash in Paris) says very matter-of-factly on the tapes, which were secretly recorded in 1991 for a 1992 book that exposed the turmoil in the royal marriage.
The 1989 Diana-Camilla showdown occurred during a party as the princess interrupted a conversation between Parker Bowles, the prince and another male guest, notes Reuters.
"And I said to the two men, 'Okay, boys, I'm just going to have a quick word with Camilla and I'll be up in a minute.' And they shot upstairs like chickens with no heads, and I could feel upstairs all hell breaking loose: 'What is she going to do?' "
The princess recalled Parker Bowles as having a "very interesting" response. "She said to me: 'You've got everything you ever wanted. You've got all the men in the world fall in love with you and you've got two beautiful children, what more do you want?'
"So I said, 'I want my husband' ... and I said to Camilla, 'I'm sorry I'm in the way ... and it must be hell for both of you. But I do know what's going on. Don't treat me like an idiot."'
Last week, when a first set of tapes was aired on NBC's Thursday night special "Princess Diana: The Secret Tapes," ratings went through the roof, with 17 million people tuning in.