Princess Diana’s pal says she would have warned Prince Harry off Oprah interview

Princess Diana's close friend Dr James Colthurst has openly discussed his views regarding Princess Diana's interview with Martin Bashir and the caution she would have given her son Prince Harry regarding his interviews.

In recent weeks, journalist Martin Bashir has been at the forefront of controversy after an independent inquiry found that his infamous 1995 interview with Princess Diana was secured through deceitful strategies.

The interview, which saw the late Princess divulge into details regarding her marriage to Prince Charles and her views on the Royal Family overall, has been heavily criticised, as many now believe that Martin and the BBC attained the interview wrongfully.

Bashir and the BBC are currently under investigation, as the inquiry will hopefully discover what techniques were used to secure the explosive interview.

In light of this, Princess Diana's close friend Dr James Colthurst has spoken candidly to the Radio Times ahead of what would have been the royal's 60th birthday.

Dr Colhurst has declared that due to the recent Bashir revelations, Princess Diana's interview with BBC's Panorama should never be shown on television again.

He also said that if the late royal was still alive, she would have cautioned Harry against his Oprah interview that aired on ITV in March.

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Dr Colhurst said: "I’m not sure he would have got to the interview stage, I believe she might have cautioned him beforehand to solve things in some other way."

In recent months, Prince Harry has been very vocal about his views on the Royal Family, his father and mental health as a whole.

In his docu-series The Me You Can't See, Harry spoke about the "shame" that people sometimes feel when their loved ones are struggling with their mental health.

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He also explained that family members told him to "play the game" when he was feeling low mentally.

In the first episode of the documentary, the Duke of Sussex said: "Towards my late 20s I was starting to ask questions of 'Should I really be here?'. And that was when I suddenly started going: 'You can't keep hiding from this.'

"Family members have said 'Just play the game and your life will be easier. But I've got a hell of a lot of my mum in me.

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"I feel as though I'm outside of the system but I'm still stuck there," he explained. "The only way to free yourself and break out is to tell the truth."

He added: "The happiest times of my life was the 10 years in the Army, without question, because I got to wear the same uniform as everybody else, I had to do all the same training as everybody else. I started from the bottom like everybody else.

"There was no special treatment because of who I was. That was where I felt my most normal, and actually within my younger years the most comfortable I felt was out in Afghanistan, away from the media."

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