New book will lift the lid on Diana’s transformation

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THE author of a new book on Princess Diana says he thinks that she would understand the pressure her sons are under.

Stephen Twigg was the late princess’s masseur and therapist from 1988 to 1995 and was dubbed a ‘svengali’ and a ‘guru’ by the press for his supposed influence on her.

But now Mr Twigg, who grew up in Gosport and currently lives in Chichester, has written a book about that period, titled Diana, Her Transformation.

He was seeing Diana at least once a week for most of the period where her marriage to Prince Charles was breaking down, and was often around Princes William and Harry.

He said: ‘I think she would be immensely proud of William and Harry.

‘Okay, they will make mistakes but they learn from them. William in particular seems to be very dedicated to his expected role.

‘Harry’s a little bit of a livewire, and I don’t know if Diana was still alive if things like this business in Las Vegas would have happened, but she would have come at it from a completely different angle to most people because she suffered a lot from being in the press all the time from the age of 19.

‘The pressure she was under was phenomenal.

‘The scrutiny she was constantly under in her private life and in public was a strain I challenge anybody to be able to deal with.’

The 62-year-old was first introduced to the princess, who died in a car crash in 1997, by friends who were worried about her.

He said: ‘I had built up a clientele of wealthy and influential people, and it was one of them who introduced me to Diana.

‘She had been married for about six years and was in a bit of a state and her friends were very concerned about her.’

And he says he soon became her confidant as she opened up to him about her feelings.

He said: ‘I needed to know those sorts of things to be able to give her a different perspective so she could change her views on what was happening in her life.‘

But after Mr Twigg participated in Andrew Morton’s controversial 1992 biography of Diana that claimed she had attempted suicide, he was cut off from her by Kensington Palace. It was only six months later that she again reached out to Mr Twigg.

‘I was doorstepped by the national press for about a week,’ he added, ‘and for brief spell it was very uncomfortable.

‘I was offered a lot of money to tell my side of the story at the time.’

The book is published today.