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|Bodyguard Was Diana's 'Greatest' Love
- Princess considered running off with minder
PRINCESS DIANA's greatest love was the bodyguard killed in a motorbike crash, a death the princess saw as murder, TV viewers in the USA learned last night.
"He was the greatest fellow I have ever had," Diana said of Barry Mannakee, her one-time bodyguard. "I was quite happy to give it all up ... just to go off and live with him."
On the video recording screened last night by NBC in the US, Diana tells her voice coach, Peter Settelen, "I think he [Mannakee] was bumped off." Settelen sold the video tape to NBC for UKP500,000.
Mannakee is thought to be one of Diana's first extra-marital lovers. The pair's affair didn't last long - once it was discovered by royal aides, the burly policeman was relieved of his royal duties and perks.
"I should never have played with fire," said Diana of her below-stairs fling. "But I did. And I got burned."
Mannakee died in a motorbike crash not long after, in 1987. Diana said she visited his grave to exorcise nightmares she was having.