Clearly, Princess Diana did not like having a handler with her at all times. In Richard Aldrich and Rory Cormac's new book, The Secret Royals: Spying and the Crown, from Victoria to Diana, the two talk about what Diana's relationship with Prince Charles — right as their relationship was crumbling.
"Not surprisingly, Charles and Diana became intensely secretive and at times tried to evade their own security," an excerpt, which was published by the Daily Mail, reads. "Diana was the worst. Even early in her marriage, she became rather good at giving her own security the slip. Like an intelligence operative, she knew how to elude her tail. This caused periodic panics when royal flunkies realized she had slid out to go shopping down the King’s Road protected only by a pair of stylish sunglasses."
"After the couple separated, she was even more reckless. In the Austrian mountain resort of Lech, she evaded her protection team by making a night-time leap into deep snow off a first-floor balcony at her hotel and then going for a walk," the authors write. "Her protection officer later asked her: ‘Ma’am, what were you thinking?’ He left her service, and thereafter she dispensed with routine police protection — a dangerous strategy indeed."
The book also claims that when Charles drove to Highgrove to visit Camilla Parker Bowles — whom he was having an affair with — and he was "always partnered by his Special Branch officer, Colin Trimming."
When Diana would visit her lover James Hewitt, her security officer apparently had to sleep downstairs on the sofa while they were canoodling upstairs.
Charles and Diana got married in in July of 1981, but the two called it quits in 1996.
While talking to Martin Bashir in 1995, Diana admitted that she knew Charles was sneaking around with Camilla. “There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded," she said of the affair.