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Secret Videos Of Diana For Grabs?

Old videotapes of Princess Diana are the center of a legal battle. What they say appears to be something the royal family does not want to hear, reports CBS News Correspondent Tom Fenton.

The ghost of Princess Diana is again haunting Buckingham Palace -- this time in the form of videotapes made by Diana's voice coach, Peter Settelen, in the early 1990s. The police have the tapes and the voice coach is suing to get possession.

Crime reporter Ben Taylor of the London Daily Mail thinks they could be dynamite.

He says, "Bizarrely, I think she ended up talking about her private life and also the effect of the affair between Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, which clearly was causing a great deal of distress."

The tapes were seized in a raid on the home of Paul Burrell, Diana's butler, who was charged with stealing items belonging to his late employer. The charges were dropped, but Burrell sought revenge with "Royal Duty," a tell-all book that has severely shaken the royal family.

Vivian Parry, Princess Diana's friend, says, "Paul Burrell's book is a cynical exploitation of material that in Diana's lifetime he would not have had access to and which he has acquired and is now using."

The fear is that the tapes could be used in another exploitation of the Diana saga that could be worth a lot of money, if sold to a television company.

The palace hopes the tapes will remain where they are now, under police guard at a secret location.

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