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Monday, 19 August, 2002, 11:41 GMT 12:41 UK
Police chief attacks Diana book
Ken Wharfe and the late Princess Diana
Ken Wharfe worked for Diana for six years
A former bodyguard to Princess Diana who has revealed details of her private life in a new book, has been criticised by one of Britain's most senior police officers.

Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service Sir John Stevens said he and his colleagues were "appalled" by Ken Wharfe's revelations.

He said Mr Wharfe's actions had broken an "unwritten code of confidence" between police officers and their charges.

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles
The book reveals details of Charles's affair
Mr Wharfe, who was the late princess's security officer for six years, worked for the Metropolitan Police until his retirement earlier this year.

Sir John said: "We are appalled by the revelations of this protection officer.

"It would appear that he has breached the unwritten code of confidence between police officers and the principals that they protect."

Mr Wharfe's book lifts the lid on the years he spent with Diana from 1988-1993.

The book, "Diana: Closely Guarded Secret" which was co-written with Robert Jobson, is being serialised in The Sunday Times.

Royal pressures

Mr Wharfe claimed Diana's good qualities were being "airbrushed from history" to prepare Camilla Parker Bowles for a public role as the Prince of Wales's consort.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "As with any publication attributed to a serving or ex-police officer, the MPS will review it's contents to ensure it is appropriate."

The book goes into details of the troubled relationship between Diana and Prince Charles and the moment the princess knew her marriage was over.

Sir John Stevens
Sir John Stevens says he is "appalled"
After Diana's death in 1997, Mr Wharfe remained within the royal protection squad and undertook a variety of roles "both operational and administrative", the force said.

The book also suggests the pressures of royal life became too much for Diana and she slipped her police protection officers by jumping 20ft from a hotel window while on a 1993 skiing trip in Lech, Austria.

Mr Wharfe's book says it is still a mystery as to what the princess did in the five hours she was away from her officers.

The book also details the romances between Diana and Old Etonian art dealer Oliver Hoare and cavalry officer James Hewitt.

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