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Inside the tragic life of the former Corrie star who made a fortune from the Diana Tapes


Peter Settelen lives as a loner after death of four-year-old daughter and estrangement from wife and siblings

Voice coach Peter Settelen cashed in on videos he shot of Princess Di revealing her innermost thoughts, and they were used in last night’s Channel 4 documentary.

Princess Diana’s former voice coach Peter Settelen lives a life of isolation after cutting off contact with friends and family

Princess Diana’s former voice coach Peter Settelen lives a life of isolation after cutting off contact with friends and family

Settelen helped Diana practise public speaking and later made a fortune selling tapes he’d made

Settelen helped Diana practise public speaking and later made a fortune selling tapes he’d made

But he lives as a loner following the death of his four-year-old daughter Ellie in January 2000.

Former friends revealed Settelen, 65, is separated from wife Sarah and estranged from his siblings.

And brother Max-Hugh, 59, said: “The last time I spoke to him was at my father’s funeral 12 years ago.

“We’re not close anymore and he doesn’t talk to my sister either. One of the problems between us was he lost his daughter.”

The 65-year-old has split from his wife and doesn’t speak to his brother or sister

The 65-year-old has split from his wife and doesn’t speak to his brother or sister

Official trailer for Diana: In Her Own Words

Ellie was born with severe cerebral palsy and died after being rushed to hospital with pneumonia.

As nurses unplugged her breathing tubes, he scooped her up with the words “Come to Daddy”, his wife revealed.

Sarah, 55, recalled in 2010: “I wanted to hold her too but I couldn’t do it straight away because holding her body meant accepting her death and I wasn’t ready.”

A former close pal from Settelen’s acting days told how he cut him out of his life after Ellie’s birth.

The ex-Corrie star became increasingly withdrawn after the death of his four-year-old daughter

The ex-Corrie star became increasingly withdrawn after the death of his four-year-old daughter

The voice coach 'was paid well for his work with Di' and made even more money after she died, says a source

The voice coach 'was paid well for his work with Di' and made even more money after she died, says a source

Settelen told him he would be dedicating his life to his daughter and “had limited time to devote to friends”.

The pal said: “It is one of the most shocking things that has ever ­happened to me.”

Two years after Ellie’s death, charity worker Sarah was volunteering in a Russian orphanage when she met a three-year-old girl who also had cerebral palsy.

In an emotional call to her husband he told her: “You have to bring her home.”

The Princess Di revealed her deepest thoughts to Settelen during their sessions

The Princess Di revealed her deepest thoughts to Settelen during their sessions

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They adopted her the following year. But Settelen was becoming increasingly withdrawn.

Last week he cut a lonely figure near his £713,000 home in Hampton, South West London.

His wife has a nearby £690,000 house she bought without a mortgage.

Settelen, who helped Diana practise public speaking in the early 1990s, first sold his tapes to American TV network NBC for around £500,000.

Settelen first sold the tapes to American TV network NBC for around £500,000

Settelen first sold the tapes to American TV network NBC for around £500,000

The tapes were broadcast last night in the Channel 4 documentary Diana: In Her Own Words

The tapes were broadcast last night in the Channel 4 documentary Diana: In Her Own Words

It is not known how much ­Settelen, who appeared briefly in Coronation Street, has received for the latest deal.

A source said: “He was paid well for his work with Di and he’s made a fortune since her death.”

Max-Hugh, who now lives in Ontario, Canada, believes his brother’s success contributed to his isolation.

He said: “If suddenly part of the family becomes very wealthy, they don’t talk to the others.

Settelen now lives in a £713,000 home in Hampton, South West London

Settelen now lives in a £713,000 home in Hampton, South West London

“Not that I’m begging for money. I’m not wealthy but I don’t need any money.

“His wife inherited two apartment buildings in Covent Garden so she is very, very wealthy.

“Through this stuff he obviously has made quite a bit of money and he’ll make some more.”

Settelen’s sister Jacqueline, 63, of Godalming, Surrey, said: “We’re not in contact.”

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Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4185132/tragic-life-princess-diana-voice-coach-peter-settelen-who-sold-diana-tapes/

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