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Peter Settelen (born 23 September 1951) is a British actor and voice coach, known for helping Diana, Princess of Wales, improve her public speaking skills.

Peter Settelen
Born (1951-09-23) 23 September 1951 (age 67)
OccupationActor, voice coach
Known forHelping Princess Diana improve her public speaking skills


Early lifeEdit

Settelen was born in London. He worked as an actor, including a role in three episodes of the soap opera Coronation Street, before becoming a voice coach.[1]

Princess DianaEdit

He was commissioned between 1992 and 1993 to help Diana, Princess of Wales, to develop her public speaking voice,[2] having been introduced to her by her personal fitness instructor, Carolan Brown.[1] Settelen video taped Diana talking about her private life.[2][3] Following her death, the tapes were seized by the Metropolitan Police in a 2001 raid on the home of the Princess' butler, Paul Burrell.[2] Ownership of the tapes was contested by her brother, Earl Spencer, but they were returned to Settelen in 2004.[2] Extracts from the tapes were screened by American broadcaster NBC later the same year, in a programme called Diana Revealed.[1][2] In August 2017, extracts from the tapes were screened by Channel 4 television.[2][4]


Year Title Role Notes
1977 A Bridge Too Far Lieutenant Cole
1978 The One and Only Phyllis Dixey Father McGuire TV movie


  • Just Talk To Me... from Private Voice to Public Speaker. Harper Collins. 1995. ISBN 9780722530054.


  1. ^ a b c Bloomfield, Steve; Buncombe, Andrew (28 November 2004). "Widow of Diana's minder makes plea to be left alone". The Independent.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Diana tapes filmed by voice coach to air on Channel 4 documentary". The Guardian. 24 July 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Tapes reveal more from Princess Diana". 30 November 2004. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Diana: In Her Own Words".  . 6 August 2017. Channel 4. Retrieved 6 August 2017.

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