(FILES) This file picture taken 06 November 1989 in Jakarta shows Princess of Wales, Diana, listening to children during her visit to the British international school. Ten years after her death in a Paris tunnel on 31 August 1997, Princess Diana shows no sign of retreating into the shadows -- her most enduring legacy the ability, even now, to engage, capture and divide public opinion. AFP PHOTO/FILES/KRAIPUT PHANVUT  TO GO WITH AFP STORY / PACKAGE BRITAIN-ROYALS-DIANA-10YEARS / GB-ROYAUTE-DIANA-10ANS
The documentary is due to be broadcast three weeks before the 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales

Brother of Princess Diana in battle to stop video diary broadcast



The brother of Princess Diana is embroiled in a row over plans to broadcast his sister's video diaries on British television.

Earl Spencer has pleaded with Channel 4 not to show the footage, in which she is said to reveal intimate details of her failed marriage to Prince Charles and criticises British Royal Family.

The 90-minute documentary, Diana: In Her Own Words, is due to be screened on August 6, three weeks before the 20th anniversary of her death.

It shows the Princess of Wales at her most vulnerable and friends of the Earl have revealed he believes broadcasting the videos is a betrayal of her memory and privacy.

He is thought to have contacted Channel 4 on behalf of the Spencer family warning that broadcasting the tapes would cause distress to her sons, Princes William and Harry, according to reports.

However, the broadcaster has refused to back down, claiming the excerpts are "an important historical source", the Mail on Sunday reports.

In a statement, it added: "We carefully considered all the material used in the documentary and, though the recordings were made in private, the subjects covered are a matter of public record and provide a unique insight into the preparations Diana undertook to gain a public voice and tell her own personal story, which culminated in her later interview for Panorama.

"This unique portrait of Diana gives her a voice and places it front and centre at a time when the nation will be reflecting on her life and death."

The footage, which was recorded at Kensington Palace in the early 1990s, has already been aired in the U.S. when NBC broadcast a documentary in 2004.

Ruwais timeline

1971 Abu Dhabi National Oil Company established

1980 Ruwais Housing Complex built, located 10 kilometres away from industrial plants

1982 120,000 bpd capacity Ruwais refinery complex officially inaugurated by the founder of the UAE Sheikh Zayed

1984 Second phase of Ruwais Housing Complex built. Today the 7,000-unit complex houses some 24,000 people.  

1985 The refinery is expanded with the commissioning of a 27,000 b/d hydro cracker complex

2009 Plans announced to build $1.2 billion fertilizer plant in Ruwais, producing urea

2010 Adnoc awards $10bn contracts for expansion of Ruwais refinery, to double capacity from 415,000 bpd

2014 Ruwais 261-outlet shopping mall opens

2014 Production starts at newly expanded Ruwais refinery, providing jet fuel and diesel and allowing the UAE to be self-sufficient for petrol supplies

2014 Etihad Rail begins transportation of sulphur from Shah and Habshan to Ruwais for export

2017 Aldar Academies to operate Adnoc’s schools including in Ruwais from September. Eight schools operate in total within the housing complex.

2018 Adnoc announces plans to invest $3.1 billion on upgrading its Ruwais refinery 

2018 NMC Healthcare selected to manage operations of Ruwais Hospital

2018 Adnoc announces new downstream strategy at event in Abu Dhabi on May 13

Source: The National

Haemoglobin disorders explained

Thalassaemia is part of a family of genetic conditions affecting the blood known as haemoglobin disorders.

Haemoglobin is a substance in the red blood cells that carries oxygen and a lack of it triggers anemia, leaving patients very weak, short of breath and pale.

The most severe type of the condition is typically inherited when both parents are carriers. Those patients often require regular blood transfusions - about 450 of the UAE's 2,000 thalassaemia patients - though frequent transfusions can lead to too much iron in the body and heart and liver problems.

The condition mainly affects people of Mediterranean, South Asian, South-East Asian and Middle Eastern origin. Saudi Arabia recorded 45,892 cases of carriers between 2004 and 2014.

A World Health Organisation study estimated that globally there are at least 950,000 'new carrier couples' every year and annually there are 1.33 million at-risk pregnancies.


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