FAMILY feuds are never easy - especially for those in the public eye, whose complex relationships are often thrust into the spotlight.

And while Meghan Markle seems to be dealing with some pretty hefty dad drama, her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana also had her own family troubles with her mum, Frances Shand Kydd.

The root of Princess Diana and her mother's feud reportedly regarded some of Diana's relationships.

In an interview several years ago, Princess Diana's butler and friend, Paul Burrell recalled a telephone conversation the princess had with Frances, shortly before her death in 1997.

It was said to be about Diana's relationships with heart surgeon Hasnat Khan and businessman Gulu Lalvani.

"I heard her call, 'Paul, come quick'. She was hanging over the banister shouting down," Burrell told the Mirror.

"She waved me over with her hand. I joined her on the floor cross-legged and stuck close beside her. I leant my ear as near to the phone as possible and listened to the conversation - albeit one-way.

"It was the slurring voice of Mrs Frances Shand Kydd. What I heard was a torrent of abuse, swearing and upsetting innuendo towards the Princess and towards the male company she was keeping.

"It was a hate-filled personal attack on the men and their religious beliefs."

Burrell went on to explain that Diana put the phone down, and vowed never to speak to her mother again.

At Diana's inquest, Burrell was asked for details about the phone conversations he had listened to.

Initially, he replied: "Respectfully that's not very kind to a lady who's no longer here."

However, on further probing, Burrell explained: "Well, she called the princess a whore."

Burrell also explained that Diana and Frances - who passed away in 2004 aged 68 - never did speak again.

"How prophetic and sad those words were - because she didn't. It is something her mother will have to live with for the rest of her life."