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Princess Diana's former lover says he was relieved to learn a videotape that purportedly showed them horsing around was a fake. But, James Hewitt says, the horseplay on the tape could have been the real thing.

The 80-second tape showed a Diana look-alike stripping to shorts and a sports bra, passionately kissing the faux-Hewitt, riding on his back and playfully fighting with cushions.

The Sun, Britain's largest-circulation tabloid, published shots from the video Tuesday but admitted on Wednesday that it was the victim of a hoax.

"I was concerned that it might be real," Hewitt said Friday in an interview with "Inside Edition," a syndicated tabloid TV show. "When I was able to establish that it wasn't me, I was very relieved, yes."

But Hewitt, a retired army major who was Diana's riding instructor, said the frolicking on the videotape was typical of the fun they had during their affair.

"I'm not going to deny the fact that, you know, we conducted a relationship in a normal way, and perhaps there were incidents like that or similar to that anyway that could have happened," he said in the interview, to air Monday in the United States.

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