ICONIC broadcaster Angela Rippon was one of two lucky journalists to interview Princess Diana and Prince Charles ahead of their wedding day. This is the royal secret Diana let Angela into ahead of the big day.
Princess Diana and Prince Charles tied the knot at St Paul’s Cathedral on July 29, 1981. The spectacular nuptials were dubbed “The wedding of the century” and BBC journalist Angela Rippon got to interview the couple for TV days before they were married.
While Prince Charles and Diana’s marriage didn’t last and the couple divorced in 1996, their wedding remains etched on the minds of royal fans who watched it.
Princess Diana’s stunning wedding dress was a sight for sore eyes.
The gown was made from ivory silk taffeta and antique lace gown and had an impressive 25-foot long train.
The iconic dress was valued at £151,000 and following the wedding it became world-famous, but ahead of the nuptials it was a closely-guarded royal secret.
Angela Rippon and Princess Diana The royal secret she shared with Angela before wedding (Image GETTY)
Angela Rippon and Princess Diana: The dress was kept secret before the wedding (Image: GETTY)
Ms Ripon was firmly instructed not to ask Diana about the dress during their interview.
Speaking on Channel 5 documentary, Charles and Di: The Truth Behind Their Wedding, she recalled: “Andrew and I were called into the office of Michael Shea who was the Queen’s press secretary at that time.
“He was sat behind his very large antique desk and said: ‘You realise you know, you can only ask the questions that we have agreed.’
“And then he leant across his desk and he went: ‘And you will not mention the dress.’”
Angela Rippon and Princess Diana: Diana’s dress is worth £151,000 (Image: GETTY)
Mr Shea, who died in 2009, is said to have told the interviewers: “If you ask a question which I feel is inappropriate, should not be asked or you are taking the interview in a direction that we have not agreed, I will stop the interview.”
But despite Mr Shea’s claims to keep details about the dress secret, the rebellious Princess of Wales bent the rules for Angela off-camera, she has claimed.
Angela recalls: “I remember when it was over, Prince Charles very kindly said, ‘Well, would you like to come up and have a cup of tea with us?’ So, we trotted off to the private apartments.”
Princess Di reportedly gushed over her dress once Mr Shea had left the room.
Ms Rippon recalled: “She clasped her hands together and she said: ‘Oh Angela, I had my last fitting just a few days ago in the workroom, and when I put the dress on, all the girls in the workroom, they all applauded and cried and said ‘Oh ma’am, you look just like a fairy princess.’’”
Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s marriage came to a spectacular end after Diana gave an explosive interview to the BBC’s Panorama show in 1995.
In she opened up about Charles’s affair with Camilla Parker Bowles.
The couple officially split a year later and in 1997 the Princess was killed in a tragic car crash in Paris.
Angela Rippon and Princess Diana: They divorced in 1996 (Image: GETTY)
Reflecting on the iconic prenuptial interview Ms Rippon spotted warnings signs the relationship was not meant to last.
She said: “When I say ‘wishing you a lifetime of happiness together’, he looks towards her and she looks down at the floor.
“Goodness, maybe we should have read so much more into to that five seconds at the end of the interview.
“That expression on Diana’s face at the end speaks volumes… gosh.
“Might have told so much more about what was to come.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK