PRINCESS DIANA went to the Queen for help after a simple request to Prince Charles resulted in a brutal comment.
The Princess of Wales asked her husband if she could go to Grace Kelly’s funeral in 1982. Diana had met Princess Grace about 18 months before at a musical recital in 1981, a week after Diana’s engagement to Charles was announced. Grace kindly took the 19-year-old aside for a chat and Diana later said she was always “sweet” to her.
What’s more, the pair had a lot in common: they were both glamorous young women who took the world by storm when they married a royal, the Prince of Wales and Prince Rainier II of Monaco respectively.
When she heard the tragic news that Grace had died in a car crash, Diana told Charles she wanted to go to the funeral to represent the Queen and pay her respects, but he said he saw no reason why she should go.
In Diana’s taped recordings, first released in 2017 for the documentary ‘Diana: In Her Own Words’, Diana explained what she told Charles.
She said: “Well, I think it’s important, because she was an outsider who married into a big family, and I’ve done the same, so it would feel right.”
Princess Diana went to the Queen after a brutal comment from Charles (Image: GETTY)
Grace Kelly was a Hollywood star before she married into royalty (Image: GETTY)
However, after his less-than-satisfactory response, she went to the Queen with her request.
Diana said in the tapes: “So I went to the Queen and I said: ‘You know, I’d like to do this’, and she said: ‘I don’t see why not. If you want to do this, you can’.
“I went there, I did my bit, came back and everyone was all over me like a bad rash: ‘Oh, you did so well!’
“And I thought: ‘Well, interesting.’”
Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana (Image: GETTY)
Princess Grace died aged just 52 after suffering a stroke while driving.
As a result, she failed to take a sharp corner on the serpentine D37 outside Monaco and drove off the steep, winding road and down the 37m mountainside.
Her daughter Stephanie survived the crash, but Grace suffered severe injuries and later died.
Her funeral was held at the Cathedral of Our Lady Immaculate in Monaco-Ville on September 18, 1982.
Princess Grace’s funeral (Image: GETTY)
Over 400 people attended, including famous faces like Hollywood star Cary Grant, US First Lady Nancy Reagan, French First Lady Danielle Mitterand and the Empress Farah of Iran.
Diana dressed in a demure black dress and was reportedly the centre of attention and did not put a foot wrong.
At the reception afterwards, she spoke to Princess Caroline of Monaco about her mother, telling her: “We were physically connected.”
At the time she attended her funeral, Diana could not have possibly known that she would also die in a car crash ‒ this time, in Paris in August 1997 aged just 36.
In the tapes, Diana recalled that first meeting with Grace, when she gave her a pep talk in the ladies’ toilets.
It was March 3, 1982 and Diana was on her first outing as Charles’ fiancée at Goldmsith’s Hall.
She was feeling rather overwhelmed by the experience, especially as she was feeling self-conscious in the black dress she was wearing, which she admitted was “two sizes too small”.
Earlier that night, Charles had slammed her fashion choice, insisting that people only wear black to funerals.
Princess Diana met Grace at a musical recital in 1981 (Image: GETTY)
Noticing her stress, Grace took Diana aside and she opened up to her about her feelings of isolation and anxiety.
Grace patted her cheeks and said: “Don’t worry dear, it’ll only get worse.”
Diana said in the tapes: “It was a horrendous situation. I didn’t know whether to go out of the door first, I didn’t know whether your handbag should be in your left or right hand.
Princess Grace and her daughter Caroline (Image: GETTY)
“I was terrified really ‒ at the time, everything was all over the place.
“I remember that evening so well. I was terrified ‒ nearly sick.”
In this way, Grace saved the day and Diana always felt they had a deep connection ever since that day.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK