PRINCESS DIANA managed to get her own back on her friend with a cheeky prank in retaliation for a joke he played on her, he has revealed.
Dr James Colthurst, a close confidant and old friend of Diana’s, told the Daily Mail last year how he tied a string of tins to her new car so that she drove out onto the street with them clanging behind her. He recalled how Diana responded with her characteristic sense of humour and decided to get her own back. She rang him that evening and asked him how his car was.
When he looked out of the window he saw that she had covered it in eggs and flour.
Dr Colthurst said: “When she bought her first car, a blue Honda Civic, I went round to Diana’s house with my flatmate at about 11pm and put two L-plates on the car and then tied a string of tins underneath with enough slack for her to get out of the parking space without disturbing the string, so that when she drove onto Old Brompton Road she was trailing a line of tins behind her.
“That evening she rang up and I said, ‘How’s your car?’ and she said, ‘My car’s fine, how’s yours?’
“I moved to the window and saw my car under the streetlight covered in flour with eggs on top.
Princess Diana got back at her friend for his prank on her car with a little prank of her own (Image: GETTY)
Princess Diana getting into her car in 1980 (Image: GETTY)
“I had to wash it off quickly, because it goes quite hard. That was fairly much Diana’s line of fun.”
Dr Colthurst recalled Diana’s wit and way with words, insisting she was “great at one-liners” and that her way of phrasing things was “funny”.
For example, he said, one time when they were on a skiing holiday together he fell asleep with his mouth open and she made a joke at his expense.
Diana apparently quipped: “Gosh, James would be a real wower in a goldfish bowl, wouldn’t he?”
Diana’s friends knew her for her great sense of humour (Image: GETTY)
However, James was not the only friend who remembered Diana for her sense of humour and fun.
Her personal trainer Carolan Brown recalled how she used to play pranks on Princess Michael of Kent, because she didn’t like stuffiness and always thought Princess Michael was very regal.
This was backed up by healer Simone Simmons, who recalled her and Diana’s “mischievous” behaviour, looking out of the window at Princess Michael with bright green facemasks on.
Diana’s other personal trainer, Jenni Rivett, also loved Diana’s humour, describing one particular occasion when she caught her laughing with Hugh Grant and Simon Le Bon in the gym as she showed them how flexible she was.
Diana’s personal trainer Jenni Rivett (Image: YouTube – YOUMAGAZINETV / GETTY)
Royal photographer Jayne Fincher, who worked with the Royal Family for over 20 years, recalled how in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Diana used to wander back from first class on long-haul flights to chat with people.
She said “She always had a joke up her sleeve and used to tell quite a few dirty ones.
“She had a really funny laugh too, it came right from her stomach.
“Once she saw something funny she was off. That was quite incredible at the time, because royals did not do that.”
Michael Cole, former BBC royal correspondent and former director of Harrods, claimed that Diana could “rarely resist a bit of devilment”.
He recounted one such occasion when he was at a photocall with Prince Charles, Diana, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson on a skiing holiday.
The four of them were all standing in a line and the shot was not too exciting, until Diana said “let’s have a go” and she and Sarah ‒ also known as Fergie ‒ started to push each other onto the snow.
This “horrified” their royal husbands, but the cameramen loved it.
Princess Diana laughing with her two sons William and Harry (Image: GETTY)
Former royal private secretary Patrick Jephson, meanwhile, remembered the banter Diana had with a US Secret Service bodyguard one night.
He said: “She leaned forward and prodded the secret service agent. Under his tuxedo you could see a shape under his shirt.
“She said ‘What’s that?’ and the guy said, ‘Bulletproof vest, Ma’am’.
“She stepped back in mock horror and siad, ‘Shouldn’t I be wearing that?’ That was just typical of her.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK