Princess Diana’s heartbreaking admission before engagement: ‘Sword went into my heart’

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PRINCESS DIANA felt like having a “sword in her heart” after a policeman warned her about the reality of life in the Royal Family the night before she got engaged to Prince Charles.

The People’s Princess candidly spoke about her engagement to Charles in a series of taped private speech coach sessions which have since been released. Diana was only 19 when she married the future King during a televised ceremony in 1981. It remains one of the most watched TV events in history and made Diana one of the world’s most recognisable figures – even after her divorce and subsequent death in 1997.

In a vivid portrait of her troubled union with the Prince, she recalled something that was said to her the night before her engagement in a series of tapes to royal biographer Andrew Morton – later published in 1992 biography “Diana: Her True Story”.

She said: “I had left my flat for the last time.

“Suddenly I had a policeman and the night before the engagement he said to me: ‘I just want you to know that this is your last night of freedom ever in the rest of your life, so make the most of it.’

“It was like a sword went into my heart.”

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Princess Diana’s heartbreaking admission before engagement: ‘Sword went into my heart’ (Image: GETTY)

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Princess Diana’s engagement ring (Image: GETTY)

During the engagement announcement the next day, Diana was all smiles, but in the tapes, the Princess of Wales actually confessed her love affair with Charles was a huge disappointment from the start.

She said: “I was brought up in the sense that you know, when you got engaged to someone, you loved them.

“The most extraordinary thing is we had this ghastly interview the day we announced our engagement and this ridiculous ITN man said: ‘Are you in love?’

“I thought what a thick question so I said, ‘Yes, of course we are,’ in the sort of Sloane Ranger I was.

“Charles turned round and said: ‘Whatever in love means’.

“That threw me completely.

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Princess Diana and Prince Charles (Image: GETTY)

Probed on whether she confronted the Prince of Wales on his comment, she noted: “No, I didn’t dare. I must have been, yeah, frightened.

“We met 13 times before we got married!”

Diana tragically died in a Paris car crash in 1997, one year after her divorce from Charles was finalised.

Her legacy lives on through her two sons – William and Harry – who are both happily married to Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle.

Princes William and Harry stood shoulder-to-shoulder at the unveiling of her statue statue last month.

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Princes William and Harry at the unveiling of Princess Diana’s statue (Image: GETTY)

While the two tried to put a united front to honour their mother’s 60th birthday, the brothers did not seem to engage too much with one another.

The meeting came after Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, unleashed a string of explosive claims against the Royal Family in an interview with Oprah – including that the Duchess had faced racism and was not supported when she struggled with her mental health.

The Duke of Sussex also admitted during the interview that the relationship between him and his brother is now “space”.

Princess Diana’s life with the Windsors will also be explored in tonight’s Channel 5 documentary ‘When the Spencers met the Monarchy’ from 7pm tonight.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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