“We just had an informal chat, just on what the weather was like and then suddenly, she said, “Colin, what are you doing?”
“She explained to me exactly what she was looking for, a driver/minder.
“And I said, “Well, certainly, ma’am, we could probably work that out.”
Princess Diana, the Princess of Wales
Princess Diana watching Prince Charles Play Polo on April 03, 1983.
“We used to call her ‘the boss’.”
Colin, from Chichester, West Sussex, says: “ I thought, ‘The most beautiful woman in the world is talking to me in the yard’.
“I went in to see her with the Private Secretary. I was captivated.”
Diana was building up her staff and Colin was happy to work for her but wanted to be freelance and not part of the Palace staff.
He says: “So I mumbled out a ridiculously low price to which she said, ‘Oh wonderful, can you start tomorrow?’ I was actually paid a little bit more than I’d asked for.”
For the occasional engagements where back-up was needed, Colin used two former protection officers.
He says: “I rang both my guys and told them we’d got a new client – the Princess of Wales.
“I told them the rate of pay wasn’t great, then came an amazing reply – ‘We’d do that for nothing’.”
Colin dismisses all the conspiracy theories about Diana’s death, saying: “It was an accident – you will never convince me any other way.
“It would have been totally different if she had been in London. I had a team of two – we would have been always there.”
And he adds: “In my opinion she was enjoying life – and life was good working with her.”
Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones and driver Henri Paul.
This tragic event will stay with him forever.
Mr Tebbutt recalled about Princess Diana’s schedule who was to arrive back in the UK on Thursday but stayed longer than usual in Paris.
He said: “She didn’t come back on the Thursday as scheduled because the Tories were having a go at her again over landmines.
“She was accused of using the campaign to boost her own image, which was nasty and upset her. So she contacted us and said she didn’t want all the hassle that would be waiting for her in the UK. She would return at the weekend instead.
“If she had come back that Thursday…maybe we’d all be alive still today.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK