‘The day the Queen asked me if Diana was okay’ – Princess’s friend
ONE of Diana’s closest friends has revealed how the Queen contacted him to discuss the Princess’s marital problems.
Harry Herbert, whose father Lord Carnarvon was the Queen’s racing manager, said the monarch demanded the meeting because she was so concerned about her daughter-in-law’s wellbeing.
“I had a talk to the Queen about it at Balmoral,” he told the ITV documentary.
The pair went for a walk together and were overlooking the castle in the Scottish Highlands when the “important” and “very personal” chat took place.
“The Queen wanted to talk to me about it because she was so worried about Diana.
“[She] wanted to know how was Diana feeling, and was it as bad as it was.”
He added: “It was a sad discussion, a sad moment really because that was everything at its worst.”
Mr Herbert, 58, first met Diana when they were both teenagers, describing her as “a vision of beauty, full of laughter and energy”.
They remained close friends until her death in a Paris car crash on August 31, 1997.
He revealed how Princes William and Harry would always cheer the Princess up when she was at her lowest ebb during her separation and subsequent divorce from Prince Charles in 1996.
“I remember going to see Diana in Kensington Palace when things weren’t particularly easy in her married life.
“And, suddenly, these two boys came thundering round the corner in their dressing-gowns… and just watching her face light up, going from sad chat to suddenly boof! I’ll never forget that moment, and them crawling all over her.
“Through all the difficulty of other stuff at that time, you could see the most important thing in her life were her boys.”
He said seeing William and Harry today reminded him of Diana.
“It makes me smile when you turn on the telly and see that Harry’s been a bit wicked doing something. That’s great, because that’s Diana. And you see William’s smile or you see the way that they react to people and that’s their mother.”
Another friend from childhood, William van Straubenzee, revealed how awkward Diana was as a teenager.
“She was shy and she was pretty unsure of herself and pretty naive and quite gullible really,” he said.
“She was quite easy to tease but she took it in incredibly good spirits. But you had no inkling of what sort of person she was going to be. You know, wandering around in jerseys covered in hippos and jeans and slobbing around and she pinched my shirts quite often because she thought that that was quite a good thing to do.
“Whenever you saw her alone she would have picked up some trashy romantic novel. You know, she was a bit of a dreamer. There was a side to her which wished that somebody would sweep her off her feet.”
Mr van Straubenzee, whose nephew Tom is close friends with Prince William and also Princess Charlotte’s godfather, added: “People used to say to me, ‘Were you ever in love with Diana?’ And my answer is of course I was in love with Diana, everybody in the world was in love with Diana. I mean every person of every age group of any s*x or denomination or anything that knew of her, was in love with her.”
Although Diana’s brother Earl Spencer recognised how much she had “blossomed” into a “pretty young thing”, even he failed to realise how famous she would become after marrying Prince Charles at the age of 20 in 1981.
He said: “I remember on the wedding day going back to my mother’s flat after the wedding and thinking, ‘Well, that’s done so we’ll all move on now’, not realising that she had just become a sort of global superstar.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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