Princess Diana ‘was getting a bit eccentric’ claims Queen’s former Private Secretary
The Princess of Wales married Prince Charles in 1981 – becoming a member of the Royal Family. The pair had two children together – Prince William and Prince Harry. Princess Diana later divorced from her husband Prince Charles in 1996.
Sir William Heseltine served as Private Secretary for the Queen from 1986 to 1990.
In an interview for The Royals in Australia, a book by Juliet Rieden, Sir Heseltine recalled his experience working with Diana and Her Majesty.
Speaking about the Prince and Princess of Wales, Sir William said: “It was obvious that the marriage was under strain.
“I said, ‘How are you?’ And she said well, it was difficult, ‘but I’m going to stick it out’.”
Sir William said he frequently advised the late princess to go to the Queen about any problems.
He added: “By the time I was leaving, Diana was getting a bit eccentric and the Queen a bit critical.”
Sir William worked closely with the Windsors during his time as Private Secretary and is said to have formed a strong relationship with Princess Diana.
He reportedly watched “with sympathy” when her marriage with Prince Charles came to an end.
Princess Diana was tragically killed in a car crash in Paris in 1997.
In the interview for the book The Royals in Australia, Sir William also spoke about how he wanted to introduce elements of informality into royal public appearances.
He recalled how film cameras were allowed to follow the royals for the production of the documentary ‘Royal Family’.
The former Private Secretary claimed that Prince Philip disliked being filmed but the Queen was “a reluctant convert”.
Sir William said: “[The Queen] became much more aware of the possibilities and of what was required and was prepared to participate when it came to actual filming.
“The criticism that some people made of it was… if you made a film of this kind, how could you possibly object to paparazzi following them at weekends?
“And that seemed to me a silly argument. At that time, universal access to television was looming and could you imagine not appearing on television?… Why not do it on your terms rather than somebody else’s?”
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