Showing posts with label PRINCESS DIANA. Show all posts
Showing posts with label PRINCESS DIANA. Show all posts

Monday, May 07, 2018


The Real Princess Diaries

E!’s coverage of the Royal wedding begins on Monday, May 7th at 9p ET/PT with “The Real Princess Diaries: From Diana to Meghan” wedding special, breaking down the future of the modern day Princess through the lives of three trailblazing women: Diana, Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, and Meghan Markle.

The special features a roster of royal, pop culture, and style experts including Karamo Brown (Queer Eye), Michelle Lee (Editor-In-Chief, Allure Magazine), Melanie Bromley, Zanna Roberts Rassi (Senior Fashion Editor, Marie Claire Magazine), Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan (The Fug Girls, “gofugyourself”), and more.

 The special will look at how these modern day royals are redefining what that means through their lifestyles, fashion, philanthropy, and socially. Viewers will also get a chance to look back at how Diana set the standard for future generations, how Kate has carried that torch, and how Meghan will further redefine what the world thinks of the British royal family. These royal insiders will revisit the lavish weddings of Diana and Kate, and make predictions of what’s to come for Meghan’s big day. The special is produced by Wilshire Studios.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


Meghan Markle

E! NEWS -- Meghan Markle is creating a unique spot for herself within the royal family.

With only two months remaining until Prince Harry marries the American actress, there's no doubt Meghan is in full-on prep mode as she prepares to bid civilian life farewell. Today marked her first official appearance alongside Queen Elizabeth II, a major step for someone that just two years ago had not officially met her future husband yet.

Grant Harrold, "The Royal Butler" who is known as Britain's etiquette expert and former royal butler to Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall as well as Prince William and Prince Harry, spoke to E! News exclusively about Meghan's "modern approach" to royalty, what she can still learn from etiquette protocol and the similarities he sees between her and the late Princess Diana.

Harrold, who worked with the royal family for seven years up until 2011, says he was reminded of Princess Diana when Markle stopped to embrace a young schoolgirl during a recent engagement with Harry.

He describes Meghan's gesture as "really, really sweet," but adds it's not "normally" something the Queen would do. "It's something younger people do," Harrold explains, later continuing, "She's got her own way of doing things... You look at the energy of Princess Diana and she was very much somebody that would hug people. She was famous for it, wasn't she?"

At the peak of Princess Diana's global reach, Harrold says, "None of the rest of the royal family hugged. It just wasn't the done thing. Now the younger royals, Princes William and Harry, you see them hugging... So it's their way of doing it. They are very much copying what their mother did, which is fantastic."

Hugging commoners aside, Harrold believes she'll have to give up two very important aspects of the celebrity lifestyle—autographs and selfies. He predicts Meghan will "definitely [be] discouraged" from signing photos of herself for fans and notes that posing for photographs is "obviously a big thing" that royals stray away from.

He explains, "She has to be careful what she says, how she says it, and how it's taken because after the 19th of May, it will be very much the reflection of the royal family. It's every day things—from the way she walks, the way she speaks, the things she does, how she eats, how she holds her cup, how she dresses—everything will be looked at the right way or the wrong way... There will be a lot for her to adapt to."

And unlike Kate Middleton, who grew up in England, Harrold says that coming from the United States puts Meghan at somewhat of a disadvantage.

"It's a different way of life," he remarks, "a different culture, completely different upbringing. So it's probably more difficult that she's got to learn not just about how to be a royal, but also learn the British way of life." But "what's great" for the former Suits star, Harrold adds, is that "she's got a wonderful sister-in-law who she can speak to, follow her lead and watch how she does it."

Additionally, Harrold says she's learning etiquette and protocol "from within," and the royal family has made it "very easy for her to just ask the question as she goes along."

After marrying Prince Harry, he tells E! News Meghan will have the opportunity to "create the rules" regarding etiquette. "They do things how they want to adapt them," Harrold explains. "If it's something she does and if the rest of the family lets her do it, it becomes the done thing and that's it."

Speaking to Prince Harry and Meghan's relationship, Harrold says it makes "complete sense" that the pair found each other. Describing Meghan as "very caring" with a "lovely personality" and passion for charity, he predicts Prince Harry "recognized" many of his own attributes within her.

"Not to mention she's a very pretty girl, and again when two people meet and fall in love who's to say? it's very much a personal thing. As far as the actual personalities go, I think it was a matched made in heaven," Harrold shares.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


Kate Middleton has a interesting story on how Kate Middleton Takes on Charity Work, Embracing Princess Diana’s Legacy.

Kate Middleton was out and about over the weekend supporting various causes and charities around London — a royal role that is becoming part of her daily routine.

The other day, the Duchess of Cambridge was supporting a children’s charity by participating in camping activities.

On Friday night, she attended a charity theater night for 150 kids from one of her personal charities, The Art Room.

There’s still the traditional pomp and circumstance of this Jubilee year to be dealt with, including events like Saturday’s Trooping the Colour, where Kate, her husband Prince William and brother-in-law Prince Harry were all on show.

But it’s the charity work of the young royals that’s beginning to catch the eye.

All three show an awareness of those less fortunate than themselves, which is relevant in these difficult economic times, and something the two princes seem to have inherited from their mother, Princess Diana, who died in a car crash in Paris in 1997.

“She very much wanted to take us away from the royal aspects of life … and get us to see the rawness of life,” Prince William said in an earlier interview. “One of the biggest lessons I learned is just how lucky and privileged so many of us are, particularly myself in the conditions that I live and the lifestyle I lead.”

Both princes have been keen to display their sense of duty with their military careers. And with Prince Harry’s high profile work with kids in Africa, and William’s involvement with the homeless, the echoes of Diana’s legacy are easy to see.

Now Kate is the latest recruit to this generation of royalty embracing charity work.

“I would say that William, Kate and Harry together are like the three musketeers. They’re invincible,” British royals expert Victoria Arbiter said.

Monday, March 31, 2008


The coroner presiding over the inquest into the death of Princess Diana has told a London court there is "no evidence" to suggest she was murdered.The British royal and her boyfriend Dodi Fayed were killed in a Paris, France car crash in 1997.Fayed’s father, business mogul Mohamed Al Fayed, is convinced the couple was murdered, and, during his testimony at the High Court in February, maintained his belief that they were assassinated by British security services acting on the orders of Prince Philip, the husband of British monarch Queen Elizabeth II.The inquest aims to establish whether Diana and Dodi were the victims of an accident, or if they were the targets of an assassination plot headed by the British royal family, as claimed by Al Fayed. However, summing up the inquest for the jury today, Lord Justice Scott Baker dismissed Al Fayed’s claims saying: "Various propositions… have been shown to be so demonstrably without foundation that they are no longer being pursued by Mohamed Al Fayed’s lawyer, even if he still continues to believe in their truth in his own mind."They are not being pursued because there is not a shred of evidence to support them… There is no evidence that the Duke Of Edinburgh (Prince Philip) ordered Diana’s execution, and there is no evidence that the secret intelligence service or any other government agency organized it." Lord Baker also criticised the testimony of Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell, who was recently caught on videotape confessing to holding back information from the inquest.The coroner admitted it was regrettable that there had been some witnesses "who it appears have told lies in the witness box or elsewhere", and named Burrell as one of those who were "liars by their own admission". Lord Baker then gave the jury five verdict options. They included: unlawful killing by grossly negligent driving of the paparazzi in the following vehicles; unlawful killing through the gross negligence of the driver Henri Paul; and unlawful killing by the grossly negligent driving of both the following vehicles and Paul.The members of the jury were also given the choices of accidental death or an open verdict if they feel there is insufficient evidence to reach a majority conclusion.They are likely to be sent out to consider their verdict later this week

Friday, August 31, 2007


Elton John arrives at service

Dapper Prince Harry

Britain's Prince Harry told how his and his brother William's lives had been torn in two by their mother Princess Diana's death. Speaking at the memorial service held to commemorate the tenth anniversary of her passing, the congregation, including the British Royal Family, Earl Spencer and Sir Elton John, were all visibly moved by the young prince's heartfelt speech today. Harry, 22, remembered his mother as his "guardian, friend, protector and the best mother in the world."He said his and William's lives were divided into two parts, a time when they took their loving mother for granted, and the ten years since she died. Movingly, he said he and his older sibling missed her everyday. Harry purposefully mentioned his "loving father" Prince Charles in his speech. He also offered his thoughts to "anyone else who lost someone that day" - a gesture to the Al Fayed family. Diana was tragically killed aged just 36 in a car crash in Paris in the early hours of August 31 1997, along with her lover Dodi Al Fayed. Harry said he and William spoke about Diana every day, and they remembered her as "fun loving, down to earth and genuine" and hoped the world would remember her for "making people happy". During the service at the Guards Chapel in London's Westminster area, William, 25, sat with the royal family, including his father and grandmother Queen Elizabeth, on the left side of the church. Harry sat on the right side with Diana's Brother, Earl Spencer, and the rest of her family.After Harry's frank and moving speech, many of the congregation wiped tears from their eyes, while the crowd gathered outside the church watching on a big screen applauded and wept openly.In his address, the Bishop of London, the Right Reverend Dr. Richard Chartres, remembered Diana for her charitable work.He made a point of chastising those who "use her memory to score points" - an apparent swipe at he behaviour of her former butler Paul Burrell, who was not invited to the service.Reverend Chartres went on to say: "Let us make this service the point at which we let her memory rest in peace."Prince William and Diana's sister Lady Sarah McCorquodale also gave religious readings during the service, and special prayers written especially for the occasion by the Arch Bishop of Canterbury were also read out.Among the guests were Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Sir David Frost, Sir Cliff Richard and Dodi Fayed's sister Camilla.

Sunday, August 26, 2007


DIANA, PRINCESS OF WALES’ former lover JAMES HEWITT has directed a film about his affair with the tragic royal, which will be screened on the eve of the 10th anniversary of her death.The former British Army officer, 49, has directed a docu-drama called My Way to be aired on British TV network Channel 4 in an attempt to convince viewers that he is not the cad he has been branded.The program will see Hewitt starring as himself in the final scene and claims that the couple reconciled seven months before her death in a car crash in Paris on 31 August 1997. A friend of Hewitt says, "James has always said he and Diana did actually speak again after many months of silence."James talks about this in the film and says that Diana called him, and went to see him."There’s one clip in which James reveals that in their final conversations Diana told him she was going to shock the world and ‘marry a big fat black man’. It’s pretty gripping stuff and it makes great television."

Sunday, July 01, 2007


Prince William and Harry on stage today

British royal PRINCE HARRY remembered his embattled pals fighting in Iraq as the London concert dedicated to the memory of his mother got underway on a sombre note today. Harry joined brother Prince William onstage at Wembley Stadium in front of an estimated crowd of 70,000 after Elton John kicked off the Concert For Diana with a stirring rendition of Your Song.The two princes nervously read from handheld cue cards as they thanked the masses for helping them celebrate what would have been their later mother Princess Diana’s 46th birthday. Harry, a then made a point of saluting friends serving in the Middle East. He said, "I would also like to take this opportunity to say hi to all the guys in A Squadron of the Household Cavalry, who are serving out in Iraq at the moment."I wish I was there with you. I’m sorry I can’t be. But, to all of those on operations at the moment, we’d both like to say `Stay safe.’" Security issues forced Harry to abandon plans to join the Household Cavalry regiment in Iraq.The two princes then introduced their late mother’s favourite band, Duran Duran, who dedicated hits Wild Boys to the young royals and Rio to the memory of their mother, who died in a Paris, France car crash in 1997. As well as Elton John and Duran Duran, Tom Jones, Kanye West, Joss Stone and Lily Allen are slated to perform at the tribute concert.

Thursday, June 21, 2007


John Travolta dances with Princess Diana

John Travolta claims his famous dance with the late Princess Diana saved his career.The 'Saturday Night Fever' star admits his roles were few and far between until images of him and the princess swirling around a ballroom in 1985 were shown around the world. John is quoted by Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper as saying: "That was an amazing moment because I was having a dip in my career and no-one was interested in me."Suddenly I was the only thing that mattered in America to Princess Diana and I was reborn. I was like, 'Wow! I matter to someone again.' I was on the cover of every newspaper and magazine in the world and someone as significant as Princess Diana reminded everyone of me. It was a wonderfully special moment of her fulfilling a dream and giving me a new value."The dance took place at the White House after First Lady Nancy Reagan - the wife of then US President Ronald Reagan - took John aside and told him Diana wanted a dance. He then plucked up the courage to ask her to dance as the guests at the glittering gala looked on. He said: "I looked her in the eye and said, 'We're good. I can do this.' "Since his dance with Diana, who was tragically killed in a Paris car crash in 1997, the 53-year-old actor's career has soared. John has starred in the award-winning 'Pulp Fiction', 'Swordfish' and 'Broken Arrow'.

Saturday, June 09, 2007


A new book about the late DIANA, PRINCESS OF WALES claims she married PRINCE CHARLES for his title and lied about throwing herself down the stairs when she was pregnant.The book, which coincides with the tenth anniversary of the princess’ death in a Paris, France car crash in August 1997, has been written by her friend, the New Yorker editor Tina Brown. Among other claims, Brown alleges Diana and Charles had sex on the royal train before they married - and that Charles only cheated on the princess after her eating disorders and hysteria became too much to endure. Other friends of the Princess have denied the claims in the book, which will be released on June 12th in the US and UK.

Friday, April 06, 2007


Lindsay Lohan wants to play Princess Diana in a movie about the late royal's life.The 'Mean Girls' star - whose mother Dina recently compared her to the late princess because she is so harassed by the paparazzi - is a big fan of Diana and would love to portray her in a movie. Lindsay told In Touch Weekly magazine: "It would be fantastic to play her. She gave back a lot and was such an amazing woman."The 20-year-old actress - who left rehab last month after being treated for alcoholism - is also planning to follow in the princess' footsteps by doing some charity work. She said: "I'm going to Japan soon with my friend Charlotte Ronson, who's a designer, and I'm researching some charity work that I can do and visit some orphanages."

Tuesday, April 03, 2007


Elton John Adored Princess Diana

Sir Elton John, Rod Stewart, Kanye West and James Blunt will perform at Princess Diana's tribute concert.The late Diana's sons Princes William and Harry have invited a host of musical stars to appear at this summer's Concert For Diana, including Meatloaf, Bryan Adams, Pharrell Williams, Orson, Joss Stone, Take That and Keane.Elton, who sang at Diana's 1997 funeral, said he was "thrilled" to be taking part. Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon is set to perform a duet with Justin Timberlake. Newly reformed Take That revealed they idolised Diana, who was killed in a Paris car crash in 1997. Mark Owen said: "Princess Diana was such an amazing woman. I think it's lovely the princes want to do something to remember her."Organisers are trying to convince Dire Straits - one of Diana's favourite bands - to appear and the Spice Girls are also rumored to be reuniting for a special performance. The concert will take place at the new Wembley Stadium on July 1 - which would have been Diana's 46th birthday. Prince William said: "We want it to represent exactly what our mother would have wanted. A church service wasn't enough. We wanted this big concert full of energy, fun and happiness. It has to be the best birthday present she ever had."Tickets for the event sold out within 20 minutes last December. Money raised from the event will go to several charities, including the Diana Memorial Fund.