Princess Diana was planning to move to the United States with out her sons simply weeks before she died, certainly one of her former bodyguards claims.
In his memoir, Protecting Diana: A Bodyguard’s Story, Lee Sansum recounts how the princess was about to inform the paparazzi of her plans to move to America in an effort to defend William and Harry from the press as they vacationed with her boyfriend, Dodi Al-Fayed, in St Tropez in July 1997.
The household was staying on businessman Mohammed Al-Fayed’s luxurious yacht as paparazzi swarmed the boat each day, in accordance to Sansum, who regarded over the royals throughout their journey.
‘The press have been the bane of her life in all places, not simply in St. Tropez,’ Sansum writes. ‘And she stated to me, “There is nothing I can do in the UK. The papers there attack me no matter what I do.”
‘Then she advised me: “I want to go to the US and live there so I can get away from it all. At least in America, they like me and will leave me alone.”‘
At that time, Sansum stated he remembers asking Diana if her sons could be becoming a member of her, to which she defined she would by no means be allowed to take them from their royal duties.
If she moved, Diana reportedly stated, ‘I’ll most likely solely give you the option to see them within the college holidays.’
As Sansum writes in his memoir: ‘You might inform Diana was a beautiful mom, so loving and attentive to her two boys, nevertheless it regarded as if she may need to go away them each behind within the UK to escape from the press, who hounded her relentlessly each single day of her life.
‘It was additionally to free them from all the eye they obtained when she was with them.’
Finally, after just a few days into the holiday, Sansum writes, Diana introduced she was off to inform the press she was leaving the UK for good.
‘I was alarmed as a result of if we thought the press pack outdoors was big now, only for her vacation, it could most likely go up ten-fold if she gave them a narrative as massive as this one,’ Sansum recounts.
‘The place could be swarming with paps, determined to get footage of the princess who was about to go away all of it behind to run off to America.’
Sansum stated the princess did, certainly, go discuss to the press that day — however didn’t wind up saying something a couple of potential move to the US.
Despite her complaints concerning the press, Diana was identified for collaborating with most popular reporters and photographers, and would usually tip them off as to her whereabouts if she needed to be photographed.
In Sansum’s ebook, the previous navy contractor fights again towards claims that Diana was mentally unstable within the weeks main up to her August 1997 death in a Paris automotive crash which additionally killed Dodi.
‘I can let you know that I spent 10 days shut to her, and she was one of the crucial balanced individuals I’ve ever met,’ Sansum writes, including: ‘I ought to know. I’m educated to spot if somebody is unbalanced, it is a part of my job.
‘You search for indicators that folks give when they’re beneath stress as a result of it means they could be about to do one thing,’ he defined, however famous: ‘Diana wasn’t excessively offended or uncontrolled. She was regular and very deliberate.’
Sansum additionally dismisses claims that her relationship with Dodi Al-Fayed was only a summer time fling to make her ex-boyfriend, Dr Hasnat Khan, jealous.
‘They have been actually pleasant and affectionate in direction of each other,’ Sansum stated of the princess’s relationship with the movie producer. ‘The guys on the safety staff all thought it was sport on and would develop right into a critical relationship.
‘You would not see the kissing in public, so some individuals misinterpret that as if it wasn’t a romantic relationship,’ he notes, ‘however her boys have been usually round and the paparazzi have been all the time there too, in order that naturally made them extra cautious and much less demonstrative to each other.
Sansum went on to write that it was simply by probability he was not assigned to take care of Diana and Dodi as they frolicked in Paris on the finish of August 1997.
Instead, he writes, his good buddy Trevor Rees-Jones was tasked with the job and was badly injured within the automotive accident that killed driver Henri Paul, Dodi and Diana.
Paul had been dashing as he drove beneath the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in an effort to outrun photographers who had been following their automobile.
Sansum described the princess in his ebook as ‘one of many nicest individuals you could possibly meet.
‘She was beautiful, actually, only a regular one who clearly liked her boys,’ he wrote.