Princess Diana’s former associates, including her butler and bodyguard, have revealed that the Princess of Wales had found a home she loved in America and was considering making a documentary. This revelation comes at a time when Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, have just released a new trailer for part two of their Netflix documentary series, which explores why the couple stepped down as working royals and moved to the US.
Lee Sansum, Princess Diana’s former bodyguard, wrote in his memoir that the royal had been getting ready to make an announcement to the press that she was moving to America.
He claimed: “She told 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.'”
Mr. Sansum also revealed that he had asked her if Prince William and Prince Harry would join her in the US, but Princess Diana explained that she would not be allowed to take them away from the Royal Family.
She reportedly said to the bodyguard: “I will probably only be able to see them in the school holidays.”
Paul Burrell, Princess Diana’s former butler, also told CBS news that the royal had been planning to live in California, which is where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle currently reside.
He said: “I remember she set out in her sitting room, the plans of a home in Malibu, California, the former home of Julie Andrews.
“She said to me ‘I’m buying this house and buying this house to give William and Harry a new perspective on life’.”
According to Me Burrell, Princess Diana loved America due to its lack of focus on class and she reportedly told him “nobody’s judgmental here in America”.
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Dodi Fayed, Princess Diana’s romantic partner who was also killed in the same car crash as the royal, bought the $7.5 million (£6,108,300) estate in June, two months before his death.
He was reportedly planning to live with the Princess there, as the Tuscan-style villa was secluded while also overlooking the Pacific.
Lord David Puttnam, an Oscar-winning film producer who was a reported friend of the Princess, has said he was in conversation with Dodi about possibly working on movies or documentaries.
He said: “I do not know how serious Dodi was about fulfilling his practice as a producer. These were just possibilities being discussed.
“I don’t know who [Princess Diana] was speaking to. But she asked me: ‘Do you think this is a good idea, and spoke about documentaries and about major movie features.’
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Stewart Pearce, a spiritualist who worked for Princess Diana, has also claimed the royal wished to work on documentaries, but felt more comfortable behind the scenes.
Mr Pearce claims Princess Diana was in contact with actor Kevin Costner who had asked her to star in a sequel to The Bodyguard.
He said: “I do remember her talking about the whimsey of the wonderful idea of Kevin [Costner] stepping forward saying we would love to make a movie about you.
“She would have stayed behind the lens. I was very fortunate to attend a number of private parties where we went to theaters. She knew she was much better as a person behind the camera rather than in front of the camera.”
When asked if he thought Princess Diana could have won awards for her filmmaking, Mr Pearce answered: “I am sure it would have been very easy for her to gain achievements.”