Selina Scott says palace officials asked her to “befriend” Princess Diana

Selina Scott says palace officials asked her to “befriend” Princess Diana

Selina Scott says Buckingham Palace officials asked her to befriend Princess Diana and guide the late royal through the “media jungle.”

In a new article, Bbc Breakfast Time The presenter, Scott, 71, recalled his time working for the BBC and detailed his relationship with the then Princess of Wales.

Scott explained that her appearance was often compared to Diana’s, and she was often referred to as Diana, when presenting the bbc breakfast show in 1983, at age 31.

Discussing his relationship with Diana, Scott wrote in the daily mail on Friday (January 20): “Princess Diana did not appear in Breakfast timebut she was a fan and visited the studios.”

“He once told me: ‘People say you look like me.’ They were just joking and she laughed.”

Scott claimed that a senior royal official asked him to help Diana manage the press attention she was facing.

“After her visit, Michael Shea, the Queen’s press secretary, asked me if I would befriend Diana and guide her through the pitfalls of the media jungle.”

the independent has contacted Buckingham Palace for comment.

Scott continued in the article: “He had watched the torrid time I had with the press and that she was going through, and thought my experience would be useful to her.”

Diana, Princess of Wales, and the then-Prince Charles announced their separation in 1992

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Diana, Princess of Wales, and then-Prince Charles announced their separation in 1992.


Explaining why she turned down the palace’s offer, Scott wrote that she was “very busy” with her own life at the time. She continued: “Since she was also catnip for the paparazzi, I didn’t think I was in a better position to help her.”

In his new memoirs, Replacementwhich premiered on January 10, Prince Harry has spoken out against the paparazzi’s treatment of his mother before her death.

The Duke of Sussex expressed his sorrowful feelings after his mother was killed in a car accident in Paris in 1997, at the age of 36. Harry was 12 years old at the time of Diana’s death. He wrote in his memoir that the smell of Princess Diana’s perfume helped him cope with her death.

He went on to point out how his therapist urged him to reflect on what he remembered about his mother, including “bedtimes at Kensington Palace”, when he went from “inhaling her perfume” to “lying in bed”.

“We’re making progress,” Harry’s therapist told him. “Let’s not stop there.”

The royal then revealed that during one of her therapy sessions, she brought “a bottle of mom’s favorite perfume to the office,” before explaining how it felt to smell it.

“First, by Van Cleef & Arpels. At the beginning of our session, I lifted the lid, took a deep sniff. Like an LSD tab,” she wrote.

Harry went on to describe some of the memories that came back to him after smelling the perfume.

“I remember one day in Ludgrove, mom put candy in my sock,” she wrote. “Outdoor candy was off limits, so Mom was making fun of the school rules, laughing at her while she did it, which made me love her even more.

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