The friend revealed that Diana was “blubbering” to her on the phone, saying she loved Charles all along and didn’t want to stop being his wife.
Before the explosive 1995 interview, Princess Diana and Prince Charles had been separated for three years. But, that tell-all interview was the final straw for Queen Elizabeth II, who demanded that the couple get divorced. According to Marie Claire, it was finalized on August 28, 1996.
Well, at the time, it seemed like a divorce was what both parties wanted, but apparently, that was the last thing Diana wanted.
Diana’s spiritual healer and friend Simone Simmons shared that Diana never wanted to divorce Charles and already regretted the BBC Panorama interview just the day after it aired. Simmons said, according to The Mirror, that Diana was “blubbering” to her on the phone, saying she loved Charles all along and didn’t want to stop being his wife.
“The day afterwards? Yes,” Simmons said. “Then, when the Queen wrote to her and demanded they get a divorce, she was blubbering on the phone, and I went over to calm her down. She said, ‘Simone, I never wanted to divorce Charles. I always loved him.’”
When Simmons told Diana she should have never done the interview in the first place, Diana revealed that she was encouraged to do it by Fergie (aka Sarah Ferguson) and comedian Ruby Wax.
Simmons and Diana first met in 1993 and while some may think the friendship was strange, they were best friends and spoke on the phone "for hours."
“Yes, I’m a very odd person for some people to think of as Diana’s best friend,” she said, per The Telegraph. “But at least I’m honest, I’m sincere, and I would never put her wrong. I was very privileged to have such an amazing best friend.”
She then revealed that journalist Martin Bashir manipulated Diana into opening up, where she famously admitted that there were three people in the marriage.
When Simmons and Diana spoke on the phone the next day, Diana asked Simmons what she thought of the interview and Simmons said: "Oh God, you made a real prat out of yourself. But not only that. What about the children?" Diana replied "I didn't think", and then started crying, before asking Simmons to come over.
She then described Diana as someone who was naïve and not emotionally developed but had a huge heart and wanted to heal and unite the world.
It's been 25 years since Diana's death and while she was alive she was surrounded by controversies, but even in death, it seemed like there was just too much people didn't know about Diana.
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