He claims he warned her to end her relationship with Dodi Fayed.
Grant, 60, whose career in entertainment has been given a new lease of life after his stint on Strictly, gave more detail than ever before about his friendship with the Princess, a relationship that was only revealed after her death by her former butler Paul Burrell.
He first met Diana backstage at the Royal Variety Show in London in 1984. But he was already part of the Royal Family’s charmed circle of friends, nicknamed the Astrologer Royal, after being presented to the Queen Mother in 1978.
Asked in an interview whether he was Diana’s confidant, he said: “Yes, and I loved it. She was a wonderful, fabulous, glorious person.”
Pausing dramatically, he added: “A pity she was murdered.”
Grant said he predicted the deaths of Diana and Dodi in a newspaper column.
“If you look back on August 10, 1997, I basically said their relationship was so fated it was going to end in tears. And she died August 31,” he said.
Asked if he told the Princess, he replied: “Oh yes, I warned her. I said, ‘Don’t go there love. Just don’t go anywhere with him. You’ve got to knock this on the head.’ It was star-crossed lovers. It was bad.”
Grant had always remained discreet about his friendship with Diana until it was revealed by Burrell.
The butler was asked whether the Princess ever consulted astrologers. “She saw many but the only one she ever trusted was Russell Grant,” he said.
An inquest jury in London returned a majority verdict that Diana and Dodi were unlawfully killed in the Paris crash as a result of the gross negligence of their driver, Henri Paul, and following vehicles, presumed to be those of paparazzi.
The jury specified that Mr Paul’s drink-driving and the couple’s failure to wear seat belts contributed to their deaths.
Grant, who got his big break reading horoscopes on BBC’s Breakfast Time in 1983, admitted that astrology was only really a hobby when he began.
And the TV stargazing never earned him big money. At the height of his BBC fame he was earning £25 a day – around £65 today.
In the early 1990s he went to the United States but gave it all up to nurse his grandmother when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
Her death was the start of a 10-year battle with depression that resulted in his huge weight gain – he ballooned to 27 stone – and a reclusive life in North Wales with his manager and partner, Doug.
Now, even though he was voted off Strictly at the weekend, he is right back where he wants to be.
Source : Daily Express.co.uk