Memories of Princess Diana from July 30th 1991, in response to a special request for screen captures of Princess Diana and Prince Charles attending the "Pavarotti In The Park" concert at London's Hyde Park by Italian opera singer Luciano Pavarotti.
Today's Memories Of Diana is from August 16th 1982.
Princess Diana and Prince Charles were pictured arriving at Aberdeen airport for the start of the annual summer holiday in Balmoral.
The Daily Mirror newspaper raised the question of safety over whether Charles and baby William should travel on the same aircraft, being that they were first and second in line to the throne.
Pages from the September issue of VANITY FAIR magazine, telling of Princess Diana's love and romance with heart surgeon Hasnat Khan.
Diana and the doctor - an epic romance: Naomi Watts tells of 'nerve-wracking' role playing the late princess
The most delicate moments in the film 'Diana' are the intimate scenes between the late princess and heart surgeon Hasnat Khan.
There’s something unnerving about seeing the mother of our future King cavorting with her lover, even in a dramatic representation.
Certainly, there is the potential for major embarrassment, but the love scenes between Diana and Hasnat, played by Naomi Watts and Naveen Andrews with Oscar-calibre performances, are done with exquisite taste.
There are no crude sex shots; instead, the camera captures the couple rolling on to the floor wrapped in white bed sheets after making love. ‘That day when I first saw you was so powerful,’ she whispers in his ear.
Naomi told me the film-makers ‘bent over backwards’ not to cause offence, but they didn’t want to sanitise the affair.
‘They’re from different cultures — and she was prepared to marry him, and move to Pakistan with him. We had to explore all of that,’ she added.
Naomi said she’s well aware of how fascinated people remain with the Princess; and about how quick they are to judge anything involving her name.
‘Some people have said to me: “Why would you do that? You’re not the right look! You don’t have the nose! You don’t have the walk, or talk; or the height.” ’
In fact, those are some of the many reasons why Naomi initially turned the role down.
‘It was nerve-racking going into it — and now I’m reaching the second nervous state,’ she told me, as Diana approaches its world premiere in London on September 5.
That will be followed by a huge release, through Entertainment One, on September 20 which will see Diana shown on 450 screens around the country.
Naomi wondered how Diana coped with the level of scrutiny. ‘Who could survive that? And who wouldn’t want to try to control it as best they could? There were times that worked for her, and times when it backfired.’
Naomi said getting Diana’s voice right was the hardest thing. ‘Everyone remembered it so well, because she did sort of change that posh-sounding voice,’ she said.
‘It wasn’t the stiff upper lip we were used to,’ Naomi explained. ‘She made her voice sound more modern; more attractive.’
Then there was the ‘look’. ‘Those looks!’ she laughed. ‘Her fringe. The piercing eyes that told so many stories. There was the vulnerable, sad look and the incredible strong look.’
This isn’t some second-rate film with a plastic Shy-Di lookalike dating a dopey doctor. It’s a serious movie that explores a romance in which the heroine was prepared to give up almost everything to be with the man she loved.
Interestingly, it was Hasnat who saw it could never work — for religious and cultural reasons.
Naomi’s latest film is worlds away from Diana. It’s called St Vincent de Van Nuys, and she plays a stripper. ‘I go from royals to poles,’ she said.
Source : Daily Mail.co.uk
A radio producer from Ealing will recall a meeting with Princess Diana for a one-off programme on BBC Radio 4. Peter Shevlin will be presenting Princess Di’s Handshake, which will be broadcast nationwide at 9pm on Wednesday, August 14.
In the programme, the 38-year-old will recall his own experience of a chance meeting with the late Princess Diana, and how a missed handshake sparked his interest in the importance of human touch in the health sector, when it comes to diagnosing, treating and comforting patients.
Mr Shevlin said it was 1985 when Princess Diana visited Redruth, Cornwall, when he was just a small boy.
He said: “I was 10 years old and it was a classic April showers kind of day. Everyone was second-guessing where Diana would be next. I was on my Grifter bike, trying to find a good space to see her. Pond Lane was the place to get a great view and I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time.”
But despite the title of the programme, the handshake was never to be: “Princess Diana stood in front of me and I froze. She outstretched her hand and I couldn’t shake it. She offered warmth and emotional contact and I did not respond.”
Two years later, Princess Diana made national news when she shook the hand of a patient with HIV, dispelling myths and stigma over how the disease could be contracted.
Mr Shevlin said he used his missed opportunity to question whether the emotional contact is also lacking within the healthcare service.
He added that the topic has added relevance after news of a hospital in Newry, Northern Ireland with a groundbreaking project where a robot patrols the ward allowing intensive care specialists in one hospital to remotely assess patients in another.
Source : Ealing Gazette.co.uk
Article from the August issue of Germany's GALA magazine, showcasing jewellery created by Swiss jeweller CHOPARD made for Naomi Watt's role as Diana in the new movie about the last two years of Princess Diana's life.
Memories Of Princess Diana from July 30th 1991, when she and Prince Charles were among 125,000 people who attended a Luciano Pavarotti concert in London's Hyde Park.
The free concert marked the 30th anniversary of Pavarotti's career, and the weather was not kind on that day as Charles and Diana sat in the front row of the audience being drenched by rain as the Italian tenor opera singer performed.
During the concert Luciano dedicated the aria “Donna non vidi mai” from the Puccini opera Manon Lesacut to Diana.
After the concert was over Charles and Diana went backstage to meet the opera singer.
Diana looked amazing even with soaking wet hair.
A much talked-about Vanity Fair cover story details Princess Diana's two-year relationship with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan, considered by many to be love of Diana's life, for whom she considered relocating to Pakistan.
"This is all true," former Palace chef Darren Grady tells Us Weekly of the story. "I was there when she was considering it."
Diana (who passed away nearly 16 years ago at 36 in a car crash) was "madly in love" with Khan and visited Pakistan at least twice on charity missions, where she secretly met with his family to discuss the possibility of marriage.
The story goes on to report that the divorced mother of two sons -- William and Harry, with ex-husband Prince Charles -- confided in two friends that she wanted to have a daughter with Khan. The "People's Princess" also secretly investigated someone who might possibly wed the pair.
Khan is said to have been "horrified" by the plan. In a police interview following her death, he said, "I thought it was a ridiculous idea . . . [I] told her that the only way I could see us having a vaguely normal life together would be if we went to Pakistan, as the press don't bother you there."
Frustrated by Khan's refusal to wed or even share their relationship with the world, Diana very publicly moved to billionaire playboy Dodi Al Fayed -- telling a friend he would give her a ring for "my right hand." Her confidante Rosa Monckton tells Vanity Fair that Diana's romance with Al Fayed -- who died with her in the August 1997 car crash in Paris -- "was designed to make Hasnat jealous."
"The Vanity Fair story is pretty much spot on," a source tells Us. "What an incredible woman and an incredible life. People are still talking about her 16 years later."
Source : US Magazine.com
A mother tenderly embracing her two young sons, this is the first glimpse of the forthcoming movie portrayal of Princess Diana.
The drama, Diana, stars Naomi Watts as the late princess, with the roles of William and Harry taken respectively by Laurence Belcher and Harry Holland.
The movie particularly focuses on the last two years of Diana's life, when the princess embarked on romances with heart surgeon Hasnat Khan and Dodi Fayed.
The movie, which co-stars Lost heartthrob Naveen Andrews as Khan, is due for release on September 5.
Princess Diana was so "madly in love" with Hasnat Khan that she "wanted to marry him, even if that meant living in Pakistan", her friend Jemima Khan has revealed.
In a Vanity Fair interview titled, 'The Grandmother Prince George Never Knew', Jemima says Diana sought her advice on her romance with the heart surgeon, who she dated from 1995 until 1997, during fundraising trips to Lahore.
Jemima, who at the time was married to Hasnat's distant cousin Imran Khan, said Diana had "wanted to know how hard it had been for me to adapt to life in Pakistan,"
"(She) came to visit me twice in Pakistan to help fundraise for Imran's hospital, but both times she also went to meet his family secretly to discuss the possibility of marriage to Hasnat," she revealed.
But despite her aristocratic lineage, and the fact she was mother to the future king of England, Diana was unlikely to ever win the approval of Hasnat's mother Naheed Khan.
"(For a) son to marry an English girl is every conservative Pashtun mother's worst nightmare," Jemima continued. "You send your son to be educated in England and he comes back with an English bride. It's something they dread."
Ultimately, it was Diana's fame that proved too much for the couple.
According to her friend Rosa Monckton, Hasnat was the one who initiated the break-up, although other friends have said that Diana ended it because the surgeon refused to marry her.
Rosa has also said that Diana's subsequent relationship with Dodi Al Fayed was only to make Hasnat jealous.
"Hasnat was a decent, intensely private man from a traditional, conservative Pakistani family, and he was worried about how it would work," Jemima said. "And he hated the thought of being in the glare of publicity for the rest of his life."
That view was backed up by Hasnat himself in his interview as part of the Lord Stevens inquiry into Diana's death. At that time, he called marriage to Diana a "ridiculous idea", adding that he "told her that the only way I could see us having a vaguely normal life together would be if we went to Pakistan, as the press don't bother you there."
Diana's relationship with Hasnat, who friends have called the 'love of her life', is at the heart of of the upcoming film Diana, starring Naomi Watts. Despite this, Vanity Fair confirms that Hasnat refused to cooperate with the filmmakers — proving himself to still be the man Diana described to a friend as "the one person who will never sell me out".
Source : Hello Magazine.com
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