The interview with Lady Diana on the eve of her marriage to Prince Charles was made public. To tell that day and his statements the journalists present that day.
Lady Diana’s interview the day before the wedding
Interviewing Lady Diana the night before the wedding was one of the nation’s most important broadcasts and a mainstay of the Nine O’Clock News, specifically two journalists Andrew Gardne and Angela Ripon.
Angela, now 74, tell things went during the interview, stating how the meeting was managed by the staff to try to hide tensions. The journalist tells of when she and her colleague Andrew were called to the office of Michael Shea, who was then the Queen’s press secretary, and in this regard she declared :
HE WAS SITTING BEHIND HIS HUGE ANTIQUE DESK AND SAID, “YOU REALISE YOU KNOW, YOU CAN JUST ASK THE QUESTIONS WE AGREED”
And in addition to this he added that it was absolutely forbidden to talk about the dress she was supposed to wear for the big day.
Diana’s answers and confessions on her wedding dress
The interview took place under the careful supervision of the Queen’s secretary, until Charles invited the two journalists to have tea in their private quarters and it was then that Angela took the opportunity to ask questions to Diana about her dress:
“WHEN I PUT ON THE DRESS, ALL THE GIRLS IN THE LAB APPLAUDED AND CRIED AND SAID, “OH MA’AM, YOU LOOK JUST LIKE A FAIRY PRINCESS!””
This was Lady Diana’s answer, visibly moved. For Spencer it was a completely new context, in fact, and was finally crowning her dream.
“It was a new territory, it was beyond its reach. And there was this man standing behind you, behind the person who’s interviewing you, making sure everything is okay. Everyone would have felt a little nervous. When the interview ended, I told them – “I wish you happy years together,” and Charles looked at her then looked down at the floor.
“MAYBE WE SHOULD HAVE READ A LOT MORE IN THOSE EXPRESSIONS FIVE SECONDS AFTER THE INTERVIEW ENDED. HE COULD HAVE TOLD US MUCH MORE ABOUT WHAT WAS TO COME. IN HINDSIGHT, YOU READ MUCH MORE IN BODY LANGUAGE, ABOUT WHAT HAS BEEN SAID, ABOUT THE LOOKS THAT HAVE BEEN GIVEN, ABOUT REACTIONS.”
Diana’s doubts: what she discovered a few hours before the wedding
Lady Diana lived an already rather distressing situation. Only a week before the wedding, while the wedding gifts were invading Buckingham Palace, in the office of Michael Colborne, Prince Charles’s personal secretary, she had seen a package bearing the name of Camilla. The royal biographer Christopher Wilson reveals that she asked permission to open it and discovered that it was a gold bracelet engraved with the letters “G” and “F”. Previously, Diana had found flowers that Charles had given Camilla with a note: “To Gladys from Fred”.
Wilson reveals that Diana collapsed for the umpteenth proof of the closeness between the two. It was later discovered that Charles himself had confided to his friends that he was not sure of taking Diana to the altar.