In the pair’s unknown last meeting before she was killed in a car crash, Princess Diana “was cross” with Tony Blair.
The former chief minister has revealed after he met the ‘People’s Princess’ and Prince William in July 1997 at Chequers, just a month before she was killed in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris on August 31.
It was said Diana had already been annoyed with Blair due to their original date being pushed back from June to a month later, instead Blair had favoured a meeting with Prince Charles as Number 10 and Labour spin doctor, Alastair Campbell felt “it was unseemly for me to see her” before he met the Prince of Wales, reports BerkshireLive.
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The pair met at the later date and walked the grounds of Chequers on a “beautiful day”, Blair describes how he had a ‘frosty exchange’ with Diana after he asked her about her then present boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, who he “thought was a problem”.
Although Blair had never met Dodi, he said he made him feel “uneasy” despite not being able to say what it was that he felt was wrong about him.
Writing in his 2010 autobiography ‘A Journey’, upon hearing the news of Diana’s death, Blair said: “In addition to grief I felt something else, which stemmed from the last meeting I had with Diana. It had not been all that easy.”
He went on to say how he “felt an obligation in addition as sadness” and felt “I owed it to her” to “capture something that she was”.
The former chief minister also spoke on the day of Diana’s death in a moving tribute to the nation outside St Mary Magdalene church in Trimdon, County Durham, Blair said: “I feel like everyone else in this country today. I am utterly devastated.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Princess Diana’s family, particularly her two sons. Our heart goes out to them.
“We are today a nation in a state of shock, in mourning, in grief that is so deeply painful for us.
“She was a wonderful and a warm human being, although her own life was often sadly touched by tragedy. She touched the lives of so many others in Britain and throughout the world with joy and with comfort.
“How many times shall we remember her in how many different ways – with the sick, the dying, with children, with the needy?
“With just a look or a gesture that spoke so much more than words, she would show to all of us the thoroughness of her compassion and her humanity.”
“We know how difficult things were for her now and then. I am sure we can only guess that. But people everywhere, not just here in Britain, kept faith with Princess Diana.
“They liked her, they loved her, they regarded her as one of the people.
“She was the People’s Princess and that is how she will stay, how she will keep in our hearts and our memories forever.”
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