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The People’s Princess is back in the papers, thanks to the latest film about her life, and one minor royal couldn’t resist re-opening old wounds. According the New York Post, Lady Pamela Hicks, Prince Philip's cousin, began gently:

‘[Diana] had enormous charisma, she was beautiful, [and] she was very good at empathy with the general crowd.’ 

But, Lady Pamela said, ‘she had no feeling at all for her husband or his family.’ And there was more:

‘She was really spiteful, really unkind to him — and, my God, he’s a man who needs support and encouragement. [The marriage] absolutely destroyed him. He looked grey and ghost-like. Now of course he’s blossomed again. [She] made everybody believe she’d been thrown to the wolves. Such nonsense! She was given the Queen’s favourite lady-in-waiting . . . to help her. But she didn’t want to be told anything. Instead, she wanted to listen to her music and go disco-ing or to some jive concert.’

Nobody let the Express see this!

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