Diana did not intend to marry Dodi

Princess Diana needed marriage 'like a rash on her face'

Princess Diana told a friend a week before her death that she needed marriage ‘like a rash on my face’, the inquest into her death has heard.

Lady Annabel Goldsmith, the rich widow who was a close confidant of Diana’s, said Diana was having a ‘wonderful’ time with Dodi Fayed, the son of Harrod’s boss Mohamed Al Fayed, and told her she had never been so spoiled.

But Lady Annabel, 73, believed there was no question of an engagement. After reading about the relationship in the summer of 1997, she phoned Diana.

‘I said to her laughably, ‘You are not going to do anything silly are you?’,’ she told the inquest at London’s high court.

‘I meant ‘you are not going to do anything silly like rushing off and eloping or getting married’, and she said ‘I would need marriage like a rash on my face’. It was a very Diana expression.’

A week after the phone call Diana and Dodi died in a car crash in Paris on 31 August 1997.

Al Fayed believes they were murdered by the establishment because they were planning to marry and she was carrying his baby. The inquest continues.

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