Princess Diana’s childhood bedroom had pictures of Prince Charles around her bed, says cousin

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Princess Diana’s first cousin Diana Macfarlane has shared for the first time that the late Princess of Wales’ school bedroom was covered in photographs of Prince Charles.

Opening up about the late Royal’s childhood in her first public interview for ITV’s upcoming documentary, Diana reveals that Diana had a “childhood crush” on Charles years before they tied the knot.

In the programme, as she recalls their years together at West Heath Boarding School, Diana explains: “Everyone loved to have their photograph on the bedside table. We all used to have various pictures of pop stars that we liked – The Monkees, Rod Stewart and people like that.”

Diana continues: “But I can tell you that she used to have photographs of Prince Charles around her bed at West Heath as a sort of childhood crush really.”

She adds: “With Diana it was always pictures of Prince Charles. She had a school girl crush on him for a very long time.”

Diana, who has never spoken publicly about her cousin before, also goes on to reminisce about Princess Diana’s younger years, describing her as a huge bundle of positive energy even then.

She says: “She was full of life, great fun, loved a giggle, wicked sense of humour. We used to think that we could get away with something naughty by looking angelic afterwards.”

Diana continues: “Diana and I were both at West Heath together. She loved chatty, romantic novels, probably just loved the love story.”

As well as these never-heard-before stories and memories, the documentary also features rarely seen archive footage, photos and letters from Diana’s loved ones.

These include Diana’s astrologer and friend Debbie Frank and journalist and friend Richard Kay.

The special one-off 90-minute documentary charts her incredible life, from her childhood and school days, all the way up to her rise to the People’s Princess, and eventually her tragic death on 31 August 1997.

At the time the show was announced, its Executive Producer, David Glover, said the one-off would capture Diana’s magical spirit and legacy.

He explained: “There is something a bit magical about Princess Diana – and despite the difficulties in her personal life she managed to use her connection with people to do huge amounts of good.”

“Her 60th birthday feels like the perfect time to re-examine her life and legacy and explore just how she went from a relatively unknown teenager to the most mourned person who ever lived.”

Diana airs Thursday 24th June at 9pm on ITV.

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