A look behind the curtain. former bodyguard Lee Sansu shared stories about her time working for Princess Diana on her new book, Protecting Diana: the story of a bodyguard.
“My time with the princess, it was only a short period in my life, but it had a greater impact on my life forever,” Sansum exclusively said. us weekly before the release on Tuesday, August 30. “I think because of the 25th anniversary of her death coming up, people are interested in the princess all over the world.”
Diana died in 1997 at the age of 36 in a tragic car accident. The bodyguard, for her part, “will never forget” that he first met Diana when he was hired to work on one of her vacations after her separation from Prince carlos.
“Before I went to St. Tropez, I already knew that the princess was coming. No one else did it except the security team,” she said. U.S. “She was an amazing lady and what really stood out to me is that she was a normal down-to-earth lady and not what she expected. I don’t know what she expected. She loved her children. She could tell that she cared about people, all the staff, everyone she knew. She smiled; she treated them kindly. She was funny. We had very good conversations and she was a normal person.”
Sansum said U.S that he is “trained to see non-verbal communications in people” and is “pretty good at detecting if someone is hiding something or if there is an agenda”, but Diana was “just an amazing and charming lady”.
He continued: “She was a loving mother. She loved her children. She loved watching them play. She loved playing with them. She loved to see Harry [be a] a little naughty I think we call them naughty children, [but] I call them free children and I think she was a free child too.”
prince william he was 15 years old when his mother died, while prince harry I was only 12.
“She used to, you know, [take] It delights me to watch him do his little antics and spray paparazzi with his jet ski, which I taught him how to do,” Sansum said. “It was clear that he loved his children.”
According to the author, Diana planned to move to the United States before her death to get away from the UK media.
“She was pretty convinced that in America, the press loved her. She liked the people and she liked the place,” she said. U.S. “I know a lot of people have said that I was depressed. She was anxious. She was paranoid. Well, you know what? I understand why. She couldn’t enjoy her life. Things weren’t normal. She had no one to turn to.”
Sansum noted that Diana did not speak to him about her relationship with Prince Charles.
“[Once] there was a photo in the newspaper of one of the British tabloids at the time that showed a photo of the princess, a beautiful photo. And then they had one of Camila, which was not a very pretty picture. And I think the headline was, ‘He chose this for that,'” she recalled to U.S. “It was a very crude comment and we saw that newspaper that morning and when the princess came down to chat in the morning on the beach, which she used to do, you know, I mentioned to her: ‘Have you seen the headlines? because I knew she would wake up the paparazzi. That was the only reason I made the comment and the princess said, ‘Well, it’s her choice. I got over it.’ She didn’t even comment on him anymore. And I thought, you know, what a great comment.”
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