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Princess Diana struggled with living at Kensington Palace, according to royal biographer Richard Kay, who detailed how the royal felt that she was spied on by staff and had her movements reported. But he explained the royal had decided just before her death she needed to stay at the Palace for her own safety. It comes as the world prepares to commemorate the anniversary of the royal’s tragic death on Monday August, 31.
The mother to Princes William and Harry officially moved into Apartment 8 and 9 at Kensington Palace after marrying Prince Charles in 1981.
Following their divorce in 1996, Diana kept her home at the palace.
Speaking to True Royalty TV, Mr Kay said: “It was a mixture for her. In many ways, it was a happy home and she had a lot of happy memories here raising William and Harry in the early days of the marriage which were actually quite happy.
“But it later became a prison for her.
“It symbolised everything which she found so frustrating about being a royal Princess.
“She felt spied on but the spying was only for her own protection.
“The security cameras you see all over the place.
“She felt that the police that guarded the palace were constantly reporting on her movements, who her friends were, who came to see her.
“It became a real difficulty for her because she couldn’t really decide if she wanted to completely break free from that royal life and strike out and live outside the palace or whether she needed the protection it afforded her.
“In the end, by the time of her death, I think she more or less decided she needed to stay here.”
Diana is believed to have become so paranoid about her Metropolitan Police security team leaking stories about her she decided to sack them.
Royal commentator Duncan Larcombe hopes Meghan Markle, 38, and Prince Harry, 35, will recognise what went wrong in her strategy.
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He noted Diana tragically only had Mohamed al-Fayed’s security team when she died.
During a different episode of True Royalty TV, journalist Kate Thornton said: “Diana did also at times feel unprotected.”
Mr Larcombe added: “Let’s not forget another parallel that Diana did.
“She became so paranoid that her Metropolitan Police security detail were leaking stories that she sacked them all.
“She put them tragically at the mercy of Mohamed al-Fayed’s security team. We know how that ended.
“There are quite shocking and chilling similarities in the situation that Harry is now in.”
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