Angela Rippon talks about her legendary marital interview with Lady Diana and Prince Charles

Their marriage was announced as a fairy tale, but the reality of Charles and Diana's marriage was of course very different, and now one of the last people who spoke to the couple before walking down the aisle admitted that the warning signs were clear as day.

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BBC newsreader and journalist Angela Rippon co-hosted the couple the night before their wedding in July 1981 and spoke for the first time about the experience in a Channel 5 documentary.

For Charles and Di: The truth behind their wedding, Angela, 74, looked back at the interview for the first time since she sat down with the couple 38 years ago and said it was now clear that Diana & # 39; from her depth & # 39; used to be .

She commented on the images and said, "When I say," I wish you a lifetime of happiness, "he looks at her and she looks at the floor.

& # 39; God, maybe we should have read so much more those five seconds at the end of the interview.

& # 39; That expression on the face of Diana at the end speaks volumes … god. Maybe I had told so much more about what was to come. & # 39;

After watching footage of her interview with Charles and Diana, Angela Rippon remembered how the 20-year-old seemed intimidated and nearly & # 39; collapsed & # 39; in her chair

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After watching footage of her interview with Charles and Diana, Angela Rippon remembered how the 20-year-old seemed intimidated and nearly & # 39; collapsed & # 39; in her chair

& # 39; It's the first time I've run the interview from start to finish since I did it. That was … 38 years ago?

& # 39; And of course, with the knowledge of retrospect, you read so much more in body language, what was said, looks that were given, responses, that is the value of retrospectively?

Angela remembered that Charles, 32, seemed much more at ease than his then 20-year-old bride.

& # 39; Prince Charles was, as always, very relaxed. Lady Diana less, it was a whole new experience for her & # 39 ;, the journalist recalled.

Angela Rippon (photo), 74, interviewed Prince Charles and Lady Diana the night before their wedding on July 28, 1981

Angela Rippon (photo), 74, interviewed Prince Charles and Lady Diana the night before their wedding on July 28, 1981

Angela Rippon (photo), 74, interviewed Prince Charles and Lady Diana the night before their wedding on July 28, 1981

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& # 39; I got the impression that Prince Charles was very protective of her and Diana was almost sitting in the chair. She was on new ground, she was out of her depth. & # 39;

The renowned journalist remembered the intimidating presence of Michael Shay, the then press secretary of the queen, who did not allow Diana to speak about her wedding dress during the interview.

& # 39; As we entered the room, Michael stood behind me, without a camera but behind me and in the eye line of Lady Diana, & # 39; she said.

In the Channel 5 documentary, Angela revealed that Diana seemed intimidated by the queen's press secretary and did not relax before leaving the room

In the Channel 5 documentary, Angela revealed that Diana seemed intimidated by the queen's press secretary and did not relax before leaving the room

In the Channel 5 documentary, Angela revealed that Diana seemed intimidated by the queen's press secretary and did not relax before leaving the room

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& # 39; I'm not sure how comfortable the hair felt. & # 39;

& # 39; Put every 20-year-old in front of a television camera and say "this is an interview about what could be one of the most important days of your life and it will be seen by hundreds of millions of people around the world," she said .

& # 39; And there's a man behind the person you're interviewing to make sure you're doing well, wouldn't you be nervous? & # 39;

& # 39; There is a moment when her eye contact goes over my head and I assume that's when she looks at Michael.

Diana (20) and Charles (32) closed the knot in July 2918, and despite the fact that their wedding is described as a fairy tale, the reality was very different

Diana (20) and Charles (32) closed the knot in July 2918, and despite the fact that their wedding is described as a fairy tale, the reality was very different

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Diana (20) and Charles (32) closed the knot in July 2918, and despite the fact that their wedding is described as a fairy tale, the reality was very different

She noted that Diana was visibly relaxed after the formidable press officer left the room and started talking excitedly about her wedding dress.

& # 39; She clasped her hands together and said: & # 39; Oh Angela, I had my last one just a few days ago in the office and when I put on the dress, all the girls in the office all applauded and cried and said, "Oh ma'am, you look like a fairy princess,"

& # 39; And I think I could have really strangled Michael Shea at the time, & # 39; she joked.

Charles and Di: The Truth Behind their Wedding is broadcast Saturday 27 July, 8 p.m. on channel 5

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