Katie Couric revealed the heartbreaking conversation she had died with Princess Diana a year earlier and recalled how the lonely royal admitted she & # 39; went home to an empty house & # 39; in the middle of her divorce from Prince Charles.
Published in an essay by In style on August 30, just one day before the 22nd anniversary of the death of the deceased royal, the 62-year-old journalist explained that she met the People & Princess for the first time during a lunch in honor of her in Chicago in June 1996.
& # 39; I was nervous to meet Princess Diana and sat in two chairs away from her for lunch. We talked and she told me that she liked my pink lipstick. Funny, & # 39; she wrote about their informal conversation.
Memories: Katie Couric (left) wrote about meeting Princess Diana in Chicago in 1996 (right) in an essay that was published on Friday, a day before the 22nd anniversary of the death of the royal
Heartbreaking: the journalist said she was chatting with Diana when she asked her if she was & # 39; excited to go home & # 39 ;. Diana answered: I would be, but I am going to an empty house & # 39;
& # 39; Then I said something like: & # 39; You must be tired of traveling and meet so many people and shake hands with all these strangers. Are you excited to go home? & # 39; & # 39;
According to Couric, the Princess of Wales replied: "I would be, but I'm going to an empty house."
& # 39; I will never forget her response, & # 39; said the television presenter. & # 39; This was while she was completing her divorce from Prince Charles and she seemed a bit melancholic and lonely. My heart broke a bit for her. & # 39;
She said in a playful way she suggested that Diana & # 39; would invite a few friends and give a slumber party & # 39 ;, which would cause the royal woman to tilt her head and give her a questionable appearance.
Looking back: the conversation took place just two months before her divorce from Prince Charles was completed, and Couric recalled that she seemed & # 39; a bit melancholic and lonely & # 39;
& # 39; Maybe that is why the world fell in love with Diana – she showed people her insecurity and vulnerability & # 39 ;, Couric wrote. & # 39; She seemed to wear both on her sleeve. Yes, she was a princess, but somehow she looked like all of us. & # 39;
Diana and Charles, now 70, married in July 1981 at St. Paul's Cathedral in London and had two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry. They divorced in 1992 and their divorce was completed in August 1996, just two months after Couric met Diana in Chicago.
Couric said she was at her home in Millbrook, New York, when she first heard that Princess Diana was seriously injured in a car accident in Paris on August 31, 1997.
It was already a stressful time for Couric, whose husband Jay Monahan fought against colon cancer. She remembered that she & # 39; destroyed & # 39; was when it was announced that Diana had died.
Loss: Couric said she & # 39; broken & # 39; was to hear that Diana had died on August 31, 1997 after a car accident in Paris. She was one of the journalists who traveled to London for her funeral
So sad: Couric said she still remembers what it was like to see Prince William and Prince Harry, who were only 15 and 12 at the time, walking behind their mother's coffin
Today's star was one of the journalists who traveled to London to cover Diana's funeral, and she still remembers what it was like to see William and Harry, who were only 15 and 12 at the time, with bowed heads behind walk their mother's coffin.
& # 39; Although I was reporting on what was going on, I also mourned Princess Diana, & # 39; she said. She admitted that the royal premature death admitted that she imagined what would happen if her husband died of cancer and left their two daughters without a parent behind.
& # 39; At one point, the producers had to take the cameras & # 39; s away from me because I was choking and tears began to flow down my face & # 39 ;, she said.
Almost five months after Diana's funeral, Couric's husband died of bowel cancer in January 1998 at the age of 42.
Another loss: almost five months after Diana's funeral, Couric & # 39; s husband Jay Monahan (left) died of colon cancer, leaving their daughters Ellie and Carrie (right) without a father
Always missed: during an interview with Prince William in 2012, he told her that & # 39; very difficult & # 39; was not to have his mother at his marriage to Kate Middleton
The journalist sat down with Prince William and Prince Harry for an ABC News special in 2012, which took place 16 years after she first met their mother.
Couric, who saw her children grow up without their father, asked William if he didn't have his mother at his marriage to Kate Middleton, which took place in April 2011.
& # 39; It was very difficult, & # 39; he said to her. & # 39; I prepared myself in advance … I didn't want wiggling lips or anything. & # 39;
& # 39; I felt really sad for him and sad about how much Diana had missed, & # 39; wrote Couric. & # 39; But I also felt proud as a mother that he understood how painful it was not to have her there, but still knew he had to continue. & # 39;
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