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Princess Diana ‘wouldn’t have been a fan’ of Meghan Markle, says former friend

A former friend of the late Princess Diana has revealed that she thinks she would not have been a “great fan” of her son Prince Harry ’s wife, Meghan Markle.

The comments were made by the Tina Brown, the Princess’ diarist on the 25th anniversary of her tragic death, and suggested that Diana may not be impressed with Megan for “steering Harry in a direction that was not good” for the Prince.

Tina then added: “I don't think Diana would have been the great fan of Meghan that Meghan herself might perhaps imagine.”

Speaking to the Daily Beast, she did however remark that she thought Diana would also have been “thrilled” by the Duke meeting his wife, as Meghan’s relationship with Harry has made sure “her son was happy.”

The biographer also commented that she thought Diana would have been “delighted, supportive and thrilled someone of mixed race was joining the royal family” because Diana as a person was so “inclusive."

This isn’t the first time Tina has weighed in on the relationship between the Sussexes and the wider royal family, with her comments surrounding 'Megxit' suggesting that the couple’s decision to emigrate to the US has left the rest of the family “still reeling” and “baffled”.

Princess Diana was killed in a car crash on August 31, 1997 at the age of just 36, leaving behind her two sons Prince William, then aged 15, and Prince Harry, 12.

On the 25th anniversary of her shocking death, both brothers paid their own private respects to their mother, rather than doing so jointly in public as in previous years.

In the years leading up to her death, Diana had enjoyed a tumultuous relationship with her ex husband Prince Charles, after his infidelity was made public to the world.

Speaking to Marie Claire in order to promote her new book, The Palace Papers, Tina argued that Harry and Megan’s own actions were a continuation of the bad blood between his mother and father, as she suggested his actions were “continuing his mother Diana’s campaign to disrupt his father’s future reign.”

The ex Vanity Fair editor even went so far as to accuse Harry of becoming a “disruptive force” under the influence of his wife, adding: “Meghan got angry so fast, and that's what's rocked the family. They're still reeling and just baffled why it seemed to go wrong so quickly,”

“It's still a source of great pain to them; they were also completely knocked for six when they decided to do the Oprah interview, and now Harry's doing a book.

“Harry has become a disruptive force in the family. For them, it's like Diana's son is continuing the campaign to disrupt Charles' future reign, and the ''War of the Wales'' continues. It's a very destabilising factor.”

In the years that followed Diana’s death, both William and Harry sought comfort from each other to help them come to terms with their grief.

They even appeared together last year, while unveiling a bronze statue of their mother in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, although this year there was no such show of public unity.

Commenting on how he intended to spend the day, a source told the Mirror that William was “not planning” to make a public statement, adding: “He will no doubt spend the day reflecting on his mother's incredible legacy and the work he continues to do every day to further it in any way he can.”

Harry meanwhile, paid his own tribute while speaking in Aspen, last week as he said: “I want it to be a day filled with memories of her incredible work and love for the way she did it.

“I want it to be a day to share the spirit of my mum with my family, with my children, who I wish could have met her. Every day, I hope to do her proud.”

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