As the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s tragic death approaches, a close friend has spoken out about how she is still haunted by what happened.
Fashion designer Lana Marks has revealed it was because she pulled out of a planned holiday with the Princess of Wales that Diana ended up in Paris.
It was there Princess Diana, then 36, was killed in a car crash on August 31, 1997.
“It was a terrible time,” Lana, 63, tells The Sun.
Lana and Diana had organised to go on a four-day holiday to Milan, but when Lana’s father died of heart failure, she flew to her native South Africa instead.
She contacted Diana last minute and told her she wouldn’t be able to make the trip.
So instead Diana, who had been on holiday in St Tropez with Dodi Fayed, decided to go to Paris next.
“I was supposed to be on vacation with Diana in Milan right then. We were going to go to Lake Como before flying back,” Lana says.
The pair first met in 1995 after Lana was asked to design a handbag for Diana. She only found out about what happened when her and her husband returned home to Florida.
“I constantly think, ‘What if she’d been with me?’ All that might not have happened.”