Joan Collins was surprised when her pal, Dodi Fayed, started courting “Shy Di.”

In the summertime of 1997, the Egyptian filmmaker turned romantically linked to Princess Diana. The Princess of Wales was divorced from then-Prince Charles and had simply ended a two-year relationship with surgeon Hasnat Khan.

“I used to be fairly shocked truly,” the “Dynasty” star advised Fox Information Digital. “[Dodi and I] had been sitting on a aircraft subsequent to one another from LA to London. I stated, ‘Why are you going to London?’ He stated, ‘To discover a new girlfriend.’ I stated, ‘You’ve acquired a girlfriend! I met her.’ He stated, ‘I’m going to search out one other one.'”


Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed walking together in Saint-Tropez trying to avoid the camera

Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed’s doomed romance is being chronicled within the new season of “The Crown.” (Backgrid)

“I simply laughed – didn’t suppose something of it,” Collins added.

The 90-year-old has written a brand new memoir, “Behind the Shoulder Pads: Tales I Inform My Mates,” which particulars her life and profession in Hollywood. In it, she remembers her encounters with the British royal household.

Dodi and Diana’s short-lived romance can be chronicled within the new season of “The Crown,” which can be out there for streaming on Netflix Nov. 16.

Book cover for Joan Collins memoir "Behind the Shoulder Pads"

Joan Collins has written a brand new memoir titled, “Behind the Shoulder Pads.” (Permuted Press)

Collins famous to Fox Information Digital that she wasn’t anticipating the courtship, as Dodi was identified for his clubbing days, a far cry from Diana’s extra demure life in Kensington Palace.

“I had identified Dodi for years, as he was a daily at Tramp, the nightclub co-owned by Johnny Gold and Oscar Lerman,” Collins wrote.

Within the guide, when husband no. 3 Ron Kass advised Collins one time that he requested Dodi to stick with them, Collins quipped, “Isn’t he Mohamed Al-Fayed’s son? The one who does coke?”


Princess Diana on a yacht wearing a colorful swimsuit

Princess Diana spent her final summer time within the south of France with Dodi Fayed. (Michel Dufour/WireImage)

Weeks after she sat with Dodi, tabloids printed images of him with Diana.

In July 1997, the couple hung out collectively within the south of France on a yacht owned by Dodi’s father, a billionaire businessman. Paparazzi stalked the pair as they continued to spend time collectively yachting within the Mediterranean.

Whereas the couple was an unlikely match in Collins’ eyes, she thought the courtship may be good for Diana. Dodi’s nice wealth may present safety for the princess who was looking for her means after the general public breakdown of her marriage.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles looking somber at a public event

Princess Diana and Prince Charles’s divorce was finalized in 1996. (Jayne Fincher/Princess Diana Archive/Getty Photos)

“I used to be shocked at simply how shy she was,” Collins advised Fox Information Digital. “She was overwhelmed by all of the paparazzi. I bear in mind we had been at an occasion in Palm Seashore within the late ‘80s. It was a charity profit given by Armand Hammer. She stated to me, ‘Oh, I’m by no means going to get used to this. It’s simply terrifying. They comply with me all over the place.’ I stated, ‘Sure you’ll – you’ll at some point.’ She stated, ‘It’s horrid. I don’t know if I’ll.’”

Collins admitted she puzzled if Diana would have been proud of Dodi as she launched into a brand new life.

On Aug. 30, 1997, Diana and Dodi traveled to Paris. Within the early hours of Aug. 31, they left the Ritz, the place that they had dinner, and headed for Dodi’s house. The resort was owned by Dodi’s father. 

The day had already been tense as paparazzi had been following them.


Princess Diana wearing a pink suit where back turned towards a swarm of paparazzi

Paparazzi had been chasing Princess Diana’s automotive earlier than it crashed. (Vincent Amalvy/AFP through Getty Photos)

They had been within the backseat of a black Mercedes pushed by Henri Paul, who served as director of safety for the Ritz. The trio was accompanied by Diana’s bodyguard, Trevor Rees-Jones, who was within the entrance passenger seat.

The automotive drove at a excessive velocity because it tried to evade paparazzi hounding them. A number of bikes tailed behind them. Within the tunnel beside the Place de I’Alma, the automobile crashed head-on right into a concrete column.

Witnesses stated the crash gave the impression of an explosion, adopted by an insistent blare of a automotive horn set off by the driving force’s slumped physique. The press of digital camera shutters intensified as photographers swarmed the wreckage.

Paul, 41, and Dodi, 42, had been killed immediately. Diana was nonetheless alive when she was transported to a Paris hospital. The princess later died from her in depth accidents. The mom of two was 36. Rees-Jones suffered a critical head damage, however survived.

Prosecutors stated post-mortem blood assessments confirmed Paul was legally drunk.

Photos of Diana and Dodi incorporated into the work exhibited at Harrods

Joan Collins puzzled if Princess Diana would have been proud of Dodi Fayed. (Sion Touhig/Sygma/Sygma through Getty Photos)

“We cried for 3 days,” Collins admitted to Fox Information Digital. “I used to be very upset. I used to be within the south of France [when it happened]. I actually thought [Diana] was nice for the monarchy. As a lot as I beloved the queen, I additionally felt she introduced a brand new breath of life to them. She was good for the subsequent era. She despatched me great letters. And he or she was very, very candy. It was terrible.”

In 2015, Collins turned a dame by the previous Prince Charles, the BBC reported. Within the guide, she recalled her conferences with Queen Elizabeth II. Britain’s longest-reigning monarch handed away in 2022 at age 96. Charles, 75, was topped king in Could of this yr.


Joan Collins holding her award while wearing a fascinator

Dame Joan Collins holds her insignia of Dame Commander of the British Empire after being awarded by Prince Charles at an Investiture Ceremony at Buckingham Palace on March 26, 2015, in London. (John Stillwell – WPA Pool/Getty Photos)

“What shocked me in regards to the queen was simply how lovable and right down to earth she was,” stated Collins. “She was only a paragon of perfection, actually. She by no means put a foot fallacious in any means, form or type. She was simply so educated about theater.”

Queen Elizabeth wearing blue and holding a glass as she smiles at Joan Collins wearing a black dress, a silver blazer and holding a wine glass

Queen Elizabeth II talks to actress Joan Collins through the Dramatic Arts reception at Buckingham Palace on Feb. 17, 2014, in London. (David Crump – WPA Pool/Getty Photos)

“I met her a number of instances from the Sixties onward,” Collins shared. “I had a dialog together with her at Buckingham Palace about eight, 9 years in the past… She had a glass filled with white liquid, a pale liquid.”

“I needed to ask, ‘Ma’am, is that water or gin?’” Collins chuckled. “However I didn’t ask.”

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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