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Princess Diana faked her famous romance with Dodi Fayed, it has been sensationally claimed.
The pair were snapped in intimate clinches on loved-up holidays and evenings out after Di’s divorce from Prince Charles.
But it has emerged that a staff member who worked for Diana and Dodi saw no evidence of any romance.
They claimed that the princess’ shows of affection for Dodi were put on for the cameras. And they alleged Dodi even called her “ma’am” in private.
The worker said at the time: “It’s all a big fake pretence.”
The amazing claims were made to journalist Paul McMullan, who was sent to cover the pair’s holiday on the Italian Riviera in the summer of 1997.
It came just weeks before they both died in a high-speed car crash in Paris as they fled the paparazzi.
They sailed the Mediterranean on board a 200ft yacht owned by Dodi’s tycoon father Mohamed Al Fayed.
But reporter Paul was stunned by what a member of the yacht’s crew told him about the couple’s behaviour behind closed doors.
He said: “No-one knows this, so it’s actually quite interesting. [The crew member] said, ‘They don’t share the same bedroom, he calls her ma’am, is incredibly deferential and respectful.
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“But as soon as she goes outside to wave to the paps, she’s bending over and kissing him and hugging him’.”
It has always been thought that Diana and Dodi, then 36 and 42, were in an intimate relationship.
But speaking on new documentary Sex & Power, Paul said: “The truth was the opposite.” The claims will stun the Royal Family and aides at Buckingham Palace.
And it will shock the millions of fans who still mourn the death of the princess.
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A stewardess on the yacht has previously spoken about her time waiting on Diana on the trip.
Debbie Gribble said the princess was “relaxed, fun and light”.
Remembering the time in the waters off Sardinia, Debbie claimed Di was “a totally different person” in public and private.
The new revelations may prove to be a headache for producers of Netflix royal drama The Crown.
The programme will soon cover events that happened during the 1990s, including Diana’s time with Dodi and their deaths on their fateful trip to Paris.
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