BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA – NOVEMBER 24, 1995: Diana, Princess of Wales, is greeted by supporters 24 November during her visit to the Doctor Angel Roffo hospital in Buenos Aires.
Royal biographer Andrew Morton—who wrote a much-publicized biography of Princess Diana, revealing details of her private life, as well as biographies of Monica Lewinsky and Tom Cruise—told The Sun on Sunday that he believes Kate and William will name their child, if it’s a girl, Elizabeth Diana Windsor, honoring William’s late mother, of course, with that middle name.
“Close friends to William and Kate have told me that if it is a girl they want to name the baby after Diana,” he said. “They discussed girls’ names before George was born and now they’re hoping the next one is a girl so they can carry out their wish to honour William’s mother. They’re not too thrilled at the thought it will be shortened to Princess Di. But it won’t change their minds.” Morton noted that, if “Diana” was given to the child as a name, William and Kate would no doubt have to deal with agitated family members, considering the “hostility” between Diana and the royals (don’t fret, Will and Kate: we recommend responding to any passive-aggressive texts from family members with a solitary “k”—after a while, they’ll get fatigued and stop).
Now, who exactly are these “close friends”? Would any close friends be privy to such coveted information?! Unclear on both fronts! But it certainly doesn’t seem a completely illogical possibility. Since Morton’s interview, Coral, the “MailOnline’s betting partner,” has seen Elizabeth become the front-runner for the name of the child (at 10:1 odds), with James second (11:1), and Victoria third (12:1).
Nov. 20, 1995: Princess Diana admits, during a TV interview, that she had an affair with her riding instructor.
The infidelity itself was hardly news, but when Princess Diana admitted on British TV that she had been unfaithful to Prince Charles, it “plunged the monarchy into the greatest crisis since the Abdication,” the Daily Mail said, referencing King Edward VIII’s 1936 abandonment of his throne to marry a divorced American socialite.
On this day, Nov. 20, in 1995, the BBC aired Diana’s first solo press interview — a stroke of independence made possible by keeping her meeting with BBC’s Martin Bashir secret from Buckingham Palace. She took the opportunity to address the tensions within her marriage, her struggles with postpartum depression and bulimia, and the fact that she had been intimately involved with a man other than the Prince.
Charles had admitted to his own infidelity on a TV documentary the previous year. His longtime affair with Camilla Parker Bowles was no secret when Diana told Bashir, “There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.”
Rumors of her five-year affair with cavalry officer James Hewitt, whom she’d hired as a riding instructor, had already made news as well, partly because he’d profited from the story by collaborating on a tell-all book, Princess in Love. In the interview, Diana said, “Yes, I adored him. Yes, I was in love with him. But I was very let down.”