PRINCESS DIANA & JAMES HEWITT ROMANTIC TRYST COTTAGE UP FOR SALE

Cottage where Diana and James Hewitt ‘met for trysts’ up for sale

THE COTTAGE where Princess Diana is said to have carried out her affair with James Hewitt is up for sale.

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Ebford Cottage is a Grade II listed building

The 17th century Ebford Cottage in Devon was owned by Hewitt’s mother Shirley at the time that the couple were engaged in their five-year affair, and it has been claimed they used to meet there in secret.

The Grade II listed cottage, which has changed hands since then, is now on the market again for £700,000.

Current owner Emma Nicholls said: “We did not know about the history of the house when we looked at it.

“We had already fallen in love with it when we back for another viewing and the owner dropped the Diana link into conversation.

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Princess Diana had a five-year affair with James Hewitt

“It cannot have made any difference to us because we loved the house but it added some interest.”It makes for an interesting point in conversation.

“There are photos around of Hewitt in the old bathroom but nobody really knows which room Diana stayed in.”

Mum of two Emma, 38, said the history of Diana, Hewitt and the cottage have been well documented in books and the media.

She said: “No-one says much about Hewitt, no-one likes the guy around here but people in Ebford know that Diana definitely came here.”

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James Hewitt pictured in his home

People in Ebford know that Diana definitely came here

Local residents say the cottage has a certain notoriety because of its Royal link.One neighbour said: “It does come up in conversation that it was the house where the affair took place.

“Some people say they carried on in the barn but all that has been developed now with houses.”

Author Anna Pasternak in her book Princess in Love said Diana called the cottage her “haven in Devon”.

And Royal commentator Ingrid Seward said: “One of her favourite things was to do the washing up in her marigolds, jeans and jumper – a boring thing for us but she was very meticulous and loved to play house.

“His mother was often at home so I’m not sure how romantic it was with her there.”

PRINCESS DIANA’S DRESSES GO TO AUCTION IN DECEMBER AT JULIEN’S AUCTION HOUSE

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Royal fashion enthusiasts will have the chance to bid on several of the late Princess Diana‘s gowns when they go to auction this December at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills. And if that slice isn’t enough for you, then maybe a piece of Kate Middleton and Prince William‘s wedding cake—also for sale—will satisfy your appetite. But first, the regal designs (and 3-year-old cake) hit the Today show to offer viewers a quick preview of the drool-worthy duds.

Diana’s beaded, off-the-shoulder Catherine Walker design is expected to fetch a healthy $60,000 to $80,000 during auction. Worn by the princess on two occasions, the delicate blush gown embodies all the elegance that defined Diana’s iconic style.

Also on the market is an ivory Zandra Rhodes dress with a delicate, lacy bodice and beaded embellishments that Di wore back in 1987. A chic color-blocked, black-and-white number will also be up for grabs, along with a merlot Caroline Charles coat-dress with classic ’80s puffed sleeves.

Rounding out the enviable dresses, Diana’s emerald, silk georgette Catherine Walker gown from a 1993 state dinner is expected to bring in a pretty penny for the auctioneers.

And that’s not all, folks—a slice from Will and Kate’s exquisite wedding cake will go to the highest bidder for an estimated $1,000 to $2,000. Crafted for the royal couple’s nuptials back in 2011, the slice may actually be more delectable than ever according to Martin Nolan, executive director for Julien’s Auctions, who weighed in that fruit cakes taste best at around 30-months-old (we’ll just have to take his word for it). Nolan also explained that Kate kept the top three tiers of the cake for herself, serving the top layer during Prince George‘s christening. And now, it seems the second tier will soon be served after royal baby number two arrives!

Last up, bidders will have the chance to take home a blank invitation to Will and Kate’s wedding, printed on Queen Elizabeth II‘s personal stationary.

If you’ve got a spare $1,000 (or $80,000), head down to Julien’s Auctions on Dec. 5 and 6 to get in on the royal goods!  EONLINE