February 23, 1981 dawned with rumours and more rumours that an engagement announcement would be forthcoming. James Whitaker, in his book, ‘Settling Down’ claims that most of the day there was nothing but speculation and as he fielded calls from Germany asking for some type of confirmation on the engagement, he still had nothing solid to report. But, as he was delivering a letter of condolence to Prince Charles on the death of Allibar at Buckingham Palace, her mini-metro car had been spotted near Constitution Hill and later that day it was parked in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace. Diana was at the Palace and it was nearly time to let the world into her secret.
Diana later said that leaving Coleherne Court for the last time felt ‘like a sword through my heart.’ Before Diana left her flat and moved into Clarence House, the Queen Mother’s residence, on 25 February 1981, she left a note for her roommates that said, ‘For God’s sake ring me up – I’m going to need you.’ Her new protection officer, Paul Officer, told her that it was her last night of freedom so she had better enjoy it! One door was closing, but another door was soon to open to a whole new world. The story continues.