As we continue to sort out and inventory our many files and boxes, this article recently came to light! In 1988, Ingrid Seward wrote in her book, “Diana, An Intimate Portrait,” that Diana did not like Highgrove and was very letdown when she first saw it in 1980 while dating Prince Charles. Seward also relates that even though Highgrove was not to her liking, she and Prince Charles resolved to move in after they wed and make the best of it until something better came along.
That Diana was accustomed to a more stately home is an understatement. Her ancestral home, Althorp, is one of the grandest houses in England! Seward never mentioned them considering an alternative house though.
The news article below, from January 1982, makes it clear that Diana did indeed have another home in mind in which to spend her life with Charles and her future family. And it was not in Gloucestershire! One can only wonder what ever happened to the secret plans to move to Belton House! Enjoy the article!