There are some eerie parallels between the two women – both are American actresses who rocked the world when they married into royalty. However, it was to Princess Diana that Grace revealed her prediction, with whom there are also extraordinary parallels, not least because both royal brides died in a tragic car accident. The pair met on Diana’s very first outing as Prince Charles’ fiancee, Diana revealed in her tapes, which were first released in 2017.
It was a music recital at Goldsmiths’ Hall on March 3, 1981 followed by a reception at Buckingham Palace.
Princess Grace had been married to Rainier III of Monaco for 25 years, but for Diana it was just a week since her engagement was announced.
The 19-year-old was feeling uncomfortable and self-conscious in a dress she deemed herself was “two sizes too small” and inappropriate for the occasion.
In a fully revised 25th anniversary edition of ‘Diana: Her True Story – In her Own Words’ by Andrew Morton, Diana recalled how Grace, 52, had sensed her fretting and took her to the bathroom for a girls chat.
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Diana opened up to Grace about her sense of isolation and her fears for the future.
It was there that Grace patted her cheeks and warned: “Don’t worry dear, it’ll only get worse.”
Just 18 months later, Princess Grace died in a car crash.
Her prediction that life would get worse turned out to be true for Diana, who spent much of her life married to Charles completely miserable.
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She felt abandoned by his infidelity and lonely because she had no one to turn to inside Palace walls.
However, it also rings true for the Duchess of Sussex.
When Meghan first married Prince Harry in May 2018, all seemed well.
They had enjoyed a beautiful romance and fairytale wedding, the media coverage was overwhelmingly positive and Meghan was accepted by the Royal Family.
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At first, all seemed well for Meghan and Harry
It was only as time went on that things started to unravel.
Several members of Meghan’s staff left, sparking rumours that she was difficult to deal with.
Then, Harry and Meghan split from Kensington Palace, setting up their own household at Frogmore Cottage amid claims of a royal rift with William and Kate.
Harry and Meghan also started to get criticised for the perceived hypocrisy of preaching about climate change and then charging around in private jets.
Harry released a statement that criticised the press for their coverage of his wife, branding it “bullying”.
Eventually, the press and public scrutiny got too much and the couple decided to step down as senior royals, which they did at the end of March.
Speaking to Tom Bradby in the ITV documentary ‘Harry & Meghan: An African Journey’, the Duchess explained that at first she brushed aside warnings from friends about the media.
She said: “When I first met my now-husband my friends were really happy because I was so happy, but my British friends said to me, ‘I’m sure he’s great, but you shouldn’t do it because the British tabloids will destroy your life.’
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“And I, very naively – I’m American, we don’t have that there – ‘What are you talking about? That doesn’t make any sense. I’m not in tabloids!’ I didn’t get it.”
She added that it had been a “struggle” and “a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes”, especially as a new mother.
In this way, she is herself describing her blissful ignorance at the start of her royal journey, and how it became harder and harder to fulfil the role she stepped into, thus making Grace’s prediction of royal life an accurate one.