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Naomi Watts Premieres ‘Diana’ In London

Published February 5, 2014 by gossipzoo

Naomi Watts White Versace Gown Diana World Premiere

Naomi Watts arrived at the world premiere of Diana tonight in a white Versace gown, a choice that paid tribute to both the late Princess of Wales’ friend and favored designer.

Just in time for the biopic’s release date, Vanity Fair posted their interview with Lady Pamela Hicks, Prince Philip‘s first cousin and Queen Elizabeth‘s third cousin (do keep up).

Pamela, who is promoting her memoir, Daughter Of An Empire, and boasts a fantastic coif, wasn’t Diana’s biggest fan. While others saw a philanthropic princess, she saw a cranky spouse that made Prince Charles‘ life miserable.

“She had enormous charisma, she was beautiful, she was very good at empathy with the general crowd … and she had no feeling at all for her husband or his family. Quite the reverse!” Hicks said of Diana.

“She was really spiteful, really unkind to him-and, my God, he’s a man who needs support and encouragement. [The marriage] absolutely destroyed him. He looked grey and ghost-like. Now of course he’s blossomed again.

“She made everybody believe she’d been thrown to the wolves. Such nonsense! She was given the Queen’s favorite lady-in-waiting, Sue Hussey, to help her, to teach her. But she didn’t want to be told anything. ‘That’s boring, Sue,’ she’d say. Instead, she wanted to listen to her music and go disco-ing or to some jive concert.

“She didn’t try. She had no need to try because she saw the people admired her, then they admired her more. She reckoned she was the star.”

So…anyway. The tentative US release date for Diana is November 1st.

‘Diana’ Gets A Release Date, And A Big Thumbs-Down From Dr. Hasnat Khan

Published January 10, 2014 by gossipzoo

Diana, the biopic based on Kate Snell‘s book about the Princess of Wales and her lover, Dr. Hasnat Khan, is due to open internationally on September 5th. The US release date for the film, starring Naomi Watts and Naveen Andrews, is currently slated for November 1st.

The world premiere will take place in London’s Leicester Square.

Dr. Khan, a heart surgeon, met the Princess at the Royal Brompton Hospital while treating her friend’s husband. The couple secretly dated for two years, and broke up shortly before Diana’s death in August 1997. Dr. Khan spoke to the Mail on Sunday this weekend about his disapproval of the film, despite producers claiming they had his “tacit acceptance.”

“It is a complete lie,” Dr. Khan said of producer Robert Berstein‘s claims that he met Snell outside of a brief encounter in the late 90s The author came to the hospital, where she and Dr. Khan had a cup of coffee.

“I haven’t spoken to anyone involved in that movie. I have never given any approval for it,” he said. “I have never met or talked or written to Bernstein and I have never given any approval in a direct or indirect manner.”

Khan admitted that his romance with the Princess ran its course a few months before her untimely death in Paris. During their courtship, the couple would sometimes communicate via Diana’s butler, Paul Burrell. There was at least one instance where Burrell hid the doctor under a sheet while driving him to Kensington Palace.

“Even after two years, the relationship wasn’t leading to a meaningful progression or conclusion and that was the main stress on both of us,” he said.

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