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Diana's dear friend Nelson Mandela has passed away this evening. This news comes as a shock tonight because Diana's Son William and Daughter In law are attending the Premier of the biographical film of Mandela's life The Long Walk to Freedom.  In 1997 Diana was invited to the home of president Mandela which would be the only public photo of her during her  final trip to South Africa that year.


In 2002 Mr Mandela  paid a visit to Althorp and laid a wreath at the grave site of his friend.

He also planted a oak tree in her memory there.


DL Member Beth with the tree Planted by President Nelson Mandela

DL Member Beth with the tree Planted by President Nelson Mandela




Last night was the premiere of the Lifetime movie The House of Versace. The film is based on the life of Donatella Versace and her family after the death of Gianni Versace in 1997. I expected to see Diana make some sort of appearance but she was every where in this film it really makes you think about how much influnce she had on the brand at the time.Who knew at the time of her divorce that the Versace's  was really trying to help Diana break free of the royal restraints in her wardrobe. In this film she was mentioned at least seven times and shown on screen via real footage through out the film. . Many  would wonder why she was such a major influnce in this movie one reason is because she helped put VERSACE on the map,  she also was a friend of the family.The way Diana was put in this film was very tastful and there wasn't any cheesy actress portraying her.

::Photos from the Film::

Diana arriving for Gianni's FuneralDiana Sitting with Elton

Aunt Lucia  tells the family about Diana's Accident

Aunt Lucia tells the family about Diana's Accident

The Versace Family watches the news report on Diana 's accident

The Versace Family watches the news report on Diana 's accident

Diana appears in a news report about the rumors surrounding her death.

Diana appears in a news report about the rumors surrounding her death. Donatella gets upset because of the lies and accuses the press of killing her.

Donatello Sees Dianain the blue dress and remembers how Diana  said she loved the gown and how she just danced and danced in it.

Donatella sees Diana in the blue dress and remembers how Diana said she loved the gown and how she just danced and danced wearing it.

::A look at Diana's Versace Wardrobe::


These gowns are also made for Diana by Versace

there were made for foreign tours and private functions

they are currently on display in the Diana a Celebration exhibit



::Diana at Her Friend Gianni's Funeral::

This is the last time Diana ever wore  Versace a few months later we would lose Diana.

It was at Gianni's funeral that Diana and Elton John made up after a silly rift between them over the book

Rock and Royalty.

Diana was asked by Elton to write the Foreword to Gianni's book and when she found

out that it had featured nude photos  she refused to be a part of it.

This led to Diana and Elton not speaking for awhile.

Thank god they were able to make up before the tragic ending to Diana's life.

The last time Diana would wear VERSACE

The last time Diana would wear VERSACE


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Naomi Watts paid tribute to Diana by wearing Versace  to the Premier of her  movie DIANA


GiannI : The Legendary Designer

Gianni : The Legendary Designer

James Whitaker, regarded as the doyen of the royal reporting pack during the Princess Diana era, died this morning. He was 71.

As the Daily Mirror's royal editor for a generation, he was responsible for breaking a succession of exclusive stories.

He became well known as a TV commentator on the royal family, famously being dubbed the "big red tomato" by one of the princes due to his bulky skiing outfit.

Daily Mirror editor Richard Wallace said:

"James was a true Fleet Street legend who became famous around the world as a royal reporter.

His colleagues often joked that at times he appeared grander than the royals themselves - which, of course, he loved.

Despite the severity of his illness, he never complained or went in for self-pity, but insisted he had a life well lived. Our thoughts are with his loving family who - like us all - will miss him terribly."

I worked twice with James - at the Daily Star and the Mirror - and he was a terrific colleague. Loud, funny and with an amazing enthusiasm for story-getting.

He built up a range of valuable contacts and there were periods at the Mirror when he was producing exclusive stories virtually by the day.

For 20 years he worked closely with the Mirror photographer Kent Gavin. "We were not only colleagues but friends," he said this morning. "We travelled the world together and had a great time.

"He was, truly, a legend in his time. He had a great rapport with all the members of the royal family in spite of writing controversial stories sometimes.

"And he was respected by colleagues and rivals as well. He was just the best."

The Sun's royal photographer, Arthur Edwards, said: "We lost a giant today, a great, great guy. What I am today is down to James. He was a fantastic bloke to work with.

"He was so hard-working and unrelenting in his attempts to get stories. He loved scoops."

Arthur also reminded me that James "lived life on a first-class ticket around the world - staying at the best hotels, eating the finest food and skiing in the top resorts."

He was also very funny. While covering one of Princess Diana's visits to a hospital in a scruffy north London borough, he found Arthur and Gavin eating in a greasy spoon cafe.

It prompted James, who never whispered, to shout: "Fuck me Arthur, it's enough that we have to write for them. We don't have to eat with them as well."

For several years James shared a desk with my wife, Noreen Taylor, then a Mirror feature writer, and she told amusing anecdotes about the way James handled his own celebrity.

He was regularly interviewed by reporters from across the world as the most knowledgeable of royal correspondents.

He knew his worth and refused to be interviewed until he had agreed a fee. He always responded to telephone inquiries by TV and radio researchers by asking: "Am I speaking in my own time?"

He was aware of his booming, plummy voice, often telling how an Australian newspaper had once described him as sounding as if he was a retired brigadier addressing a pair of deaf daughters.

James is one of the very few journalists (along with me) to have worked on the staffs of all five of the current national tabloids.

He was born in Cheltenham in 1940 and educated at Cheltenham College, working first as an articled clerk in an accountancy firm.

It was in 1963 that he became a journalist, starting out as a reporter with the Hounslow, Brentford and Chiswick Post. After four years, he moved to Fleet Street, to work for the Daily Mail.

He went across to its rival, the Daily Express, in 1971 to join the William Hickey column. Four years later, he moved The Sun, which marked the beginning of his intense interest in the royal family and led to him forging a close working relationship with the Arthur.

He joined the Daily Star when it was launched in 1979 to specialise in royal coverage. However, he often did jobs for the news desk too.

I was features editor there in 1980 and recall James being asked to contact the tennis player Martina Navratilova in the run-up to Wimbledon when rumours were emerging of her being gay.

Against the odds, James managed to reach her. He cupped the phone and shouted across to the news desk: "I've got her. I'm going to ask her now."

He was standing up and speaking so loudly the whole office became engaged in his conversation.

After a pleasantry or two, he said: "I have to put this to you Miss Navratilova, my news desk want to know, are you a lesbian?"

A second later, he shouted out: "She's gone. She's gone. She wouldn't say."

News was his first love and he didn't like writing features. If required to do so, it was his habit to stack up a plate of smoked salmon sandwiches next to his typewriter alongside a bottle of champagne.

He stayed with the Star until 1983 and then joined the Daily Mirror, where he prospered as the royal reporters' royal reporter.

Among his most memorable stories was the revelation of Princess Diana's eating disorder, which - like so many of his scoops that eventually turned out to be true - wasn't s believed at the time.

He wrote several books about royalty and, just as he worked hard, so he played hard. He enjoyed skiing, tennis and gambling.

He also became something of a television personality, both as a pundit and as one of those people who put themselves through the torture of reality TV.

Always smiling, always honest and forthright, always positive, it was a pleasure to be in his company and to work with him. Like Richard, Arthur and Kent, I salute one of popular journalism's greatest characters.

By Catherine Ostler

Besotted: Princess Diana's relationship with Theodore Forstmann was still 'on the boil' when she died, a new book claims
There was a time when it looked like New York billionaire Theodore ‘Teddy’ Forstmann might play Aristotle Onassis to Princess Diana’s poignantly single Jackie Kennedy.
While not blessed with the good looks of a dashing Major James Hewitt or her other lover, swarthy art dealer Oliver Hoare, he was, like Onassis, reassuringly rich, clever, and more than able to provide private jets and security.
The bear-like financier had a soft spot for glamorous, troubled women. He was an attractive father figure for Diana, being more than 20 years her senior and a deal-making man of the world.
In her posthumous biography, The Diana Chronicles, Tina Brown insisted that their relationship was still ‘on the boil’ — one of a few options on the hob — when Diana died.
After all, Brown wrote, he was irresistible to a woman who needed a private jet: ‘Theodore Forstmann not only owned a Gulfstream aircraft but the company that manufactured it.’
The self-made businessman died on Sunday of brain cancer at the age of 71. He had an inoperable tumour. Although he was staggeringly successful with his private equity fund, a committed sports enthusiast who went on to run the sports agency IMG, and a famous philanthropist in the U.S., he was best known in Britain for his romances.
Most particularly, as an enigmatic character in the drama of Diana’s post-Charles love-life.
Teddy Forstmann had met Diana when he sat next to her during a black-tie dinner thrown by the banker and grandee Lord (Jacob) Rothschild during Wimbledon fortnight in 1994. Fittingly, it was at Spencer House, the 18th-century London palace built for the Princess’s ancestor, the first Earl Spencer.
Forstmann was bowled over by Diana and flattered that she had read up on him in advance. He was already well into his 50s, and unmarried, although he did have a fiancee, a New York model called Debbie Hagerty who he had been with for three years.

Some years later, Debbie said she was ‘furious at Diana’. She fumed: ‘For her to pursue my man for a sexual affair made me so angry?.?.?.?it shocked me because Teddy is different from most men with money. He is so kind and so decent I had never thought of him as a cheater.’
After the Spencer House meeting, Forstmann sent Diana flowers every week for three years. On an early date they had dinner at the Compleat Angler, in Marlow, Bucks, and he was so mesmerised by her that he nearly set fire to the menu.

Good match? Teddy Forstmann with Diana after tennis in 1994 while on holiday in Martha's Vineyard, America
He told Brown that Diana ‘was a great mother and very bad to herself’, and that she’d had fantasies of Forstmann running for President of the U.S., with herself as his wife and First Lady, ensconced (presumably, in a chic suite) in the White House.
Diana asked Teddy to escort her to a party at Annabel’s thrown by Conrad Black, the former Telegraph proprietor. He took her to lunch at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons restaurant outside Oxford; she had him to lunch at Kensington Palace.
Affair: Teddy Forstmann's romance with Padma Lakshmi, pictured, was possibly the closest he ever came to marriage
Then they were reunited in Martha’s Vineyard where Diana was staying with her friend, the Brazilian socialite and diplomat’s wife Lucia Flecha de Lima. They were spotted playing tennis in matching outfits.
At this point, Forstmann seems to have been playing a complicated game because the very same month he presented his seething fiancee Debbie Hagerty with a new Lamborghini as a 30th birthday present. She was not impressed and dumped him.
Soon after, on another international leg of their high-octane courtship, he was sending his Gulfstream V to New York to collect Diana for a dinner given by the Washington Post’s owner Katharine Graham where they sat next to each other. He gave her 50 roses afterwards — but somehow convinced Debbie that they should also resume their engagement.

He told her that his affair with Diana was non-sexual, and that the Princess was the one pursuing him. But when he and Debbie went to Aspen, Diana ‘coincidentally’ arrived in nearby Vail. Debbie said Teddy explained that Diana was too needy for him and he was worried she was after his money?.?.?.?and that he broke off with her for love of Debbie.
(However, Debbie and Forstmann finally broke up in 1999, two years after Diana’s death.)
The truth is that Forstmann didn’t like the publicity that went with being Diana’s love interest. He did, however, remain close to her until the end of her life.
‘Mutual confidants, after a romance’ that he aborted was how he described their relationship to the writer Jay McInerney in a piece for New York magazine in 2005.
In the end, Diana used him as a telephonic sounding-board, asking him, as an older wiser man, what to do about her war with the Royal Family, about her dislike of Camilla and hatred for Prince Philip. She was seeking advice on ‘tactics’, said Forstmann.
Platonic: Teddy Forstmann told friends he had a non-sexual relationship with Princess Diana and claimed she was pursuing him
A few months before she died in 1997, she asked him to find her a house on the beach near his in Southampton, Long Island. He found one with a pool on the ocean, but it was vetoed by British security.
U.S. intelligence, who were bugging her phone, advised British intelligence it was unsafe, and she needed official clearance as she was planning to take her sons, William and Harry. Instead, she spent that fateful summer with the Fayeds. If she’d taken his advice she’d still be alive, Teddy believed.
After Diana, Forstmann’s track record with women moved on to a series of other impossibly glamorous women, most notably Elizabeth Hurley and Sir Salman Rushdie’s ex-wife, Padma Lakshmi. Jane Procter, who was editing Tatler at the time, introduced Hurley to Forstmann at Wimbledon.

She says: ‘He used to give a lunch at Wimbledon and handed every guest a Gulfstream jacket and two tickets each, one for Centre Court and one for Court Number One. He was funny, wise, kind, good at listening and interested in other people. He was really lovely.’
As he always had a soft spot for smart English beauties, his interest in Hurley was not surprising. It didn’t last, but they, too, remained friends; he was godfather to Damian, the son she later had with Hollywood producer Steve Bing.
The affair with Padma Lakshmi (model, cook and TV presenter) was more enduring and was possibly the closest he ever came to marriage, though even this was hardly straightforward. They met after she had split from Salman Rushdie. When she subsequently became pregnant, there was much speculation about who the father was. It turned out to be Adam Dell, younger brother of Michael Dell, of Dell computers.
But three months after her baby’s birth, Padma declared her love for Teddy, saying: ‘I am lucky to have someone who unwaveringly gave me love and manly support — and is also the person that I love. So thank you, Teddy.’
She was still with him when he died.
The tycoon had two adopted sons of his own, Everest and Siya, South African orphans he met through his work as a trustee of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund in the 1990s. They lived with him in New York.
His business history was no less eventful than his romantic life.
For all his success on Wall Street, friends said that Teddy Forstmann was very insecure. Like Diana, he grew up with huge wealth but constantly bickering parents. His father inherited a textile fortune but was an alcoholic who terrorised his wife at their estate in Greenwich, Connecticut, and eventually lost all the family money; hence the desperation to prove himself.
After Yale, Forstmann paid for himself to go to Columbia Law School on the proceeds of gambling at bridge.
He founded Forstmann Little, a company that became an early model of private equity investing in numerous companies including Gulfstream, Dr Pepper and IMG, the sports, fashion and media management company which looked after models Gisele and Heidi Klum, golfer Tiger Woods and tennis star Roger Federer. Combining deal-making, beautiful women and sport, it was his ideal job.
Generous, complex, rich and single, it is no wonder he became the subject of a princess’s fantasy life.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2064536/Billionaire-beguiled-Diana--saved-life.html#ixzz1eOfb6ABa

Theodore Forstmann, the former boyfriend of late Prince Diana was dead at the age of 71 on Sunday due to complications from brain cancer.

The billionaire financier and philanthropist was briefly linked to Prince Diana, who married Charles, Prince of Wales and divorced on 28 August 1996. Later, he had romantic relationship with the Top Chef host and model, Padma Lakshmi for several years.

Forstmann and his affair with Princess Diana was revealed in the Diana’s death investigation. U.S. agencies have tapped his phones and planes in order to confirm his relationship with Diana. Before her death, Diana planned to visit him in summer 1997 with her sons, but British security blocked the visit over security concerns. Reportedly, Diana and Theodore plans for wedding in the last weeks of her life.

His relationship with Lakshmi made headlines after she gave birth to her daughter Krishna in February 2010. Later, it was confirmed that Venture capitalist Adam Dell, the brother of Dell computer firm founder Michael Dell is the father of her baby.

The savvy billionaire invested in several big companies such as Gulfstream Aerospace, Dr Pepper and General Instrument. Forstmann has two sons, Siya and Everest, brothers Anthony and John, and sisters Marina Forstmann Day and Elissa Forstmann Moran. He founded Forstmann Little in 1978 with his brother Nicholas C. Forstmann and as of 2011, his net worth is US$1.6 billion. He was the chairman and CEO of IMG, a leading global sports and media company.

Forstmann was diagnosed with brain cancer and received treatment at the Mayo Clinic in May 2011.

One of the last living stars from Hollywood’s golden age, Dame Elizabeth Taylor has died at the age of 79. The actress, with her famous violet eyes, spent most of her life in the public eye, acting in films when she was just a child.
Elizabeth was on of the first people to help in the fight for AIDS victims and research. In 1982 Diana met at one of Elizabeth's brodway shows The Little Foxes. May you rest in peace Dame Elizabeth you will be sorely missed you were a class act.


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