Katie Couric reveals new details about the day she met Princess Diana

  • Katie Couric met Princess Diana when they were sitting together for lunch in June 1996.
  • Couric said Diana told her she “went home to an empty house” after the US trip.
  • Their meeting was two months before Diana and Prince Charles officially filed for divorce.

The day she met Princess Diana, Katie Couric was struck by her beauty and “girlish charm”.

But when she spoke to the princess, Couric said she “sensed a deep sadness” in Diana.

Couric revealed new details about their meeting in her memoir, “Going There,” which was released Tuesday.

The veteran journalist met Princess Diana a year before her tragic death, during a luncheon for breast cancer research in June 1996 at the Drake Hotel in Chicago.

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Princess Diana visits Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago in June 1996.

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Couric sat next to Diana, whom she remembered, “glowing in a sleeveless cream-colored dress with a single string of pearls” and “still looked like the rosy-cheeked, embarrassed, part-time kindergarten teacher Prince Charles introduced to the world when she was only 19.”

“At one point, she turned to me and said, ‘I like your lipstick,’ which surprised me.” Couric continued. “I was flattered that she had noticed it.”

Couric said she later asked Princess Diana if she was “excited to go home” after such an exhausting trip to the United States.

“I would be, but I’m going home to an empty house,” Princess Diana told her.

Two months later, Princess Diana and Prince Charles officially filed for divorce after 15 years of marriage.

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Princess Diana chats with fans outside Northwestern Hospital in Chicago.

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“As we all knew, she was in the process of ending her divorce from Prince Charles,” Couric wrote in his memoirs. “I was surprised by her openness and sensed a deep sadness.”

The legendary “Today” host said she so half jokingly asked why Diana did not “invite some friends to a nap”.

“Princess Diana questioned the thought of it, like a dog hearing a loud whistle,” Couric recalled. “At the time, I had no idea how miserable she really was.”

Couric said Princess Diana also sought parenting advice during their chat and asked, “How do you prevent your kids from watching too much television?”

Diana told Couric she had a “terrible time” getting Prince William and Prince Harry – who were 13 and 11 – from shutting down the TV.

“I think we asked her to save the remote,” Couric added.

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