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Princess Diana spent her last Christmas ‘alone’ as William and Harry celebrated with Queen

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After Diana officially split from Prince Charles in 1996, the Princess was no longer obligated to spend her Christmas in the traditonal setting of Sandringham house in Norfolk. Royal chef Darren McGrady spoke about how “sad” it was to see Diana on Christmas Eve.

French magazine Gala reported Mr McGrady said: “It was always pretty sad when you worked with the Princess on Christmas Eve.

“William and Harry were going to Sandringham and Princess Diana was there, alone.

“She insisted that the staff spend time with their families for Christmas and that we leave the food in the refrigerator.”

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McGrady claimed staff would prepare meals in advance for Diana that she could reheat. 

When Diana and was still married to the Prince of Wales, the couple would travel to Sandringham, along with their relatives to celebrate Christmas.

The Princess of Wales reportedly didn’t look forward to the stay because, as McGrady put it, “you just couldn’t get away.”

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Mr McGrady added: “Sandringham was so tight, so compact.

“There were so many people there, all the families.

“You just couldn’t get away. You came out of the dining room and you couldn’t go into the sitting room because there were three or four people in there playing charades or Scrabble or something.”

He recalled Diana would go outside for some relief.

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“She would go off for a walk on her own and often I would bump into her when she was out walking. So, I think that’s probably what she wasn’t keen on.”

Diana died in the early hours of August 31, 1997, after her car crashed in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris, France.

She was 36 years old. 

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