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29 August 2017

Friend of Princess Diana haunted by her death after pulling out of holiday that led to her fateful trip to Paris with Dodi

A PAL of Princess Diana is haunted by the thought her last-minute cancellation of a trip together led to her death.

Fashion designer Lana Marks said she had to pull out of a four-day holiday in Milan after learning her father had died of heart failure.

Princess Diana and Dodi went on holiday to St Tropez in 1997 before their deaths
Princess Diana and Dodi went on holiday to St Tropez in 1997 before their deaths
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Diana and Lana met in 1995 when Lana designed a handbag for her
Diana and Lana met in 1995 when Lana designed a handbag for her
Lana and Diana had planned a getaway to Milan for four days before Lana's father died
Lana and Diana had planned a getaway to Milan for four days before Lana’s father died
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She flew to her native South Africa and Diana, 36, went to Paris, where she was killed in a car crash on August 31, 1997.

Lana, now 63 — speaking to The Sun before this Thursday’s 20th anniversary of the tragedy — said: “It was a terrible time.

“I was supposed to be on vacation with Diana in Milan right then. We were going to go to Lake Como before flying back.

“But my father died suddenly so I had to cancel my vacation with the princess and travel to my homeland.

“I could only reach her butler Paul Burrell. I asked him to get my urgent message to her.

She called me in South Africa and we had a chance to talk. I felt bad because she was at a loose end.

Diana and Lana were going to go to Lake Como as part of their holiday
Diana and Lana were going to go to Lake Como as part of their holiday
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Diana joined Dodi in Paris instead of going to Milan with Lana
Diana joined Dodi in Paris instead of going to Milan with Lana
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Princess Diana in Washington in 1996
Princess Diana in Washington in 1996
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Lana says she can't shake the thought of Diana and how she died
Lana says she can’t shake the thought of Diana and how she died
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The wreckage of the car that Diana, Dodi and the driver were in that crashed in Paris
The wreckage of the car that Diana, Dodi and the driver were in that crashed in Paris
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Diana's friend said she found out about her death when she got back from South Africa
Diana’s friend said she found out about her death when she got back from South Africa
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“Then she went to Paris with her lover Dodi Fayed and that terrible accident happened.” Lana, who met Diana in 1995 after being asked to design a handbag for her, was told about the tragedy when she and her husband got home to Palm Beach, Florida.

She said: “For the next few years I was in shock. I still feel the pain of it all. I constantly think, ‘What if she’d been with me?’ All that might not have happened.

“I feel terrible when I have that thought but can’t get rid of it. I’m thinking of her more than usual now due to the anniversary and it definitely still plays on my mind.”

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