20 September, 2020

Di's Indian Friend

Socialite Gulu Lalvani says she wanted to see more of India

Di's Indian Friend

BRITISH prime minister Tony Blair had offered Princess Diana an "important place in government" shortly before she died, reveals a close friend Gulu Lalvani. "She accepted the offer, she was thrilled about it," Lalvani told Outlook. "That is one reason why she felt very close to the Labour government."

 Lalvani, among the most successful Indian businessmen in Britain, said Diana had told him that "Tony Blair had talked to Bill Clinton about this when they met in London, and Clinton thought it was a great idea". What did Diana say about the offer? "She said, 'I'm thrilled, it's a great idea, I like it very much.'"

 That offer was made over a lunch at 10 Downing Street, where Blair had invited her, Lalvani said. The lunch meeting was "on a Sunday about four to five weeks back", he added. Diana had told Lalvani after the lunch that Tony Blair "wanted to use me in government in some capacity". Evidently, the new British prime minister wanted take her up...



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