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Katie Couric Reveals What Princess Diana Said to Her Before Her Death

Katie Couric is reflecting on the death of Princess Diana in a new feature for

Here’s what the 62-year-old journalist had to say…

On where she was when she heard the news: “I’ll never forget where I was when I heard that Princess Diana was critically injured in a car accident in Paris. It was the end of August 1997, and I was at our home in Millbrook, New York. My husband, Jay, was in the middle of his battle with colon cancer, and it was an incredibly stressful time. When the news broke, I spent hours glued to the TV in our family room, waiting for any bit of information. I was so upset and holding my breath like the rest of the world. But eventually, Brian Williams announced she had died. I was devastated.”

On grieving with the rest of the world: ““Although I was reporting on what was going on, I too was mourning Princess Diana. It seemed everyone came together that day, united in grief.”

On meeting her before her death: “I was nervous to meet Princess Diana and was seated two seats away from her at lunch. We chatted and she told me she liked my pink lipstick. Funny. Then I said something like, ‘You must be exhausted traveling and meeting so many people and having to shake hands with all these strangers. Are you excited to go home?’ I will never forget her response: “I would be, but I’m going home to an empty house.’ This was as she was finalizing her divorce from Prince Charles, and she seemed a bit melancholy and lonely. My heart broke a little for her. ‘Why don’t you invite some friends over and have a slumber party?’ I playfully suggested. She just tilted her head and looked at me quizzically.”

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How Prince William & Prince Harry Remember Princess Diana on Anniversary of Her Death (Report)

Prince William and Prince Harry are getting ready to honor Princess Diana on the 22nd anniversary of her death.

The 37-year-old Duke of Cambridge and the 34-year-old Duke of Sussex get together to pay tribute to their late mother every year, Us Weekly reports.

Princess Diana tragically passed away in a car crash on August 31, 1997.

Every year, the royal brothers reportedly spend the day together, reminiscing over lunch or dinner at Kensington Palace in London, England.

“They talk about the little things about Diana that made them laugh: the ski trips and outings to Thorpe Park [a British amusement park]; the effort she went to on their birthdays — all of it,” an insider said, adding that “their other halves [Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, respectively] and kids join them later.”

“They always discuss Diana’s charity work and brainstorm ways they can continue her legacy,” the insider continued. “Helping others and being a role model to those less fortunate is at the top of their priority list.”

READ MORE: ‘Diana,’ Musical About Princess Diana, Is Heading to Broadway

'Diana,' Musical About Princess Diana, Is Heading to Broadway

Diana, a Broadway musical about the life of Princess Diana, will premiere in 2020!

Following a sold-out world premiere run at the La Jolla Playhouse in California earlier this year, the musical will premiere on Broadway in March 2020.

Jeanna de Waal will reprise her role as Princess Diana while Roe Hartrampf will play Prince Charles, Erin Davie will play Camilla Parker Bowles, and Judy Kaye will play Queen Elizabeth.

Here is the show’s official synopsis: This is the story of the most famous woman of the modern age: Diana, Princess of Wales. Thrust into a spotlight brighter than any the world had ever known, Diana soon finds herself at odds with her husband, an unrelenting news media, and the monarchy itself. Leading fiercely with her heart, Princess Diana stands up for her family, her country and herself, while managing to capture the hearts of the world. She defied expectations, she rocked the royals and she created a legacy that will endure forever.

Diana will be directed by Come From Away‘s Christopher Ashley with music by MemphisJoe DiPietro and David Bryan. The musical will begin previews on March 2 and the official opening night is March 31.

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Kevin Costner Details How Princess Diana Almost Starred in 'Bodyguard' Sequel

Did you know Princess Diana almost starred in the The Bodyguard sequel?

The original 1992 film’s star, Kevin Costner, 64, made the revelation in a new interview with People.

Diana‘s role would have been similar to Whitney Houston’s.

Sarah [Ferguson, aka "Fergie"] was really important,” Kevin explained. “I always respect Sarah because she’s the one that set up the conversation between me and Diana. She was the one that set it up, and she never said, ‘Well, what about me? I’m a princess too.’ She was just so supportive of the idea.”

“I just remember [Diana] being incredibly sweet on the phone, and she asked the question, she goes, ‘Are we going to have like a kissing scene?’” Kevin continued. “She said it in a very respectful way. She was nervous because her life was very governed. And I said, ‘Yeah, there’s going to be a little bit of that, but we can make that okay too.’”

Kevin previously revealed, in a 2012 interview for Anderson Cooper’s talk show, Anderson, that the sequel would have focused on his Bodyguard character, Frank Farmer, “protecting Diana’s character from paparazzi and stalkers before their relationship turned romantic.”

Kevin Costner obtained the script for the sequel in August 1997, the day before Princess Diana tragically died in a car crash in Paris.

READ MORE: Celebrities Pay Tribute to Princess Diana 20 Years After Her Death

Princess Diana Fatal Crash-Themed Ride Opens at Amusement Park

Princess Diana‘s tragic death is becoming a theme park ride.

The car crash that killed the beloved royal will be recreated as a 3D experience at National Enquirer Live, an immersive museum that launched on Friday (May 24) in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

The museum, based on the publication, will offer feature replicas of Michael Jackson infamously dangling his baby from a hotel balcony and the scene of OJ Simpson‘s ex-wife’s murder.

“There’s no blood. There’s none of that. You see the car crash through computer animation. It’s projected, and you see the buildings and everything in a 3-D presentation. And it shows the pathway as she left the Ritz hotel, and the paparazzi chasing her, and the bang-flash that we think blinded the driver — and how it happened. It’s definitely not in poor taste. It’s just showing the route of what happened. For people who’ve never been to Paris, it’s just showing the topography, and the distance, and the tunnel, and that kind of stuff….it’s done very professionally,” insisted investor Robin Turner to the Daily Beast.

After the ride, visitors will be polled on whether they believe a number of conspiracy theories, including claims Diana was pregnant at the time of her death and was murdered on the orders of Buckingham Palace.

'The Crown' Enlists Newcomer to Play Princess Diana

Emma Corrin has landed the role of Princess Diana in Netflix’s The Crown.

The character will not make an appearance until the fourth season, Variety reports. It was previously thought we would see her in the upcoming third season.

Emma is a newcomer, though she does have some projects in the works! She can be seen in the upcoming Epix series Pennyworth, and will make her film debut as Miss South Africa in Misbehaviour.

Season three of The Crown will debut later this year, and season four does not yet have a release date.