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Diana’s fashion designer says she was ‘so warm’ and ‘kind’ to work with

Former Diana’s personal fashion designer, the Princess of Wales said she was “so warm” and “so kind” to work with.

Paul Costelloe told BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs that going to Kensington Palace to meet her while he was designing clothes for her was “one of the most incredible experiences” of his life.

Costelloe worked as a personal designer for Diana from 1983 until her death.

Diana, Princess of Wales (John Stillwell / PA)

When asked why Diana is conceiving, Costelloe said, “So distinguished, so feminine, so warm, so humorous.”

He said that when he sat in the lounge at Kensington Palace he “couldn’t believe” he was there.

“It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life,” added Costelloe.

He also reflected on seeing photographs of Diana meeting Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti in one of his dresses after being caught in a downpour at a concert in Hyde Park.

Designers take part in the Enchanted Palace exhibition
Paul Costelloe (Ian Nicholson / AP)

“She looked so happy and she made me so proud and I’m so grateful to have this picture of her and I’m almost shedding a tear right now, because it was such a special moment and I always cherish every moment, “he said.

Costelloe also said that Netflix’s royal drama The Crown did a “nice rip off of my yellow linen print dress” during one of the episodes starring Diana.

“Not as good as the original, might I add,” he said.

He was also asked if he thought post-pandemic people would turn away from fast fashion.

Paul Costelloe Fashion Show - London Fashion Week 2013
Paul Costelloe (Gareth Fuller / PA)

He replied, “Unfortunately, probably not. I still think there’s that client out there who wants instant gratification and then throw it away.

“We’re human and at the end of the day we’ll change briefly, but I think we’ll probably go back to bad, bad habits.

“They don’t leave overnight. Never expect too much of human nature.

Desert Island Discs’ episode of Costelloe airs Sunday at 11 a.m.