Princess Diana's friend shares story about her hilarious reaction to a fire alarm on what would have been her 58th birthday

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1st July marks Princess Diana's birthday - today, the late royal would have been 58 years old.

It's been 22 years since her untimely death, but in a touching tribute to the Princess, one of her friends has shared a brilliant memory of his time with her.

Nish Joshi, Diana's holistic health practitioner, has spoken to the Daily Mail (opens in new tab) to share a touching - and hilarious story about a moment with late Princess and her youngest son, Prince Harry.

Revealing that the pair often spent time together at her Kensington Palace home, Nish said, "We'd watch EastEnders together at Kensington Palace. Diana would sit there in her dressing gown and tell me funny stories.

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"One time Harry told me he thought his mother was bonkers. 'Tell Nish what happened and ask him what he would have done,' Diana said to Harry."

The therapist, who now runs a clinic in London, went on to reveal the hilarious exchange that happened between the Princess of Wales and Harry.

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Nish explained, "He told me the fire alarm had gone off in the middle of the night and staff were evacuating the apartment. Harry went to look for Diana and found his mother putting on her mascara in the bathroom.

"'Come on Mummy, we are going to be burnt.' She replied, 'I'm coming in a minute.' It makes sense to me, I told Harry. 'But she's barmy,' he said.

"Diana then said, 'Harry, within a few minutes I was going to have two dozen firemen in my front garden. I was not going outside in my nightie without my mascara.'"

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We're sure that's something we can all relate to! What a brilliant story about the late Princess...

Princess Diana was well known for being down-to-earth and personable, and is often quoted as having told her friends and associates that she wanted Prince William and Harry to have as normal a life as possible.

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Although the two brothers have grown up in the glare of the spotlight, they've worked hard to honour their mothers memory and wishes, continuing much of the royal work she began before her death in 1997.

In fact, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will be heading to South Africa later this year (opens in new tab), where the Duke will visit Angola, to address the issue of land mines there, a topic his mum made famous.

It will be the Duke and Duchess's first trip with baby Archie, who will be around six months old by the time of the trip.

Amy Hunt
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