Princess Diana’s outspoken personal dress designer has recently revealed that Prince Charles never gave his wife a single flower despite his love for gardening and flowers.
Paul Costelloe, 71, worked for Princess Diana for 15 years until her death in 1997. He said she was “excited” when he personally brought her bunches to Kensington Palace, reports the Daily Mail. But he claimed that Diana’s husband Prince Charles, who she married in 1981, never did the same.
The Dublin born designer – who is well-known for creating the iconic British Airways uniform in 1992, said his “most amazing” work was for Princess Diana. In the past, he has criticized the members of the royal family. In the year 2015, he sparked a new controversy by claiming that Kate Middleton’s fashion sense was “quite disappointing”.
Speaking to Sunday Times, he said: “My most amazing work was for Diana. I got paid really well there – nice little cheques, signed by Prince Charles – probably reluctantly.”
On being asked what it was like designing for Princess Diana, he claimed: “I would go to Kensington Palace and bring her a bunch of flowers each time.
He also added that,
“She was very much thrilled. But, I don’t think he (Charles) ever gave her a flower.”
Prince Charles is also known for his love of gardening. In the 1980s he bought the stately home Highgrove House and said about pouring his “heart and soul” into transforming 25 acres of barren grounds.
Diana, married him the following year, but never took any interest in the project, viewing the garden only as a convenient place to take walks. She would mostly watch television or read magazines.
Charles left his wife to her own devices and, as a beginner gardener, inquired to close friends and professionals for guidance.
They readily offered their services for free, without any reluctance.