An Irish fashion designer who worked closely with Princess Diana has given his views on how he thinks she would have felt about ‘Megxit’.
Diana’s son Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle have stepped down as senior royals and are looking to move permanently to Canada in a bid to escape the British tabloids.
Paul Costelloe worked with Diana for 15 years. She wore a yellow and white printed dress he created during a visit to Australia in 1988 and a pink suit that he designed when she toured Canada in 1991. He also designed the skirt worn by Diana when she visited India in 1993.
He believes she would approve of the couple’s decision as she always felt her children’s wellbeing was more important than royal protocol.
The designer told Evoke magazine: “She would say ‘Do what you need to do’, definitely.
“She was not a royalist at all, she was a person of the people and she put her children first before anything else.”
Costelloe first met the people’s princess when she visited his store in Windsor when she was 21 years old.
He took the opportunity to ask her if he could visit Kensington Palace and a long-term business relationship and friendship was born.
Costelloe spoke about what it was like to work with her.
He said: “She was lovely to dress, and she was a very honest, sincere person. She was family orientated and she had a sense of humour – she liked to smile.”
The 74-year-old designer has also worked with of members of the Royal family including Princess Anne and her daughter Zara Tindall.
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Written by Michael Kehoe @michaelcalling