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Joan Collins says Princess Diana bumped into her at a restaurant and told her she had 'the most boring lunch' with a king

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Joan Collins and Princess Diana. David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images, Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images
  • Joan Collins recalled the last time she met Princess Diana.

  • Writing in People, she said the princess complained about her meal with a Spanish king.

  • Diana called it "one of the most boring lunches I've ever had," Collins said.

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Joan Collins said the last time she met Princess Diana, the royal complained about "the most boring lunch" with a Spanish king.

Writing about her memories of the princess in People magazine, the "Dynasty" star said she met Diana about six times before she died in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997.

"The last time I saw her, we were both having lunch at Harry's Bar in London," Collins wrote. "I think she was dining with King Juan Carlos of Spain and somebody else. When she left, she passed by and winked and said, 'One of the most boring lunches I've ever had.'"

Diana was known to have a good relationship with the Spanish royal family and even took Prince Harry and Prince William on vacation with them at the Marivent Palace in Majorca in August 1987. After the visit, Diana told her bodyguard Ken Wharfe that she thought the king "fancied her," the Barcelona author Pilar Eyre wrote in a book about the Spanish royals, according to the Daily Mail.

Collins also opened up about her reaction to Diana's death, writing in People that she "cried for days" after hearing the news.

"She was very natural and unaffected and real. I think that that has rubbed off on her sons, particularly Prince William, and also I think that Princess Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, is following in her footsteps," Collins wrote. "I can't think of anybody who has been as popular. Of course, the Queen is exceedingly popular. But Diana, she was a phenomenon."

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