Princess Dianas new man has spoken for the first time about being in love with the most famous woman in the world.
Dodi Al Fayed, 41, poured out his feelings for Diana in a heart-to- heart with his former wife Suzanne, 33. Choosing his words carefully to convey the full force of his feelings, he said: "Its not a fling, I promise. Its serious." The tycoon, normally so at ease with the trappings of fame, also spoke about the incredible excitement of romancing Diana. "One minute it was private, the next we were overwhelmed with the publicity," he said. "Ive never known anything like the interest in this." Suzanne bears an incredible likeness to the princess. She is slim, tall and has the same shock of blonde hair and deep blue eyes.
Suzanne said: "When I eventually spoke to him, I said, OK, so why didnt you tell me about all this? This is a bit of a bolt from the blue. "He told me, Well, I didnt have time, then explained about the overwhelming publicity. "I went on, Well, is this just a temporary thing, a fling? Or is it something more serious?
"He sounded quite sombre, promised me that it wasnt a fling, then said, Diana and I are having a romance, a true romance.
"I kind of went, wow, so it IS serious! And he said, Yes it is. "I didnt ask him any personal details, but I know Dodi well enough to realise that he must be in love with Di-and Im sure she must be in love with him." Recalling every word of their chat, Suzanne went on: Dodi said that hell be coming to LA. soon and that we must have dinner. "I asked him, Will you be bringing Diana with you? He said. Well I might, it all depends on schedules and other things. If its just Dodi alone, then he, me and my husband will have dinner together. If Diana is with him, then well go out as a foursome. Suzanne is now happily married to Beverly Hills surgeon Phillipe Quilici, 42. They have two boys aged one and four.
"It would be nice to meet Diana, but we wouldnt be overawed," she said. "My husband is a top surgeon, I was an international model, and we live and work alongside the Hollywood community. "The jet-set life is something of a cliche, but weve lived that life so Im sure we could take Princess Di in our stride. "There are lots of people whod be overawed having a romance with Diana - but not Dodi. Even with the additional pressure of all this publicity hes still very cool." Since the couple split up in 1987 Dodi has been one of the worlds great playboys, surrounded by beautiful women wherever he goes. But Suzannes brother Ken remembers the first time he turned up at the family home. "My dad made Dodi come to the house and ask for Suzannes hand in marriage," he said.
"It was so cool, there was this little house in Long Beach, and this millionaire turns up with limos and bodyguards standing outside.
"The neighbours thought the President was visiting. But Dodi worshipped Suzanne. She actually told me once, You know he gets down on the ground and kisses my feet Suzannes mum, Danish-born Elise Gregard, chipped in: He and Suzanne first had a place in Malibu, and then in New York. I remember them coming for Christmas dinner to our home in Long Beach. "Dodi brought every single one of the family a gift he had chosen and bought himself. We had a traditional Christmas, with roast turkey and all the trimmings, we put the gifts around our decorated Christmas tree, and Dodi seemed to love it all.
"I also remember Suzanne telling me that when she and Dodi were in Britain they were at a function or a concert, I cannot remember which, and were both introduced to the Prince and Princess of Wales. "I did think about that when I learned that Dodi is seeing Diana.
"There is a tremendous physical likeness between Suzanne and Di ana, and I think its probable that at last he has found someone who can fill the gap in his life that Suzanne left when they parted. Mrs. Gregard, 61, then offered her own message of hope to Diana. "I actually think youre very fortunate", she told the princess. "Here is a man who - if he really loves you - will be utterly dedicated to you. "Hes sweet, hes kind, hes funny, and hes very rich - so youll be able to live in the way you have become accustomed.
"Dodi is very gentle and tender. If it couldnt work out between my daughter and him - and thats all water under the bridge - l hope he can make you happy."
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