Princess Dianas London flat where flatmates paid £18 a week in rent

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The flat that Princess Diana shared with her friends in Earls Court, West London, before marrying the Prince of Wales and moving into Clarence House will receive a blue plaque today.

Flat 60, Coleherne Court will be commemorated by English Heritage in order to honour Diana’s charitable work including raising awareness of HIV and AIDS, My London reports.

In the Princess’ memoir written by Andrew Morton- Diana: In Her Own Words, she called living at the apartment “the happiest time of her life”.

She wrote: “It was juvenile, innocent, uncomplicated and above all fun. I laughed my head off there.”

In the Earls Court flat, it is said that Diana had a sign that read “Chief Chick” above her door and that she was keen on keeping the home clean.

It also stated that the then Lady Diana's friend Carolyn, said the Princess always had “the rubber gloves on as she clucked about the place” and that “it was her house and when it is your own you are incredibly proud of it".

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A true stickler for cleaning, Diana imposed a rota for everyone to pitch in and maintain the home she loved.

In a photo released of one of the rooms, the walls are painted in a powder blue colour with green carpets.

The flat also featured a grand entrance, and a bay window with seating and it is said that Diana decorated the home in Habitat style.

A young Diana was given the flat by her parents as a gift at the age of 18 and she quickly invited her friends to live with her for £18 per week.

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The flat was originally purchased for £50,000 back in 1979 but was estimated to now be worth a whopping £2.41million as of July 2021 according to Zoopla.

But once Diana got engaged to Prince Charles, her mother sold the three-bedroom flat with two bathrooms for £100,000, with the public arranging viewings just to get a peek inside the royal’s former abode.

She lived at the flat from 1979 to 1981 before taking the world by storm and becoming the People’s Princess.

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  • Princess Diana
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