Martin Bashir and Princess Diana’s first fateful meeting took place at flat owned by novelist who is an aspiring MP for Green Party
- First meeting with Martin Bashir and Diana held at aspiring Green Party MP’s flat
- Samantha Weinberg was a long time friend of princess’s brother Earl Spencer
- Ms Weinberg is thought to have watched Countdown next door as the pair talked
The fateful first meeting between Martin Bashir and Princess Diana was hosted at a flat owned by a novelist who is an aspiring MP for the Green Party, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
Samantha Weinberg, a long-time friend and confidante of Diana’s brother Earl Spencer, lived at the mansion block in Knightsbridge, West London, where the introduction took place in September 1995.
Ms Weinberg is believed to have watched Channel 4’s Countdown in an adjoining room while Bashir presented one fantastical allegation after another to the Princess, each one noted down meticulously by Earl Spencer.
The first meeting between Martin Bashir and Princess Diana was hosted at a flat owned by novelist Samantha Weinberg (pictured)
He was so alarmed by Bashir’s performance that he never met him again – and assumed his sister would do the same.
Instead, Bashir secured his bombshell interview for Panorama, which was broadcast in November 1995. Now 54 and living near Chippenham, Wiltshire, Ms Weinberg declined to comment yesterday, saying: ‘I’m not speaking to anyone about that [Bashir].’
As well as her friendship with the Earl, Ms Weinberg has another connection to Princess Diana as her stepmother, Anouska Hempel, designed dresses for the Royal.
Educated at £25,000-a-year St Paul’s Girls’ School in Hammersmith, West London, she graduated with a degree in economics from the University of Cambridge before travelling to South Africa to work as a journalist.
After returning to the UK, she embarked on a career as a novelist. Her best-known books are The Moneypenny Diaries, fictional memoirs of James Bond’s redoubtable secretary, written under the pen name Kate Westbrook.
The infamous interview happened following the meeting in the author’s west London home
The self-proclaimed ‘007 fan and feminist’ lives with her film producer husband Mark Fletcher and two children. Since 2010, she has stood as the Green Party candidate in her local area and is known locally as the ‘Green Party pin-up’.
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