Donald Trump Wanted Princess Diana to Be His “Trophy Wife,” Says Former BBC Journalist Selina Scott

Donald Trump and Princess Diana
Donald Trump wanted Princess Diana to be his "trophy wife," according to BBC TV anchor Selina Scott, who was also a friend of the late People's Princess. D Dipasupil/Getty Images; Georges DeKeerle/Getty Images

Real estate royalty? Donald Trump wanted Princess Diana to be his "trophy wife," according to BBC TV anchor Selina Scott, who was also a friend of the late People's Princess.

Scott, 64, has been a longtime critic of the real estate mogul, who is currently eyeing the Republican nomination in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. She also claims that Trump allegedly gave the late Princess Diana "the creeps" as he tried to win her affections following her 1996 divorce from Prince Charles.

"Trump clearly saw Diana as the ultimate trophy wife," Scott wrote in the Aug. 16 edition of The Sunday Times. "As the roses and orchids piled up at her apartment she became increasingly concerned about what she should do. It had begun to feel as if Trump was stalking her."

The veteran TV personality, whose long-running feud with Trump, 69, has been well-documented in the British press over the last two decades — claimed that Princess Diana even asked Scott over dinner what she should do about Trump's advances.

"'What am I going to do?' she asked. 'He gives me the creeps,'" Scott recalled of their alleged meal. "'Just throw them in the bin,' I advised. Diana laughed." (The mom to Princes William and Harry subsequently dated Egyptian billionaire Dodi Fayed, who died alongside Diana in the fatal car crash in Paris nearly two decades ago.)

Scott reported that Princess Diana's sudden death shook Trump as much as it shattered the world. "When she died in the tragic accident in Paris in 1997, Trump told friends his biggest regret was that they hadn't dated. He said that he always thought he had a chance of romance and would have had a 'shot' with he," the journalist wrote.

Indeed, a wistful Trump fondly remembered Princess Diana in his 1997 book, The Art of the Comeback. "I only have one regret in the women department — that I never had the opportunity to court Lady Diana Spencer. I met her on a number of occasions," he wrote. "I couldn’t help but notice how she moved people. She lit up the room with her charm, her presence. She was a genuine princess — a dream lady."

Meanwhile, a Trump rep told the paper of Diana and the Republican presidential hopeful: "They had a great relationship, liked each other a lot, but nothing ever came of it."

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