Nigel Havers he ‘adored’ Princess Diana and that she opened up to him about her troubles
The actor said she opened up to him about her troubles and that he “adored” her but never crossed the line romantically as she was married to Prince Charles.
Speaking on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories he said: “She did come and have tea a couple of times…it was very much just tea.
“I was very, very good. No I wasn’t in love with her but I did adore her. Adored is different to in love.
"And also she was married to Prince Charles. He would have been really cross with me. What an incredibly bad thing to do.
“It was random but it was rather charming. I made a very good cup of tea. She’d say that life was difficult…she was keen to have a conversation with me, just saying hi, what was I up to and stuff like that.”
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The legendary lothario and stage and screen star married his first wife, Caro, in 1974.
I wasn’t in love with her but I did adore her. Adored is different to in love
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He later started an affair with his friend’s sister, Polly Williams, whom he later married. Due to the upset caused, he faced personal turmoil and sought medical help for depression.
Caro died in 2011 and after 10 years of marriage Polly died of ovarian cancer. The 65-year-old father-of-two is now happily married to Georgiana Bronfman.
The actor with his second wife Polly Williams who died after 10 years of marriage
Speaking about his battle with fidelity the Londoner admitted he had a problem, saying: “I think I did but not now. I couldn’t resist these gorgeous women.
"I also thought it wasn’t such a big deal, it is more now. It’s a good thing that I’m totally faithful now. I was as naughty as I could possibly get away with, which was pretty naughty.”
Havers earned a Bafta nomination for his role as Lord Andrew Lindsay in the 1981 British film Chariots of Fire and went on to become a household favourite as Dr Tom Latimer in the British TV comedy series Don’t Wait Up.
The 65-year-old is now happily married to Georgiana Bronfman
He later found a new generation of fans as male court Lewis Archer in Coronation Street.
He told how he heard the news of Diana’s death in France in 1997, saying: “I was on an aeroplane to Los Angeles where I was working and I got a taxi at LAX airport and the driver said to me, ‘She didn’t make it’ and I didn’t know what he was talking about.
“It wasn’t until I got to the hotel [I saw] the commotion and I was just utterly shocked like everybody.”
Havers became a household favourite as Dr Tom Latimer in the British TV comedy series Don’t Wait Up
When asked when the pair had last spoken Havers said: “About a month before, that’s what was so shocking really. Terrible.”
Reflecting on his 50 years in showbusiness he said: “I’ve conditioned myself never to have great ambitions. I’d like to be remember as a good actor, that’s what I’d like. I sometimes think how have I got away with this? But I do like doing what I do and I like to entertain really because that’s my job.”
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