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Lady Elizabeth Shakerley
Lady Elizabeth Shakerley
BBC BREAKFAST WITH FROST INTERVIEW: LADY ELIZABETH SHAKERLEY FEBRUARY 10TH, 2002

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DAVID FROST: Let's join now Liza, Lady Elizabeth Shakerley joining us from Norwich. A sad weekend Liza?

LIZA SHAKERLEY: A very sad weekend, I will miss her quite enormously, you can imagine.

DAVID FROST: Did the picture you got of her from the papers and the television strike you as true, accurate?

LIZA SHAKERLEY: I haven't had a real chance to read all the papers but you know I think a troubled Princess is a sad way to, to describe her.

DAVID FROST: Yes, her last days, her last years, obviously, as Prince Charles said in his memorable tribute, were obviously pretty awful for her, the pain and so on, but before that it was a more joyous life than is portrayed, is that what you're saying?

LIZA SHAKERLEY: Yes absolutely, I mean I think, you know, I mean she was, as Prince Charles said yesterday, I mean she, she lived life to the full and she was, you know, such a, a fun person, I mean she had a great capacity for making people laugh and making, you know, a situation wonderful and you know I have tremendously happy memories of her as that. I mean of course the, the latter years have not been at all easy and nobody would want anybody to go through that but you know she was such a very sort of talented person, I think she could, in certain ways I mean she could have carved out a musical career for herself and she could have, you know, possibly been on the stage. She was somebody who, who had a great capacity for giving a lot of people pleasure and she was a very, very, very good and very loyal friend.

DAVID FROST: As you, as you think of her and over the years have you recognised the portrait of her over the years or do you think there have been sort of unfair conclusions drawn over the years, things you wanted to write a letter to the editor about or something?

LIZA SHAKERLEY: Well it always used to irritate me that you know whenever there was sort of any sort of cartoon depicting her that somehow she was always attached to a, a bottle of Famous Grouse and you know a cigarette and a packet of cigarettes when you know for many years she neither smoked nor drank and I always felt that was, you know, a very unfair thing to do to somebody who couldn't answer back in that way.

DAVID FROST: And what, what will be your abiding memory, is there one particular moment or series of moments that will particularly come back to you?

LIZA SHAKERLEY: I think that I would like particularly to remember a dinner I had with her in a restaurant about a year ago, it was the first dinner she had, you know, in a restaurant for many months and I think unfortunately the last, it was just before her stroke last year and she looked so wonderfully beautiful. She was wearing a beautiful red and gold jacket and she was wearing, had taken out her rubies and, and she looked almost, I mean she did look as she did before she had her very first stroke and she was in fantastic form and that is actually how I would like to remember and will remember her.

DAVID FROST: And, well it's very, very good of you Liza, to talk with us this morning, I know it can't be easy but thank you for giving us those insights, thank you very much.

LIZA SHAKERLEY: Not at all.

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