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Wednesday, August 19, 1998 Published at 15:10 GMT 16:10 UK


No takers for Diana's flat

The flat is in a mansion block in Knightsbridge

The luxury flat where Diana, Princess of Wales lived before her marriage remains unsold affter almost three months on the market.

Hundreds of curious Diana fans clamoured for a glimpse inside the exclusive Knightsbridge apartment when its doors were opened to prospective buyers last May.

But despite initial interest, the three-bedroomed flat in Coleherne Court, Brompton Road in London is still on the market at 450,000.

Jonathan Blaksley of John Taylor estate agents said that although there had been a great deal of interest in the property, no-one had decided to buy it yet.

"Properties sell or do not sell for various reasons," he said. "Coleherne Court is a popular residential block and there are a number of properties for sale within it at the moment."

Donation to memorial fund

[ image: Diana imposed a strict regime to keep the flat clean]
Diana imposed a strict regime to keep the flat clean
The flat's present owners, who do not want to be named, have pledged to donate 10% of any money paid over the 450,000 asking pruce to the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.

The property was given to Diana by her parents as a coming-of-age present in July 1979. Diana once said it was where she spent the happiest time of her life.

Diana moved into the flat almost immediately after it was given to her and furnished it in simple Habitat style.

She lived with friends whom she charged 18-a-week rent. She wrote the words "Chief Chick" on her bedroom door so no-one would forget her landlady status.

She was said to have imposed a strict cleaning rota.

Diana left the flat in February 1981 and moved into Clarence House, the Queen Mother's residence on the night before her engagement to Prince Charles was officially announced.

After the wedding in July, Diana's mother, Frances Shand Kydd, sold the flat to Japanese buyers for 100,000, twice as much as she originally paid for it.

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