Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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May 16, 2014

Detective recalls working with Princess Diana

BROOKVILLE – Rich McDonough has had an exciting career as a private detective, working for various celebrities and political figures.

He told the story about one of his most memorable clients, the late Princess Diana of Wales, on April 16 as part of the Brookville Library’s Hooked on History series.

The Cincinnati resident explained how he met the famous icon. “This is something unique that happened in my life. It’s an unbelievable thing.

“I got a call early in the morning. It was a very soft, educated voice. The first thing out of her mouth was, ‘Hello, this is Princess Diana of Wales.’ I get a lot of crank calls, so I tend to question some of them. I said, ‘Could you repeat that?’ She said the same thing all over again.

“I listened and let her go on ... My brother called at the same time, and I said, ‘I have a gal on the phone who says she’s Princess Diana.’ He said, ‘Get rid of that nut job.’

“I got back with her, and she convinced me enough she might be for real. She wanted to meet me right away, and she had a very important assignment .... She’d never been to Cincinnati before, but she was in Hyde Park. I told her to meet me at The Echo Restaurant.”

The investigator recalled, “We sat and talked for about three hours. She told me one of her childhood friends had a son who was abducted from England by his biological father who found out she (her friend) was going to marry somebody else. He agreed to take the boy back to America while she was on her honeymoon.” However, he never brought the boy back, and had been gone for two years.

Her friend “was beside herself and got into alcohol and drugs. Diana told her, ‘If you get yourself straightened out, I’ll help you get your son back.’”

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