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August 17, 2015 11:45 AM

Diana Trump?

Presidential hopeful Donald Trump wanted to woo Princess Diana so that she would one day become his wife, says former British TV anchor Selina Scott.

Scott, a long-standing Trump critic and veteran BBC television journalist, says that after Diana and Prince Charles divorced in 1996, Trump sent huge bouquets to the newly single princess’s London home at Kensington Palace.

“Trump clearly saw Diana as the ultimate trophy wife,” Scott, 64, wrote in an Aug. 16 column in the U.K. paper 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.”

Scott reports that Diana told her of Trump’s approaches over a private dinner. ” ‘What am I going to do?’ she asked. ‘He gives me the creeps.’ ‘Just throw them in the bin,’ I advised. Diana laughed.”

“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 her,” Scott says.

In his 1997 book The Art of the Comeback, Trump wrote: “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. 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.”

A spokesman for Trump tells PEOPLE, “They had a great relationship, liked each other a lot, but nothing ever came of it.”

He had earlier, in 1994, told Scott that he was on Prince Charles’ side in the royal couple’s estrangement, she says.

Selina Scott
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Trump and Scott have traded verbal blows for around two decades since she reported what she calls a realistic profile of him for the BBC in 1995, during which she pressed him on the specific extent of his wealth. In letters, he is said to have called her “uptight and totally insecure about yourself,” “obnoxious, repetitive and not at all smart.” Later he called her “a third-class journalist” who “treated me unfairly.”

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The simmering feud was reignited four years ago when the 1995 interview factored into the fight against Trump’s proposed opening of a luxury golf resort near Aberdeen, Scotland. A DVD of the interview was sent anonymously to local officials making a decision on the course.

Trump’s letters to the presenter stopped after she threatened legal action, Scott writes in the paper.

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