The late princess wanted an escape from the paparazzi

By Lindsay Kimble
Updated January 18, 2016 04:40 PM
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The perfect hideout for a princess is… Kurt Russell‘s place?

The actor spoke about how he and Goldie Hawn wound up lending their home to Princess Diana in 1995 during an appearance on The Late Late Show earlier this month and again on Australian media this week while promoting his latest film, Hateful Eight.

“It was a series of things, I did a movie called Backdraft that there was a royal premiere of in London and sat between Lady Di and Prince Charles which was an interesting experience,” The Hateful Eight star said, laughing. “Things weren’t going well.”

At the time – 1991 – Diana and Prince Charles were just a year away from separating. They eventually divorced in 1996.

Russell continued, explaining that Diana had told him about the stress she felt dealing with the paparazzi, and so he offered up his Colorado ranch as a “nice getaway.”

“Years later [Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson], who Goldie knows, worked it out,” Russell said. “I guess Diana wanted to go with the boys and so they were welcome, and they came and stayed for 10 days at the ranch, and they had a good time.”

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The 1995 trip to the 70-acre Old Snowmass estate was covered by PEOPLE at the time and found then-13-year-old Prince William and 10-year-old Prince Harry dragging their mother on a white water rafting trip.

At the time, Hawn’s publicist denied that the royal family was staying on the grounds but the boys were spotted enjoying the great outdoors in Aspen and the surrounding areas.

While Russell and Hawn weren’t at the property during Diana’s stay, star said at least one person got to bond with the princess.

“Our housekeeper Bonnie became very close with her and every Christmas she’d get a nice Christmas card from Diana,” he said.