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India Hicks, Princess Diana's Bridesmaid, Explains How She Handled Di's 25-Foot-Long Train (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post  
First Posted: 04/18/2011 11:07 am Updated: 06/18/2011 5:12 am

Barbara Walters hit "Good Morning America" on Monday to give a preview of "A Special of Edition of 20/20: William & Catherine: A Modern Fairytale," set to air April 18 at 10 p.m. on ABC.

She shared two clips: one of a young William mesmerized by a video camera (and Charles subsequently telling him the people are "trapped" inside...thanks, dad) and another segment with India Hicks, who was one of Princess Diana's bridesmaids at her 1981 wedding. Hicks, 13 years old at the time, was asked to be part of the wedding party by her godfather, one Prince Charles.

Hicks recalled that Diana "turned up in a pair of jeans and I have a lasting impression of Diana with a diamond tiara on her head, dressed in jeans below, while they fitted her tiara to see what it would look like." She added that Diana was watching T.V. while getting ready -- "She was very intrigued by it. For her, it was so new to see herself on television, can you imagine? Her whole life going before her eyes. And she kept pushing everybody out of the way. 'Move,' she'd say."

One of Hicks' duties was to manage the Diana's 25-foot-long train, which had been totally crumpled during the carriage ride to St. Paul's Cathedral. When asked if she was terrified, Hicks remarked, "It was more that I had a job to do and the job wasn't going right. She was sympathetic with the job we had to do and turned around and said, 'Just do your best.'"

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