Author Jilly Cooper wants to take Prince Charles out for a meal to help him cope with Princess Diana's anniversary.

Prince Charles

Prince Charles

Charles' ex-wife died in a Paris car crash on August 31, 1997 and as the anniversary approaches, Jilly revealed she feels sorry for Charles and would like to offer him some support.

Speaking to the Daily Mail's Weekend magazine, about her perfect day, Jilly said: "Dinner would be at The Ivy with Lady Annabel Goldsmith and Paul O'Grady, who are as bats as me about dogs.

"I'd also invite Prince Charles because I think he's having a bad time over this Diana stuff. I'd have scallops and champagne. I'd end the day drinking on the terrace at home with friends and watching the Pegasus constellation gallop across the sky."

The 68-year-old royal has seen his popularity plummet in recent weeks as the anniversary of the death of Diana has brought up old footage of the late Princess discussing their strained relationship.

However, their youngest son Prince Harry, 32, has defended his father by saying he was there for both Harry and his brother Prince William at the time of their mother's tragic death.

Prince Harry said: "One of the hardest things for a parent to have to do is to tell your children that your other parent has died. How you deal with that, I don't know. But, you know, he was there for us.

"He was the one out of two left and he tried to do his best to make sure that we were protected and looked after. But you know, he was going through the same grieving process as well."

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