An Australian fitness coach who trained Princess Diana in the last months of her life remembers the world’s most famous woman as a devoted mother who spent ’85 percent of her time’ talking about her sons.
Cameron Falloon was 24 years old when he worked as one of Diana’s personal trainers between December 1996 and July 1997, just weeks before her untimely death aged 36 following a car crash in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris on August 31.
Addressing the sensational rift between Diana’s sons, Princes William and Harry, Mr Falloon – who now owns Body Fit Training gym in Chatswood, Melbourne – believes things would be very different if she was alive.
‘I think to be honest, if she was still here, it wouldn’t be happening. She was all about family,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.
Australian fitness coach Cameron Falloon (left) trained Princess Diana (right) in the last months of her life and remembers her as a devoted mother who spent ’85 percent of her time’ talking about her sons
Mr Falloon said he does not believe the royal rift between Princes William and Harry (pictured with their mother at Thorpe Amusement Park in 1991) would have happened if Diana was alive
Mr Falloon said he helped the late Princess of Wales maintain her slender physique with simple, strength-based workouts made up of dead lifts, squats and sit-ups, two to three mornings each week.
‘She’d come and train with us in the wee hours, away from the cameras and the [paparazzi],’ he explained.
‘She had a forward, rounded posture so we worked on that a lot, but the primary focus was always on keeping her strong and active.’
For the six months that Mr Falloon trained the Princess, he claimed she spent ‘at least 85 percent of her time’ talking about her boys.
‘She couldn’t talk more about them or have loved them more than she did, that was very clear,’ he said.
Mr Falloon said he helped the late Princess (pictured on a yacht in Majorca on August 16, 1997, two weeks before her death) maintain her slender physique with simple, strength-based workouts made up of dead lifts, squats and sit-ups, two to three mornings each week
He added: ‘What I think she would be doing, if she was here now, is being a good ear and a very good counsel for both of her children.’
Mr Falloon remembers the Princess as being ‘very down to earth’ with a ‘great sense of humour’ and an uncanny ability to make people feel at ease in her company.
‘You instantly felt comfortable, there was never a sense of being in awe. She was always interested in everyone and what we had to say,’ he said.
Mr Falloon said Diana viewed the gym where they trained together as a ‘safe haven’ from the press and public intrusion into her private life.
He said she seemed to view their sessions as a time she could focus on herself, away from the chaos of her everyday routine.
And with an extraordinary 14million Australians currently in lockdown across NSW, Victoria and SA, Mr Falloon said it’s important for everyone to afford themselves the same self-care – even if it’s only a 30-minute walk and some stretching each day.
Mr Falloon remembers the Princess (pictured on a visit to Chicago in June 1996) as being ‘very down to earth’ with a ‘great sense of humour’ and an uncanny ability to make people feel at ease in her company
Cameron Falloon’s tips for staying fit during lockdown
* Try to remember the only workout you regret is the one you don’t do.
* Set an alarm for a daily walk or jog and head outside for at least 15 minutes to get sunlight on your skin.
* Lay a yoga mat down in the living room and stretch while watching Netflix or TV.
* Break up the day and keep your step count up by moving around between work calls or tasks.
He said the best way to stay motivated is to remember that ‘the only workout you regret is the one you don’t do’.
‘It’s tough mentally, these lockdowns, but you have to remind yourself you’re going to get that great endorphin release from exercise,’ he added.
Mr Falloon recommends setting an alarm for a daily walk or jog, then heading outside for at least 15 minutes to move your body and get sunlight on your skin.
During Melbourne’s strict 111 day lockdown over the winter of 2020, Mr Falloon said he took to laying a yoga mat down in the living room and stretching while watching TV.
‘It makes you feel a lot better and helps you to unwind after a long day,’ he said.
Mr Falloon also shared tips to reduce mindless eating while working from home and lounging around in the evening.
He recommends setting a timer 30 minutes apart during the day to remind yourself to stand up, stretch and drink a glass of water.
Mr Falloon said this will promote circulation and prevent you from falling into the habit of prolonged periods where you sit and snack.