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Donald Trump changes tune, denies lusting over Princess Diana

Donald Trump denied romantically pursuing Princess Diana in an interview that aired Tuesday, despite previously claiming he would have slept with the late royal “without even hesitation.”

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Trump told radio host Howard Stern in 2000 that Diana was “a great beauty,” before adding that “she was crazy, but these are minor details.”

When Stern asked: “Would you have slept with her?” Trump replied: “Without even hesitation.”

In a separate interview just months after Diana’s death in 1997, Stern asked Trump whether he could have had sex with her.

“You could have gotten her, right? You could have nailed her?” the shock jock asked.

Trump replied: “I think I could have.”

The two interviews were unearthed by BuzzFeed in February.

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However on Tuesday, the presumptive Republican nominee gave a seemingly different account to Piers Morgan, host of Good Morning Britain, the breakfast show of NBC News’ U.K. partner ITV.

“There was a flurry of stories recently that you’d had a little frisson [romantic interest] for Princess Diana,” Morgan said.

Trump said this was “totally false” but added he “thought she was lovely” when the pair met in New York.

Diana was killed in a high-speed car crash in Paris in August 1997, along with her millionaire boyfriend Dodi al-Fayed.

Last year, British TV journalist Selina Scott wrote in the U.K. Sunday Times that Trump had “bombarded Diana … with massive bouquets of flowers” after her divorce with Prince Charles in 1996.

Scott — who knew Diana and was sent to cover Trump for ITV in 1994 — recalled that the princess said Trump gave her “the creeps.”

Trump told Morgan: “I read that story that I was calling her. It was so false … I did respect her, but no interest from that standpoint.”

This story first appeared on NBCNews.com.

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Donald Trump changes tune, denies lusting over Princess Diana