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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Paper: Carling Loved Di

LONDON () -- Retiring England rugby captain Will Carling in a showdown confession to his wife, Julia, said he had a love affair with Princess Diana last year, according to a news report Tuesday.

The London tabloid the Daily Mirror said Mrs. Carling, a television show hostess and public relations consultant, told a friend of hers about his confession and the friend told the Daily Mirror.

It did not identify the friend.

Carling, 30, has said in the past only that he and Diana became friends after meeting at the London gym where they work out. Diana has said nothing about their relationship.