In so many ways, the approaching spring nuptials between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will prove that the old cliché about dreams coming true might be well-worn but far from make believe.
The young American actress will carry along with her bridal bouquet the dreams of a family, the dreams of her nation watching on from across the Atlantic, the dreams of a Commonwealth and the dreams of an ancient monarchy she is about to walk into.
And with a kiss, all those dreams will come true – in an instant pressed into history whose extraordinary truth will become the dreams of a generation.
With that same kiss, the final dream of a princess who can dream no more will be fulfilled.
Princess Diana, the People’s Princess, was a dreamer like few others.
A Current Affair has spoken exclusively with the Sydney woman who heard those dreams first hand.
Joan Hanger was Princess Diana’s personal dream analyst – counselling England’s Rose during secret sessions at Kensington and Buckingham Palaces about the meaning and symbolism of her dreams.
“She would call me on the weekends, on a Sunday, often on a Sunday and she would tell me about her dreams and we would go through them,” Ms Hanger says.
“One of the most amazing things…Diana did dream of her own funeral.
“She dreamt the dream twice, but I saw it as the death of her marriage, the divorce.”
Ms Hanger says that above all other interests and duties, Princess Diana was a mother and she took great interest in the dreams of young William and Harry.
“She said that she’d always listened to her own children’s dreams,” Ms Hanger says.
“She said that she thought that was a window into their mind and she loved them explaining something, what had happened.”
The Sydney dream analyst and Diana became so close, the princess wrote a foreword to Ms Hanger’s book Your Children’s Dreams in 1996 – just a year before she died.
“As a mother, I know personally how important it is to listen to and evaluate a child’s hopes, desires and fears, and dreams provide a window on his or her innermost thoughts,” Diana wrote.
We can only imagine what fantasies about castles and wedding dresses and handsome young princess a young American wondered upon years before she became an actress.
What is certain is those happy daydreams are being replicated many hundreds of millions of times around the world today as little girls prepare to sit in front of their television screens and watch as that familiar face smiles at a man at the end of the aisle waiting to turn her into a real-life princess.
“Dear Diana, oh she’d be looking down now, I’m sure. She and Mother Theresa would be up there saying a few prayers together,” Ms Hanger says.
“You can imagine how happy she’d be today, to see both the boys in love and someone’s caring for them personally.”
Diana herself wrote in that foreword: “We dream when we are asleep; we dream when we are awake. The latter is usually vision of happiness and hope.”
The smile that stretches across the faces of her son and his fiancée bears witness to the fact that like her dreams, Princess Diana’s words are about to be proven true.