Sally Morgan

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SO HERE I am, chatting to Princess Diana's psychic... as you do. She's telling me my scepticism about life after death will be proved utterly wrong when she seeks me out in the afterlife.

Sally Morgan, TV's Star Psychic, says she is "absolutely, 101 per cent convinced" that when our bodies die our souls go to another place.

"They live on and pulsate, the energy remains," she tells me. I say I'm not convinced.

Sally, who sounds like a cross between Janet Street-Porter and Sybil Fawlty, chuckles knowingly.

"Well you will be when we meet up there," she says.

"I'll find you, don't you worry.

"You'll be writing for the news up there... the Daily Cloud."

I find the "up there" and "Daily Cloud" a little worrying.

Can another world, if it does exist, really be viewed in such simplistic terms?

On the other hand, I desperately want to believe in Sally's powers, because she's just told me that I'm an extremely experienced and exceptionally talented writer. Pretty astute, I reckon, for someone who's never met me and only started talking to me six minutes ago.

"If that's clairvoyance," I say, "you're good."

I urge her to send her assessment to my editor.

She howls with laughter.

As for that promised afterlife meeting, I have only one request: "Can it be a very, very long time in the future?"

She laughs again.

Sally Morgan is a larger-than-life character. A plumber's daughter from Fulham, she says she discovered her psychic powers as a child.

She spent years giving private readings to celebrities, including Bob Geldolf, Robert De Niro and George Michael.

Now, at the age of 57, the woman they used to call "London's best kept secret" is finally on the big stage.

With her hit TV programmes, her column in OK magazine and now a live stage show, she is in huge demand.

"It's quite scary really," she says. "We worked out that there are so many people who want a consultation that I could see six people a day, six days a week for 18 years non-stop."

Sally first found public recognition as one of Princess Diana's favourite psychic muses.

Well practised in deflecting questions that are too probing ("I wouldn't want to hurt anyone"), she has gone on record as saying that the truth surrounding Diana's death will not be known for 200 years.

What she will tell me about the princess is that "for almost four years we spoke nearly every day on the phone", and that Diana's sister, Sarah McCorkindale, acted as a go-between. Diana's inquest heard that she was obsessed with clairvoyants.

Sally puts it a little more gently: "The princess was lovely, and she loved the esoteric world. If you were good in this area clairvoyance she would find you. She had a desperate need within her for the truth."

She admits she is still astonished at the empathy ordinary people feel for Diana: "Every day of my life I get women in the throes of a divorce or with a difficult relationship who say, I'm so like the Princess of Wales'.

"I'm like, Er, hello?!' But I suppose her problems, her troubles are universal... we've all been there really."

So what advice can Sally give?

She thinks for a moment: "I believe that we die as we live. If you live a dangerous life, you're going to die a dangerous death.

"There's no doubt about that.

"So I tell people they shouldn't tempt fate. They should look at what they're doing to themselves and other people."

After her huge success on television ("When the last series went out, within seven hours we'd had 245,000 emails"), she admits she's quite nervous about performing in theatres.

"It's a huge responsibility.

"You're only as good as your last reading. But what can I do apart from be me?"

© Jeremy Miles 2022