Monday, 7 January 2013

Iconic Royals: Unseen Photo of Princess Diana to be Auctioned

It has been over fifteen years since Princess Diana tragically lost her life in a car in accident in Paris and while time has passed, the fascination with the late Princess continues to endure. A previously unseen photograph of Diana lying on a bed in a chalet with a male friend on a ski holiday in Val Claret in the French Alps in 1979 is to be auctioned in the US.

The photo was bought by the Daily Mirror two days after Diana's engagement to Prince Charles was announced in February 1981, and had 'Not to be Published' written in crayon on it.


The mystery man in the photo has been identified as aristocrat Adam Russell, the great-grandson of former Tory Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin. It is said Mr. Russell had a "galumphing" crush on Diana despite initially finding her 'a bit of a "sloaney giggler". When they were both injured while skiing he got a chance to know her and thought she was "bubbly and lacking in any self-confidence". It is understood nothing ever happened between them.

According to Diana's biographer Andrew Morton:

"Mr Russell went travelling for a year, and when he returned to the UK in 1980 and told a friend he liked Diana, he was told 'You've only got one rival, the Prince of Wales.' He tactfully decided not to pursue her, but the pair remained great friends."

Mr Russell is now a deer farmer in Dorset and married to gardening expert and TV presenter Ali Russell. It is thought the picture will fetch a significant amount because it was never published and is considered a rare find. It captures a moment in Diana's young life before her wedding and the difficult years that followed.

AP

11 comments:

  1. Thank you for this post. As I look at this old photo of Diana, it makes me think of William because the resemblance is undeniable.

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    1. You're very welcome royalfan. The resemblance is certainly undeniable. I always find, particularly on video William is so similar to Diana, even in mannerisms.

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    2. Absolutely. I totally agree about the similar mannerisms.

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    3. I think that it's Harry who has the "magic star" of Diana,and her charisma of the contact with the people -not William-,but this is only my opinion.
      Thank you for this post and again congrats for your work.
      Serar
      http://royaland.ek.la/

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    4. Serar I totally agree with you :)

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  2. Beautiful picture and a rare look into her life before the choas ensued. Thanks for posting!

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  3. Beautiful picture and a rare look into her life before the choas ensued. Thanks for posting!

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  4. Theresa, from Paris8 January 2013 at 06:27

    Such a charming photo, and sad in a way. You can't help wondering if her life might have been happier if this young man had been able to fall in love in her. But then we wouldn't have had William and Harry, and Kate... and so on...
    Her destiny was incredible but tragic. Thankfully the Duchess is much more level-headed and William has brought her beautifully into the royal fold by avoiding the terrible errors that happened with his mother.

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  5. Gosh she looks so young, I think we all forget how young she was when she married, can u imagine any 20 yr old being able to cope with such pressure. Very sad. Reminds u the way the royal family was/are.

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  6. Kate, Texas, USA8 January 2013 at 18:10

    Have to admit this post made me a little sad and teary eyed. She was so young and vulnerable. Hers is such a sad and tragic story. Since I was a young girl, I have always followed Princess Diana and been so fascinated by her. I watched her wed Prince Charles on tv, remember when William and Harry were born, watched the infamous interview with Martin Bashir, remember exactly where I was and when I heard she was killed in Paris, and all the trials and news stories in between. Makes you wonder how her life would have been if Mr. Russell had pursued her.

    Thankful that William gave Kate time and she was eased into the Firm. For many reasons their marriage and life will be so different. I think several mentioned William's resemblance to Diana. SO much like her! I think Harry more resembles the Windsor side, but definitely has his mother's big, caring heart. Thankful her boys are there to carry on her legacy. Don't you know she would be over the moon about becoming a grandmother!

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    1. Golly! Never thought of Diana as a grandmother. So sad. Still makes me feel not quite right when I c camilla being by queens side and top dog royal occasions. Anna brighton uk

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