Princes Charles humiliation: How Diana ‘ruined Charles’ party with point-scoring antics’

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PRINCESS DIANA managed to one-up her ex-husband Prince Charles by using the media to score points against him, Piers Morgan revealed in a documentary.

In July 1997, just a month before she died, Diana went to St Tropez with Mohamed al-Fayed and other friends. Meanwhile, Prince Charles was reportedly having a “coming out” party for his relationship with Camilla, now the Duchess of Cornwall. This would likely have upset Diana, who had suffered with the knowledge of Charles’ infidelity with Camilla for years. Mr Morgan, former Daily Mirror editor and star of ITV’s Good Morning Britain, said that Diana used the media to get back at Charles and Camilla. Speaking to the 2013 Amazon Prime documentary ‘Royalty Close Up: The Photography of Kent Gavin’, he recalled how she cooked up a cheeky plan to overshadow their announcement. He said: “Diana would definitely play games with the media. “I remember a classic case of her when Prince Charles had a coming out party for his relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles, and Diana was in St Tropez with Mohamed al-Fayed and others.
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Princess Diana used the media to score points against her ex-husband (Image: GETTY)
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Piers Morgan (Image: Amazon Prime) “And we got a message – ‘Will you be there tomorrow at 9am by this beach?’ “‘Yes, why?’ ‘Wait and see!’ “The next day she came out and started cartwheeling across the beach. It was 1-0 to Diana.” The incredible photos taken of her in her leopard-print one-piece swimming costume on the sunny beach went around the world.
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Princess Diana in St Tropez (Image: GETTY) This was not the first time Diana had used the press – and particularly photographers – to make a point. Back in 1992, she was still married to the Prince of Wales, but their relationship was well and truly on the rocks. In February, the pair went on a royal visit to India and Diana was left red-faced when Charles went to Bangalore for a business meeting, leaving her to visit the Taj Mahal alone. So Diana had a very pointed picture taken of her on her own outside the mausoleum looking despondent.
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Princess Diana in St Tropez (Image: GETTY)
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Princess Diana on a yacht in St Tropez (Image: GETTY) The message was clear: she was not happy. Royal biographer Anthony Holden told the documentary: “Towards the end, during what we called the ‘War of the Waleses’, she certainly knowingly, consciously used the press photographers. “Particularly that famous picture of her alone and looking miserable outside the Taj Mahal was a postcard home to the general public to say: ‘I’m not happy in this marriage, there are three people.’” Mr Holden is here referring to the phrase that Diana later used in her famous 1995 interview with BBC Panorama in which she described Charles’ affair with Camilla as there being “three people in this marriage”.
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Prince Charles had intended to show his relationship with Camilla to the world (Image: GETTY) Dickie Arbiter, former royal press secretary, added: “What people tend to forget is the Taj Mahal is a memorial. “And Kent did a picture of Prince Charles in 1980 sitting on exactly the same bench in exactly the same place. “Unfortunately, what he said was ‘one day I would like to bring my wife here’. “And unfortunately, 10 years later when she was at the Taj Mahal, he was several hundreds of miles away in Bangalore at a business meeting.”
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Princess Diana outside the Taj Mahal, 1992 (Image: GETTY) Kent Gavin, who was a Daily Mirror staff photographer, recalled the day he took the famous photograph of Diana at the Taj Mahal. He said: “We were asked to leave once we shot that picture and I watched her and she walked up to the side of the Taj and sat out of shot. “And I wonder what thoughts were running through her mind at that moment. “I always think that. I never did find out.” Source: EXPRESS CO UK