PRINCESS DIANA knew she was “playing a game” within the Royal Family, according to journalist and broadcaster Anne Robinson.
Ms Robinson, most famous for her show The Weakest Link, has previously reported on the Royal Family. In a 2013 Amazon Prime documentary ‘Royalty Close Up: The Photography of Kent Gavin’, she insisted Diana clearly understood her job was to look good. She added the princess used to “flirt” with royal photographer Kent Gavin, which is how they produced such fantastic pictures of her.
Ms Robinson said: “She clicked with Gavin. I mean, they both knew they were part of a game – a very important game, but a game.
“She had to look her best, he’d be encouraging her, he’d be flirting with her from the other side, and she found him irresistible.
“So that often when she’d sulk the whole way down the line, she’d hit Gavin, and he’d flirt.
“And that’s how you got those glorious pictures of her.”
Princess Diana was “playing a game” according to Anne Robinson (Image: GETTY)
Anne Robinson (Image: Amazon Prime)
This intriguing relationship between Diana and Mr Gavin was noticed by several other royal commentators.
Mike Malloy, a former Daily Mirror editor, described their relationship as being akin to “a meeting of lovers” through the camera lens.
He told the documentary: “[Diana and Mr Gavin] were having a kind of affair over the years that was through the camera lens.
“She knew he had this camera and what he could do with it, and he knew that she was there, so they were meeting like lovers through the lens.”
Former Daily Mirror editor Mike Malloy (Image: Amazon Prime)
Mr Gavin himself admitted Diana liked him, saying he thought she liked his cockney accent and the fact they could have “banter”.
He added there was also an element of trust there crucial with the Royal Family in general.
Mr Gavin photographed the Royal Family as a staff photographer for the Daily Mirror for decades, and was even there on Diana’s first official outing with Prince Charles.
He recalled Diana chose to wear a “very low cut” black dress and Charles cheekily asked him whether they had their fashion editor there that evening.
Royal photographer Kent Gavin (Image: Amazon Prime)
Diana and Charles on their honeymoon, photo by Kent Gavin (Image: GETTY)
Mr Gavin had a fantastic relationship with many of the royals, not just Diana, in stark contrast to Ms Robinson, who managed to get on their bad side earlier in her career.
On November 15, 1982, Ms Robinson attended a formal dinner attended by Queen Elizabeth II and to which Princess Diana arrived late.
Ms Robinson asked the Daily Mirror’s royal editor James Whitaker to investigate and, after conversations with various sources including Diana’s sister Lady Sarah McCorquodale, they confirmed she suffered from an eating disorder.
On November 19, the paper published an article claiming she had anorexia, after which Buckingham Palace press secretary Michael Shea rang the paper’s editor Mr Malloy.
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He furiously demanded Ms Robinson be fired, and Mr Malloy obliged, telling the journalist to “do more television, blossom, that’s what you’re good at”.
Years later, in 1995, Diana admitted she suffered from bulimia for a number of years in a candid interview with BBC Panorama’s Martin Bashir.
Ms Robinson went on to write columns for The Sun, the Daily Express, The Times and The Daily Telegraph.
In 2000, she landed her role as the host of The Weakest Link, for which she is best known.
Anne Robinson on The Weakest Link (Image: GETTY)
Reflecting on Diana’s role in the Royal Family, Ms Robinson told the Amazon Prime documentary: “Diana was very useful in the early days to the Royal Family.
“She was much more free and easy, she didn’t have the stiffness, she had the natural ability to visit the sick and care.
“In fact, I used to joke that whenever she had a bad headline she’d hit another hospice, but she would in fact, play to the cameras.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK