PRINCESS DIANA disclosed a heartbreaking confession to long-time royal photographer Kent Gavin after her marriage to Prince Charles started breaking down, Mr Gavin later revealed in an interview.
Charles had been having an extramarital affair with Camilla Parker Bowles since 1986 and, by the early Nineties, not only did Diana know, but rumours had spread to the public too. A tell-all biography, as well as a leaked transcript of a telephone call between Charles and Diana showed the marriage in a stark light. However, Diana admitted to Mr Gavin that, despite everything, she still loved the prince.
In 2013 Amazon Prime Documentary ‘Royalty Close Up: The Photography of Kent Gavin’, the Daily Mirror photographer recalled her words.
He said: “She said to me after all the rumours of the marriage and everything, she said on a flight somewhere: ‘Kent, you won’t believe it, but I still love him.’
“Just came out with it, not sponsored, she just said it.”
Mr Gavin told this story to illustrate his point that, despite how it ended, there was a lot of love in the relationship between Charles and Diana, especially at the start.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana had a difficult marriage (Image GETTY)
Prince Charles and Princess Diana on their honeymoon (Image: GETTY)
He particularly highlighted the honeymoon pictures and early photographs of their young family when he could tell they were in love and thought they had everything.
The royal photographer said: “One has to remember and recall that there were happy times with Charles and Diana, they were very much in love.
“The honeymoon pictures – there was a look of love about both of them.
“That picture [Charles kissing Diana’s hand] just captured everything that that fairytale wedding was about.
Princess Diana and Prince Charles on their honeymoon (Image: GETTY)
“And there were occasions, again, after that when you just thought that the marriage and this family had everything – and these pictures show that.
“There really were great days. Of course, people tend to think of the bad days because of the divorce and it all going wrong, but if you look back at all those pictures that we did in the early days, it tells a different story.”
Mr Gavin and Diana had a good relationship and would “have banters” according to the photographer himself, who also claimed the princess enjoyed his cockney accent.
This must be why she felt she could open up to him about her relationship with Charles.
Press photographer Kent Gavin (Image: Amazon Prime)
Princess Diana really loved Charles according to Kent Gavin (Image: GETTY)
Journalist and broadcaster Anne Robinson told the documentary: “She clicked with Gavin. 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.”
According to The Weakest Link host, even if Diana would “sulk the whole way down the line”, as soon as she reached Mr Gavin they would “flirt” and it worked well for the pictures.
Piers Morgan insisted that Diana found Mr Gavin “an amusing and appealing character” that she could get along with.
Mr Gavin worked with the Royal Family for many years and captured Charles and Diana from the beginning of their relationship to the end.
Charles and Diana starting dating when she was just 19 years old and, after a brief courtship, got engaged in 1980.
They were married in 1981 in a beautiful ceremony at Westminster Abbey, watched by around 750 million people on television.
Their family grew after Diana gave birth to Prince William in 1982 and Prince Harry two years later.
Charles and Diana were happy at the beginning (Image: GETTY)
While the marriage was fine at first, things started to get more rocky as the years went on: both Charles and Diana were known to be unfaithful and the princess suffered from mental disorders including bulimia and depression.
In 1992, Charles and Diana separated and in 1995 the princess did her now-infamous Panorama interview with Martin Bashir in which she claimed there had been “three of us in this marriage”.
This triggered the Royal Family to insist they start divorce proceedings and the pair were officially divorced in 1996.
Charles and Diana with their two young sons, William and Harry (Image: GETTY)
A rift grew between the couple as the years went on (Image: GETTY)
Just a year later, Diana tragically died in a car crash in Paris, along with her boyfriend Dodi Fayed.
Diana’s former royal protection officer Ken Wharf told the documentary all Diana wanted to do as the Princess of Wales was show the best of the Royal Family.
He said: “What you had here was a young, photographic woman, that actually wanted to do it, primarily, to promote the best of the Royal Family – that was her objective.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK