PRINCESS DIANA and Prince Charles were caught in a secret moment of genuine affection by an unearthed photograph, before their relationship began to deteriorate.
Diana and Charles’ turbulent relationship has been well-documented over the years. After marrying in 1981, the couple had two sons – Prince William and Prince Harry – before the union began to turn sour. The Prince of Wales resumed his relationship with his former flame Camilla Parker Bowles and Diana, devastated by hisRoyal history rewritten? Photograph reveals affectionate moment between Charles and Diana infidelity, started to have affairs of her own with a variety of figures.
However, an unearthed photograph from the archive reveals Diana and Charles were more affectionate in the early days than the public might have believed.
Royal photographer Kent Gavin caught the couple “having an affectionate kiss at Windsor during a break from playing polo” back in May 1985.
The picture comes as a surprise to royal fans, after Diana claimed her relationship with Charles started to crumble after Harry’s birth in 1984.
Speaking to royal biographer Andrew Morton for his book, ‘Diana: Her True Story’, the royal said that Charles’ first comment after his second son was born on September 15, 1984, was one of dismay.
He reportedly said: “Oh god, it’s a boy!”
Prince Charles and Princess Diana (Image: Getty)
Diana and Charles caught secretly kissing at a polo match in May 1985 (Image: Mirrorpix)
Although he insisted he was joking, Charles had been keen on having a daughter.
Diana knew this – but she had also known the sex of her child for some time having seen it on a scan. She subsequently kept Harry’s gender kept it a secret from her husband because she knew he would not have been pleased.
Diana also revealed that the six weeks leading up to Harry’s birth were when “Charles and I were very, very close to each other”.
In conversation with Mr Morton, she explained: “Then suddenly, as Harry was born, it just went bang, our marriage. The whole thing went down the drain.”
She added that Charles made her feel inadequate in “every way” and even reiterated his thoughts on Harry’s gender at his christening a few weeks later.
Diana news: The couple famously had many awkward public kisses in the same year (pictured June 1985) (Image: Getty)
According to Diana, her husband turned to his mother-in-law Frances Shand Kydd and said that he was “so disappointed” as “we thought it would be a girl”.
Diana’s mother “snapped” back at him, and said he should “realise how lucky you are to have a child that’s normal”.
The People’s Princess said: “Ever since that day, the shutters have come down – and that’s what [Charles] does when he gets somebody answering back at him.”
Royal author Angela Levin also recalled in her 2018 biography ‘Harry: Conversations with the Prince’ how even when they were doing the photoshoot on the hospital steps after Harry’s birth, the rift was already apparent between them.
Diana and Charles with their eldest son Prince William (Image: Getty)
Diana claimed her relationship with Charles crumbled after Harry’s birth (Image: Getty)
She wrote: “As she stood on the steps she turned to face her husband, her expression a mixture of love, vulnerability and yearning.
‘Charles, however, stood with his hands behind his back, a gesture typical of Prince Philip, and did not return his wife’s gaze.
“It seemed even at this joyous, thankful time the mismatched couple could not conceal their differences.”
Diana and Charles were both romantically involved with other people by 1986 (Image: Getty)
However, Mr Gavin’s photograph shows the two were still trying to have a connection in May 1985, months after Harry’s birth.
Yet, their attempts to reconcile appeared to fail.
Charles re-started his affair with Camilla in 1986, while Diana started her own relationship with James Hewitt during the same year, which lasted until 1991.
They divorced acrimoniously in 1996.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK