‘The signs were there’ Princess Diana turned AWAY from Charles’ kiss
Princess Diana and Charles faced a troubled relationship for many years, and an insider revealed the early signs their marriage was over.
Arthur Edwards, the Sun’s Royal photographer, revealed the first time he was taken aback by Diana’s lack of love for Charles.
Prince Charles and his wife, Princess Diana, visited India in February 1992 for an official royal tour.
During a polo match in Jaipur, Diana appeared to snub Charles when he leaned in to kiss her.
Mr Edwards, who was there at the time, described the moment as an “early sign” the couple’s marriage was “over”.
He told Yahoo’s Royal Box: “There were signs earlier when we were in India, when he went to kiss her at the polo match and she turned her head.”
Mr Edwards, who has photographed the Royal Family for 44 years, was sent to take pictures of Charles and Diana throughout a series of engagements.
He was the only photographer to take a picture of Diana at the Red Fort in India, while other photographers rushed off to the Taj Mahal to set up before the princess arrived.
Speaking about his interaction with Diana, Mr Edwards recalled how Diana had asked him “where do you want me Arthur”, instructing her where to stand for the shot.
This was before Diana headed to the Taj Mahal, to pose for one of her most iconic photos.
The 1992 photograph showed Diana, dressed in a bright orange blazer, white shirt and purple skirt, seated on her own in front of the landmark.
At the time, thousands of people commented on how “lonely” the princess looked, and questioned if Charles had intentionally snubbed her.
However, two weeks before the photo was taken, Mr Edwards said his paper had noted Charles would be travelling to Bangalore for business meetings.
He told Yahoo’s Royal Box: “Although everybody suspected it was Charles not wanting to be there.
“But we knew two weeks before that that he wasn’t going, we were told that. And we ran it in the paper.
“Charles was not going to be at the Taj Mahal because he was going off with some British businessman to Bangalore where there was going to be a lot of business contracts signed, and he was going to support them.
“So, he was never going there.”
A few months later, the royal couple headed to Korea for their official royal tour.
Mr Edwards described how Charles and Diana “couldn’t bear to be in each other’s company”, describing how their marriage was truly “over” by November 1992.
He told Yahoo’s The Royal Box: “It was only when we went to Korea, the last tour, when you knew it was all over then because they couldn’t bear to be in each other’s company. It was so miserable.
“And a month later the Prime Minister announced in the House of Commons, and I suppose no one was then surprised, we watched them in Korea.”
A month after their 1992 Korea tour, Diana and Charles announced their split.
In 1996, they officially filed for divorce after the Queen advised them to end their relationship.
Princess Diana died a year later in 1997 in a car crash in Paris.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK