Rare image of Lady Diana Spencer unearthed

A new photograph of Lady Diana Spencer in her late teens has recently emerged. The intimate picture shows Diana lying on a bed with a male friend (there is a bottle of Johnnie Walker whisky on the window ledge), whilst on a skiing holiday in Switzerland and was taken around 1970 or 1980.

Both the identity of the male friend and the photographer are unknown. It is however known that the black and white 8 x 10 image was sold to the Daily Mirror on 26 February 1981, just before Diana's engagement to the Prince Wales was announced by the palace.

Ref: AWNS-19210303-35-3, Sir George Grey Special Collections
The image was going to be run but it seems that the editor got cold feet due the up coming nuptials announcement. Written across the images are the words: NOT TO BE PUBLISHED.

The picture remained in the newspaper's archives until it was bought out by the private Caren Archive. The company is auctioning the image through RR Auctions and it is expected to reach in excess of £750 given the history of the image. The auction will take place online between 17 and 24 January 2013 and you can view the listing now.


  1. Andrew Morton, royal reporter and author of 'Diana, Her True Story' has identified the young man in the photo as Adam Russell. Adam, now a deer farmer in Dorset, is the great-grandson of former prime minister, Stanley Baldwin.

    According to Morton, Adam and Diana were both injured during the skiing trip and kept each other company.


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