Photographer shares story behind iconic Princess Diana moment
Photographer Arthur Edwards recalled taking the famous photo where the sun, backlighting Diana, revealed her bare legs through her skirt.
“She posed up and I did half a dozen pictures,” he said.Soon, other photographers converged on the scene and started taking pictures of their own. All seemed fine until a couple of minutes later.On a sunny day in London in 1980, photographers captured Prince Charles's girlfriend, the future Princess Diana, when she worked as a nursery school assistant at the Young England Kindergarten.
REX via Shutterstock“Everybody doesn't believe this, but it is the gospel truth — halfway through, the sun came out and revealed those beautiful legs,” Edwards said.In all, the encounter that captured"this amazing silhouette picture" only lasted two or three minutes.
"In many ways, I'm glad the sun came out because it made it an iconic picture," one that almost always comes up whenever he gives lectures about his work, Edwards said.Newspapers splashed the photo across their front pages, horrifying the headtopics.com
, who was only 19 at the time. She reportedly declared to Prince Charles: “I don't want to be known as the girlfriend who had no petticoat.”Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer on their engagement day at Buckingham Palace in 1981.Reginald Davis/REX/Shutterstock
Diana, who died on Aug. 31, 1997, in a Paris car crash after being chased by paparazzi.“She was obviously just a charming person. She was never rude, she was never aggressive, she was always pleasant,” Edwards said.Diana and Prince Charles eventually got married
on July 29, 1981. They divorced 15 years later.“I think she knew this running the gauntlet every day of the media was part of the test, part of getting ready for the job,” said Edwards, who has since taken pictures of seven royal weddings, four funerals and seven royal births.
Princess Diana waves to the public as she leaves the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute in Sydney on Nov. 1, 1996.Torsten Blackwood / AFP-Getty ImagesDiana's gradual transformation into “the people’s princess” eventually helped improve the public perception of the monarchy, he noted. Diana allowed herself to be photographed holding sick infants. She hugged people who had AIDS and touched leprosy patients. headtopics.com
Princess Diana at Neves Bendinha, an ICRC Orthopaedic Workshop In Luanda, Angola, in 1997.Tim Graham via Getty Images“This woman changed the way it all worked, and that's how it goes today. Her sons are doing exactly the same thing, and Catherine, as well,” Edwards said, referring to the charity work conducted by Prince Harry, his big brother, Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, and his wife, the former Kate Middleton.
Back in 2017, Edwards also singled outHarry's now-wife, the former Meghan Markle, aptly predicting the challenges she faced when joining the royal family.“It's tremendous pressure. If they can cope with that pressure, then they can do the job. If they can't cope with it, then they're better off to get out,” he said. “It's better that they cope with it at these stages and it's a lot easier than it was for Diana.”Read more: »
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