Rare teenage Princess Diana photo with ‘not to be published’ to be sold in RR Auction, mystery man identified

By on Jan 5, 2013 in Lifestyle, United States Comments

A considerably rare photo of Princess Diana during her teenage years, as shown below, will be up for sale through RR Auctions in New Hampshire later this month. Interestingly, the rare black and white Princess Diana photo has a handwritten message “not to be published” on it.

As noted at Daily Mail on Thursday, January 3, 2013, the rare Princess Diana picture is believed to have been taken between 1979 and 1980 when then named-Lady Diana Spencer was assumed to be 18 or 19 years old that time. Teenage Diana can be seen lying on a bed looking at the camera, and a young man is reading a book that rests on her left shoulder.

Apparently, the name of the photographer was not known and why it was marked as “not to be published.” The said photo was reportedly sold to the Daily Mirror on February 26, 1981, two days after her engagement with Prince Charles was announced. It was later bought by Caren Archive, which puts the item for auction.

“It’s an intimate photo – I don’t know the man in the picture and he could be a friend or a boyfriend. This would certainly not be the way the Royal Family would have wanted Diana to be presented at that moment, given that two days before her engagement had been announced.” Caren Archive owner Eric Caren was quoted in the report.

However, a report at Guardian this Friday, January 4, said that the mystery man on the rare Diana photo was identified by Andrew Morton, an English journalist and biographer of celebrities such as Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie, Monica Lewinsky, and Princess Diana; and sent an email to them, which a portion can be read below.

“I was given the task of trying to identify the boy in the picture. I went to St Thomas‘s hospital and spoke to James Colthurst who, as I later discovered, was on the ski trip. He gave nothing away.

But I later found out that the young man was Adam Russell, the great-grandson of former prime minister Stanley Baldwin, and now a deer farmer in Dorset. Like me, he is a Leeds United supporter which I discovered when I interviewed him for my book, Diana, Her True Story.

The picture was taken when they were both injured during the skiing holiday, which was organized by a number of Old Etonians. They kept each other company while the others went skiing and, at the end of the holiday, Adam was somewhat smitten. But absolutely nothing happened.”

Meanwhile, the Princess Diana photo auction sale at RR Auctions will be from January 17 to 24, 2013. The bid for the said photo starts at $200, but observers noted the final selling price will be much higher.

Princess Diana not to be published photo
Teenager Princess Diana ‘not to be published’ photo
Image Credit: Caren Archive

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