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Saturday, 5 January 2013
Mystery man lounging with Princess Diana in rare “NOT TO BE PUBLISHED” photo revealed
Censored: The man pictured with Lady Diana Spencer on a ski holiday in Val Claret in the French Alps in 1979 has been revealed as aristocrat Adam Russell
The photo is now being auctioned in the US.
Oxford student Mr Russell is said to have had a ‘galumphing’ crush on Diana. Nothing, however, happened between them.
According to royal author Andrew Morton, Mr Russell went travelling for a year, and when he returned to the UK in 1980 and told a friend that he liked Diana, he was told: ‘You’ve only got one rival, the Prince of Wales’.
He tactfully decided not to pursue her, but the pair remained great friends.
Mr Russell later said he initially thought Diana was a bit of a Sloaney ‘giggler’ but got to like her when both were injured skiing.
He found her ‘bubbly, giggly, but not in a vacuous way, and lacking in self-confidence’.