It’s been Princess Diana fever recently, thanks to season four of The Crown and Emma Corrin’s perfect portrayal of the Princess of Wales. But not only has the Netflix series been reminding the public of their love for the late royal, it’s been taking friends and family down memory lane, too.
Giancarlo Giammetti, the co-founder and Honorary President of Valentino who knew Diana before her death, posted four images of her on Instagram this week, reminiscing on times she wore Valentino to events over the years and also sharing two never-before-seen photos of the pair on holiday.
‘TV “The Crown” has once again reminded us of the struggle of Princess Diana!,’ he wrote alongside images of the royal in Valentino. ‘Here two photos of her in Valentino red dresses that show the smiling and sweet side of Diana.’
Then Giammetti posted two more candid shots: one of the princess wearing a white and pale blue suit and pearl earrings, smiling as she talks with Giancarlo and his fellow co-founder Valentino Garavani, and another showing Diana on holiday on a yacht wearing a pair of colourful bikini bottoms, a purple shirt tied at the waist, sunglasses and small hoop earrings.
In the never-before-seen image, Diana is smiling at the camera with wet hair and a drink in hand, standing between Prince Kyril of Bulgaria (also known as Kyril, Prince of Preslav and Kyril of Saxe-Coburg) and Valentino.
The MailOnline reports that the photo was taken in September 1990 in Italy, on Valentino’s yacht. It was taken eight years after Diana’s wedding to Prince Charles and two years before the couple’s separation. By the time of the photo, however, their marriage was already breaking down, as we’ve all just seen in season four of The Crown. At this time, Charles was having an affair with Camilla Parker Bowles and Diana had been having a relationship with British cavalry officer, James Hewitt.
Back in September, Giammetti posted a similar candid image of the holiday, showing Diana in conversation with Valentino.
The images are a reminder of not just how iconic Diana’s regular wardrobe was, but just how brilliantly she dressed while on holiday, too. Who can forget this?