In the photo, Diana, then Diana Spencer is around the age of 18 or 19 years old. She is curled up with an unidentified male friend and a bottle of whisky is sitting in the windowsill.
The photo is said to have been taken at a Swiss ski lodge in 1979 or 1980. The photograph was discovered in the Daily Mirror’s archives.
On the back of the photo is the date February 26, 1981 which is believed to be the date it was purchased. This would also mean that the Daily Mirror bought the picture just two days after Diana and Prince Charles’ engagement was officially announced.
Across the top of the photograph are the words “Not to be published.” The Daily Mirror’s photo archives were purchased seven years ago by Eric Caren. After releasing the photo, he spoke with the Daily Mirror.
“It’s an intimate photo. I don’t know the man in the picture and he could be a friend or boyfriend. This would certainly not be in the way the Royal Family would have Diana to have been presented.”
According to the Daily Mail, their sources have speculated who the man could be. Some think he was Diana’s former boyfriend Rory Scott, others think he is James Colthurst who was a close friend of hers.
RR Auctions in Hampshire is who is auctioning the photograph. They are marketing it as “a salacious teenage image of the future princess.”
A spokesman for the RR Auctions spoke with the AFP regarding the possible amount of money the picture would bring. The spokesman speculated that the image which would typically sell for around $1,000 "but because it has that (not-to-be-published) marking on it, we expect it to go for much more."
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