Princess Diana Photographer Kept These Intimate Photos Of Her A Secret For 20 Years — Until Now

by Emerald Pellot
Emerald Pellot graduated summa cum laude from New York University with a degree in Writing & Popular Culture. She worked as Senior Editor of College Candy for 2 years, covering feminism, popular culture, and college life before joining LittleThings in 2015. Based in New York City, Emerald covers a wide range of topics from human interest pieces to celebrity news.

Over the course of 12 years , photographer Julia McCarthy-Fox traveled thousands of miles, taking photos of Princess Diana, William, Harry, and Charles.

Julia kept the photos a secret until now. She decided revealing them would be a fitting way to commemorate the untimely death of the beloved princess on the 20th anniversary of her passing.

“Very early on, it became apparent that Diana had a kind of magical aura around her. She seemed to radiate joy as she plunged into yet another walkabout,” Julia said. “She had this knack of spotting anyone in a crowd who was shy or nervous, ensuring that she shook their hand and shared a few words with them.”

Julia has been dubbed a royal family superfan after following the family so intimately and for so long. The photos she revealed are from 1983 to 1995, although she followed the family for 30 years.

Her favorite photo is of Diana in a red V-neck sweater, taken during a visit to the British Red Cross Society in 1987.

“I spoke to her several times, and although I can remember nothing of what was said, I can still recall how exciting it was to be that close to her. The crowd would buzz for ages after she had passed, and everyone had a glow about them,” she said.

Julia was never specifically commissioned by the family to take photos. She was merely a dedicated face in the crowd who managed to get closer than the average person: a mother and housewife by day, a devoted photographer of the Royal family during off-hours.

“I have no idea what her secret was, but I do know that meeting her was something that people never forgot. For a few special moments, she made ordinary people feel extraordinary, and that was a remarkable skill,” she says.

Naturally Julia was devastated by the loss of Diana. It was a grief she shared with the world at large.

“As the hearse taking the princess on her final journey passed on its way back down The Mall, single flowers were thrown into its path. And as it disappeared from view, with roses on the roof and carnations strewn in the road behind it, Diana was gone for the last time,” she said “What a sad fairytale that had turned into.”

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