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What went unnoticed in photos of Charles & Diana

Section
Entertainment,
Publish Date
Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 9:31AM
Photo: Getty Images
Photo: Getty Images

A Twitter user has brought attention to a very interesting detail in almost every single picture of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. 

Author Philip N Cohen posted a photo of an old postage stamp of the Royal couple, along with the caption ‘They were the same height’.

It caused a fair bit of controversy as it has been reported that the two are of a similar height, with a Buckingham Palace spokesperson telling the New York Times in 1981 that Princess Diana's height was 5 foot ten inches, and Prince Charles stands at 5 foot 11. Yet in the photo above she appears significantly shorter than him.

It was then pointed out by Cohen in a second tweet that the height difference hadn't only occurred in this case, but many official photos of the two. 

Cohen gave more background information regarding the stamp image in a blog post.

He said that at the time of the original stamp photo the Palace claimed that the photographer, who was the Earl of Snowdon got Prince Charles to stand on a box.

This, they said, was not because Diana was taller than him but because the Post Office’s stamp design “called for space for the silhouette at the upper right”.

That doesn’t however, explain all the other photographs.

While the motivations behind Charles towering appearance remains unclear, some are convinced that Prince Charles' propensity to be photographed as much taller than he is indicates that it is an insecurity - one that many men suffer from.