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A photograph of Princess Diana that the late royal ‘didn’t like’ is up for sale after nearly 40 years

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A photograph of Princess Diana which was used for commemorative stamps of her despite his dislike for her has gone on sale after nearly 40 years.

The image of Diana, Princess of Wales was taken by photographer Terence Donovan in 1986 and depicts her as a 25-year-old woman wearing a purple crushed velvet ballgown.

When Diana saw the photo, she reportedly made a face and expressed her disgust.

Despite her known dislike of the picture, the Royal Mail later selected her as part of a stamp collection to commemorate her after her death in 1997.

Now the seller, who wishes to remain anonymous, is selling the rare copyrighted portrait photograph for an estimated £15,000.

A photograph of Princess Diana which was used for commemorative stamps of her despite his dislike for her has been put up for sale after nearly 40 years

In 1986, Diana had a busy year as she and Charles toured Japan, Indonesia, Spain and Canada.

Then in November 1986, she went on a six-day tour to Oman, Qatar, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

Yet privately, the couple were unhappy with their marriage, with the two getting into extramarital affairs.

Charles told his official biographer, Jonathan Dimbleby, in 1994 that he picked things up again with Camilla Parker Bowles that year, while Diana’s affair with Army Captain James Hewitt is alleged to have started around the same time.

The photo was taken in 1986, a busy year for the then 25-year-old Princess of Wales (pictured).

The photo was taken in 1986, a busy year for the then 25-year-old Princess of Wales (pictured).

Despite her known dislike of the picture, the Royal Mail later selected her as part of a stamp collection to commemorate her after her death in 1997.

Despite her known dislike of the picture, the Royal Mail later selected her as part of a stamp collection to commemorate her after her death in 1997.

The image was taken by photographer Terence Donovan, although the copyright was sold to a charity worker in 1990.

The woman, who worked for the Society for the Blind in Brighton, asked Diana to sign the original during a royal visit to the association in 1990.

Sarah Lindberg, specialist at London auctioneers Bonhams, said: “Terence Donovan photographed Princess Diana on three occasions, once in 1986 and twice in 1987.

“This pose dates from the first sitting and was chosen by the Royal Mail as one of the images from a collection of stamps issued in 1998 to commemorate the life and achievements of the Princess.

When Diana saw the photo, which was taken by photographer Terence Donovan, she reportedly made a face and expressed her disgust

When Diana saw the photo, which was taken by photographer Terence Donovan, she reportedly made a face and expressed her disgust

“It was purchased by the current owner directly from the photographer prior to a visit by the Princess of Wales, as she then was, to the Brighton Society for the Blind in 1990.

“The seller, who worked for the company, was a huge Diana fan and bought the photo for the express purpose of getting her signed.

“When she put it in front of Diana, she made a face and said, ‘Oh, I don’t like this picture.

“She wanted to present herself as more approachable and I think the photo was too formal for her. Nevertheless, it is a very striking image.

Princess Diana was then a young mother to Prince William and Prince Harry, although privately the couple were unhappy with their marriage

Princess Diana was then a young mother to Prince William and Prince Harry, although privately the couple were unhappy with their marriage

“Original signed photos of Diana taken by Terence Donovan are rarely auctioned – especially large format copies like this one.

“Diana’s appeal lives on after her untimely death and people are still very interested in her as a woman.”

The 20 inch by 16 inch portrait photo is to be sold tomorrow.

The photograph is on sale as an unpublished portrait of the late princess was put on display for the first time.

It comes weeks after an unseen photo of Diana was revealed.  The image, which was taken in 1988, is part of an exhibition at Kensington Palace celebrating royal photography

It comes weeks after an unseen photo of Diana was revealed. The image, which was taken in 1988, is part of an exhibition at Kensington Palace celebrating royal photography

Life Through a Royal Lens will feature iconic photographs of the Royal Family over the past 200 years, including the stunning image of Diana, taken by David Bailey in 1988

Life Through a Royal Lens will feature iconic photographs of the Royal Family over the past 200 years, including the stunning image of Diana, taken by David Bailey in 1988

The black and white photo, part of an exhibition at Kensington Palace celebrating royal photography, was taken by famed photographer David Bailey in 1988.

It was part of a famous collection commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery, but kept by the famous photographer for his personal archives.

It’s easy to see why Bailey, now 84, loved photography. It captures a 27-year-old princess in her prime, a young mother of two who was gaining confidence in her role as a royal.