Princess Diana’s brother Charles Spencer just posted a photo on his Twitter that has the entire social media platform feeling blue. Maybe Twitter’s unusual show of sympathy is thanks to the fact there are royal babies on the way. Princess Beatrice just announced her first pregnancy. Meanwhile, Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex must be due any day now with Princess Diana’s second granddaughter. Maybe the outpouring of Twitter emotion is because media coverage speculating about the royal family infighting has made us all long for happier, simpler memories. Perhaps, too, it’s because Princess Diana’s been in the news a lot more lately. Her sons, William and Harry, are set to unveil her statue in honor of Diana’s would-be 60th birthday in July. In addition to the upcoming event, explosive media revelations that BBC journalist Martin Bashir fabricated documents to convince Diana to do her own tell-all interview have refocused attention on Diana’s life story.
Maybe it’s all of the above. Whatever the case, Princess Diana is clearly on Twitter’s mind. And when Charles Spencer published a throwback photo of the two of them as children in swimsuits, it quickly went viral … and brought the collective Twitterverse to tears.
Charles Spencer's throw-back photo with Princess Diana has us all choking up
It’s an unquestionably tender, black and white snapshot, showing a young Charles next to a young Diana. Spencer captioned the photo, “Some bonds go back a very long way.” Diana, with long bangs a chin-length bob, and a one-piece bathing suit, is somehow, already a fashion icon. Spencer’s Twitter followers went down the rabbit hole, fast. “How thoughtful she looks even at this age,” wrote a nostalgic Twitter user. Others were quick to point out how similar Diana looked at that age to her granddaughter, Princess Charlotte (via Twitter), while a third compared the photo to a newer one — one of her grandkids, Charlotte and George, sitting side-by-side (via Twitter). Yet a fourth mourned the fact that Diana never got the chance to meet her descendants. “My goodness” they tweeted, “#PrincessDiana would’ve absolutely adored her Grandchildren i’m so sorry she didn’t get to know them. “Beautiful photograph,” tweeted a fifth. “It gave me a truly warm feeling. It will mean a lot to all those who share a bond with a brother or sister that lives on forever.”
This isn’t the first time we’ve got glimpses into Princess Diana’s childhood, of course. Her former nanny, Mary Clarke, once described her as “helpful, laughing [and] exuberant” (via Oprah Daily). Charles Spencer, meanwhile, told The Sunday Times that he and Diana “were very much in it together” after their mother left their father for another man (via ET).
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