The photos are actually anything but new: They were snapped over 40 years ago in September 1982 by Baron King, a British Airways businessman and friend of the royal family, while visiting Balmoral, Queen Elizabeth’s Scottish estate. They include Diana, a newborn Prince William, then-Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth, too.
What’s striking is how relaxed and casual the images are. Diana is pictured in green wellies and corduroys; Charles is giddy holding his newborn son William. It’s also from a time in the young couple’s life of which images are more scarce.
But it also raises an ethical question: Should these pics be auctioned off at all? The internet was aflutter with suggestions that they be given directly to Princes William and Harry vs. sold. Or that the proceeds go to the charities that Princess Diana supported, much like a recent auction for a collection of personal letters from Diana, which fetched $170,000.
Even then, questions about ethics were raised by many, including me and my c0-host of the Royally Obsessed podcast, Roberta Fiorito. Those letters revealed the torment Diana experienced during her “desperate and ugly” divorce from Prince Charles, how the divorce settlement left her on her knees and even spoke of fears that her phone was bugged.