Princess Diana on a yacht in Portofino, Italy, one week before she passed
This shot of Princess Diana sitting on the diving board of the private yacht “Jonikal,” owned by her boyfriend, Mohammed Al Fayed, is from the final holiday she ever took. In the summer of 1997, Diana was trying to reinvent herself, to remove herself from the public eye and become a person again.
In late July she traveled to Saint Tropez in the South of France where she spent time on Fayed’s yacht and the Fayed family’s 30-bedroom villa, Castle St. Therese, with her sons, William and Harry. It’s clear from this photo that even when she was alone she was never really alone.
Photographers were constantly hounding her, even when she was in the middle of the ocean. There was nowhere she could go where she was safe.