See Princess Diana and Prince Charles During Their Hands-On Caribbean Vacation
The paparazzi always had a thing for Princess Diana. And why not? She was young, beautiful, and charismatic, even as a shy newlywed. So when she and Prince Charles flew to the Bahamas for a 10-day vacation in February 1982, they tried to fool the British press by traveling as Mr. and Mrs. Hardy. That trick didn’t work at all!
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The tabloids struck gold. Diana was about five months pregnant at the time with Prince William (who was born in June that year). But instead of hiding her bump beneath a maternity swimsuit, she wore a bikini. When the photos appeared along with headlines like “Bahama Mama,” Queen Elizabeth called it “the blackest day in the history of British journalism.”
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Sure, we wonder what the fuss was about now. But what strikes us about these photos are how happy the two parents-to-be look, and how affectionate they were with each other. There 10-day stay in the sun was a true babymoon, and these photos prove it! Swipe through and see for yourself. One in particular is kind of jaw-dropping, as we’d NEVER seen Charles and Diana that loosey-goosey before.
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Prince Charles And Diana Pregnant In Bikini
This photo seems tame now, but back in 1982, it made headlines all over the world!
Prince Charles And Diana Beach Shot
Settling in for some fun in the sun. The royal couple looks happy!
Prince Charles And Diana In Ocean
Prince Charles seems so protective of Diana here--too bad it didn't last.
Prince Charles And Diana Relaxing
This is the before shot. These two parents-to-be seem pretty relaxed. Notice how similar Prince Charles's smile is to William's!
Prince Charles And Diana Grope
And here's the "after" shot. Was Prince Charles mugging for a friend or the paparazzi?!
Prince Charles And Diana Hugs
More PDAs--caught from a distance by powerful camera lenses.
Prince Charles And Diana Vacation Return
After their 10-day babymoon, the Prince and Princess of Wales arrived home. While she looks mischievous, he seems grim, as if anticipating the royal bawling out he'll get from his mom.