The other men in Princess Diana’s life.

Diana’s former bodyguard, Ken Wharfe, says the Princess was “instantly attracted” to handsome art dealer Oliver Hoare, 16 years her senior. Before long, the two were having secret meet-ups. Wharfe claims he once found Hoare “semi-naked”, behind a potted plant in Kensington Palace, holding a cigar.

When Hoare decided to end the affair to save his marriage to his wealthy wife, Diane de Waldner de Freundstein, Diana began bombarding his home with hundreds of phone calls. This became public in 1994, with newspaper headlines screaming, “Di’s cranky calls to married tycoon”.

Hoare died of cancer lain 2018, aged 73.

Will Carling

Carling, who was England’s rugby union captain, met Diana at a London gym in 1995. She asked him for private training sessions. Before long, rumours of their alleged affair were all over the media, and Carling’s marriage to his TV host wife Julia Smith fell apart.

“I am sad that Will put himself in that position, and that the Princess did as well,” Julia said. “This has happened to her before, and you hope she won’t do these things again, but obviously she does.”

Carling always denied the affair with Diana.

“No, no, no – how many times do I have to say it?” he told the Sunday Mirror in 2004. “We were friends.”