April 1, 2022

Princess Diana’s Photographer Dies At 78

Patrick Demarchelier, the photographer who took some of the most captivating and memorable portraits of Princess Diana, has died aged 78.

The Frenchman was contacted by the Princess of Wales in 1989 after she saw one of his images on the cover of Vogue.

Their first shoot the following year produced the famous black and white photograph of Diana wearing a strapless dress and tiara.

Afterwards the princess took the unusual step of asking Mr Demarchelier to become her personal portraitist – the first non-British official photographer of the Royal Family.

He once said of their relationship: ‘We became friends. She was funny and kind – but fundamentally she was a very simple woman who liked very simple things.’

The death of Mr Demarchelier, who lived in New York with his ex-model wife Mia, was confirmed on his Instagram account last night.

He is survived by three sons – Gustaf, Arthur and Victor – and three grandchildren.

In a stellar career, Mr Demarchelier captured photos of celebrities including Madonna, Kate Moss and Beyonce.

He appeared in films such as 2006’s The Devil Wears Prada and his work often graced the pages of Vogue.

In 2018, Mr Demarchelier was accused of sexually assaulting models and an assistant, which he denied.

Magazine firm Conde Nast, which owns Vogue, suspended work with the photographer.

Source: Daily Mail

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