PRINCESS Diana was not snubbed by her husband Prince Charles at the Taj Mahal in India and had been photographed smiling just a few hours earlier, according to veteran royal photographer Arthur Edwards.
Mr Edwards, 76, who took the famous photograph of a pensive Princess Diana sitting alone on a bench outside the world's most famous monument to love in February 1992, said he never believed the princess had been intentionally snubbed by her husband that day.
The visit to India came 10 months before the couple separated, and with the media aware of problems in the royal marriage, the vision of a sad-looking Princess Diana sitting alone made front-page headlines around the world.
"Everyone took it as a snub but I never took it like that,'' Edwards told News Corp this week.
And he revealed he had photographed Diana a few hours earlier at another monument, the Red Fort, where she smiled and seemed completely at ease.
A royal photographer for more than 40 years with the Sun newspaper in the UK, Mr Edwards said his own paper had splashed with a story three weeks earlier saying that Charles would be engaged in trade talks that day and would not be able to join his wife in the Indian city of Agra.
The former royal press secretary Dickie Arbiter has also confirmed an unavoidable scheduling clash weeks earlier meant Prince Charles would be giving a speech to businessmen in Bangalore, hundreds of kilometres away and would not be able to join Diana, despite declaring a decade earlier he hoped to visit the monument one day with his wife.
It has since been universally agreed that the decision to let Diana visit the monument alone - where she later told reporters it was a "healing experience'' and invited them to work out for themselves what that might mean - had been a disastrous public relations decision.
But Mr Edwards said he had gone alone to photograph the Princess earlier at the Red Fort, while the other photographers rushed off to the Taj Mahal to set up in position.
"I was the only photographer that went with her,'' he recalled.
"She said 'where do you want me Arthur'.''
The photographs he took show a smiling Diana, seemingly at peace, and a million miles from the sad figure who posed alone on a bench just a few hours later.