Princess Diana fans spot baffling issue in every official photo of her and Prince Charles
Spot anything odd about this photo of Prince Charles and Princess Diana (Image: Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)
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Throughout their courtship and marriage, Prince Charles and Princess Diana sat for a variety of official photos.
Their smiling faces appeared in magazines, on stamps and in portraits, as fans were obsessed by every detail of what the world believed was the perfect fairytale.
But there's something a bit odd in all their official snaps, and it still baffles fans decades on.
Pretty much all the photos released show Charles standing several inches taller than his wife.
This was the case in their official engagement photo, anniversary snaps and cute family portraits with Princes William and Harry.
But take a closer look, and you'll spot that Diana is often leaning into Charles's chest, tilted forward or sitting down – because the couple were actually the same height.
Charles was always taller than Diana in official photos
(Image: Getty Images)
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They both measured in at exactly 1.78m, which is just under 5ft 9.
This is clear in any photos of them taken standing side by side at engagements or while out and about.
However, the heir to the throne is always standing on a higher step or show Diana leaning forward in those released by the royal family.
The issue came to light again last year when a picture of an old stamp featuring the couple was discovered by a fan.
It's also noticeable in family photos
(Image: Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)
Diana was aware of being the same height as Charles, and chose her wedding shoes carefully to ensure she wasn't taller than the groom.
She opted for a practically flat shoe, which made sure they stood at the same height as they said their vows.
In another nod to her husband, she also had the letters C and D painted on the soles of the satin and lace shoes, which were covered in more than 500 sequins and 100 pearls.
Photos taken at official events show the couple were actually the same height
(Image: Getty Images)
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Many fans only discovered the odd detail after watching the new series of The Crown, which tells the story of Charles and Diana's relationship.
One wrote on Twitter : "What I only found out few days ago and really bugs me is that even though princess Diana and Prince Charles were the same height, in almost official every photos, he is shown taller than her, or there's an attempt to do so."
Another added: "Charles and Diana were the same height. Why is it so important the man is taller than the woman, that society has to make this Fake News up?"
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Others wished Netflix's The Crown had cast an actress who was a more accurate height.
One wrote: "I wish they had made diana and charles the same height in the crown like they really were despite them always posed to make him look taller. Not that they need another scene to make her feel figuratively OR literally small. Oof. This season is gonna be rough to watch."
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Another added: "The Crown feeding the propaganda with this casting. Charles and Diana were the same height!!"
A third wrote: "I think the actress playing Diana is too short. The fact that Diana was the same height as Charles (and taller in heels) affected the way she walked into a room or comported herself with Charles and other men of average height. Just sayin’."