February 1992, in Agra, India.
Lady Di poses alone, seated on a white marble bench, in front of the Taj Mahal, a monument symbol of absolute love... the one that Emperor Shah Jahan once bore to his wife Mumtaz Mahal.
The photo goes around the world and illustrates (sadly) the loneliness of the princess, and the state of her relationship with her husband, Prince Charles.
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Lady Diana in front of the Taj Mahal.
(Agra, February 11, 1992.) Getty Images
More than twenty years later, Meghan Markle has recently been dating a certain … Harry Mountbatten Windsor, and is to travel to India, with World Vision, as part of an awareness mission on good period management for young people. girls.
In order to make her plane ticket profitable, the American actress decides to take her mother, Doria Ragland, to Goa for a retreat in a yoga center to celebrate – with a little delay – her sixtieth birthday.
But her so famous boyfriend gives her an instruction: above all not to pose in front of the Taj Mahal.
And this for a simple and good reason that the main interested party reveals in his
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"Talking about her time in India, we laughed about the advice I gave Meg before she left: don't take your picture in front of the Taj Mahal," Prince Harry recalls.
“She asked me why, and I answered: Mom.
I had explained to him that my mother had posed in front, and that this image had become iconic.
I didn't want people to think she was trying to imitate my mother.
Meg having never heard of this shot, she was confused, and I loved her for it."
When unity is strength
In 2016, during their official trip to India, Prince William and Kate Middleton did not hesitate to pose on the legendary bench (now nicknamed “the Lady Di bench”).
A Kensington Palace spokesperson at the time defended the couple's move, saying it was "what all visitors to the Taj Mahal do".
Wink or not, the Cambridges of the time sent a message: that of a strong couple, the image of happiness chasing away that of loneliness.
Kate and William in front of the Taj Mahal, sending the image of a couple in love and solid.
(Agra, April 16, 2016.) Getty Images
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