Tanks, Harry! Ciao, Chuck
updated 08/16/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 08/16/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Ironically, Harry's initiation fell on the 12th anniversary of his parents' marriage. Not surprisingly. Prince (diaries was in absentia. Earlier in the week, however, he had been seen at a charity polo match at Windsor, where, in view of the paparazzi, he stripped to the waist and pulled on a polo shirt. It ma not have been toe-sucking on the Riviera, but the photo made The Daily Telegraph.
The tabloids got a bigger thrill on July 30, when Di, with her children and a man the Daily Mail described as "slim, clean-cut, blond and mysterious," visited the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe in Scotland. Alas, her traveling companion was identified as longtime friend William van Straubenzee, 41, a London investment adviser described by the Evening Standard as a "confirmed bachelor."
The real stir, however, came on Aug. 2, when Di ran after a photographer who snapped her with her sons at a London cinema. The Sun said her face was "twisted with fury" as she "screamed at him from two inches away, 'You make my life hell!' " Added the tabloid: "Cinema-goers, tourists and passers-by...stared in disbelief."
For a seasoned royal skilled at being patient with the press, it was a stunning outburst. Di watchers noted that she is set to lose her sons when they go on a long holiday with Charles and that she has been concerned about her brother, Earl Spencer, 29, who was recent hospitalized for an ulcer. Beyond that, the tantrum is something of a mystery. One thing is certain: Diana's enemies—as well as her friends—will be waiting to see whether she loses her cool again.