Beauty and the Beach
updated 01/18/1993 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 01/18/1993 AT 01:00 AM EST
Once settled in at the posh Montpelier Plantation Inn, Diana struck a deal with pursuing lensmen: She would give them brief photo access in the morning in exchange for peace and freedom the rest of the day. The result: a series of stunning fun-in-the-sun photos of Di, bikinied and otherwise. Naturally the pictures were big news at home. "The down-cast eyes, soulful expressions and painful thinness have been replaced by exuberant laughter and a more curvy figure," noted the Daily Express. "The onetime bulimia sufferer looks as if she is celebrating the sheer joy of being alive." Or, at the very least, Prince-less.