The bizarre detail in every official photo of Princess Diana and Prince Charles you probably never noticed before

Had you spotted this detail in the official pictures of Prince Charles and Princess Diana?

Charles and Diana, Prince and Princess of Wales, pose outside Chateau de Chambord during their official visit to France on November 9, 1988 in Chambord, France
(Image credit: Georges De Keerle / Contributor via Getty)

Prince Charles and Princess Diana had plenty of official photographs taken together over the years. But one royal fan has noticed something interesting about pretty much every single one.

Princess Diana married Prince Charles in 1981, but they separated in 1992, later divorcing in 1996. So naturally there were plenty of official and professional photographs taken of the royal couple over the years. 

But a viral tweet has spotted that the Prince of Wales always appeared taller in these images – despite the fact that he and Diana were both exactly the same height at 5ft 8in, or 1.78m.

The commemorative stamp shown in the below tweet is particularly good example, in which Princess Diana is shown to be almost a head shorter than Prince Charles.

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Unsurprisingly many Twitter users were quick to comment on this. One noted, "That's why she always tilted her head down. She also wore flats or very short heels."

Others suggested that Prince Charles may have been "standing on a box" in the photos to give people the illusion that he was significantly taller than his wife.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana

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However, Princess Diana and Prince Charles were definitely the same height, as confirmed by public appearances of the couple taken outside of an official setting.

When they stood on the hospital steps after the birth of Prince William, for example, you can clearly see that they’re the same height – which makes people wonder why this was an issue in the first place.

According to an article on The Society Pages, it may have something to do with the (very dated) societal expectation that men should be taller than women.

Lisa Wade PhD, a professor at Occidental College, suggested, "When Charles and Diana were posed together formally, however, they were typically arranged so as to suggest that he was significantly taller than her, or at least to disguise the fact that he was not."

"This effort to make Charles appear taller is a social commitment to the idea that men are taller and women shorter. When our own bodies, and our chosen mates, don’t follow this rule, sometimes we’ll go to great lengths to preserve the illusion.’

So whilst this hasn't been confirmed as the official reason, it could serve as an explanation as to why there was a significant height difference between the two in official photographs.