SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Diana's most astute lover, Oliver Hoare, dies

One of the former lovers of Princess Diana, Oliver Hoare, died of cancer in France at the age of 73 years.

One of the former lovers of Princess Diana, Oliver Hoare, died of cancer in France at the age of 73 years.

One of the former lovers of Princess Diana, Oliver Hoare, died of cancer in France at the age of 73 years.

One of the former lovers of Princess Diana, Oliver Hoare, died of cancer in France at 73 years old.

The handsome, married art dealer of Old Etonia, who was sixteen years older than Diana, was also a close friend of Prince Charles, which added an additional chill to his love affair.

Of all Diana's lovers (including James Hewitt, James Gilbey, Will Carling and Dodi Fayed), Hoare was possibly the most elegant.

Their relationship flourished in the early nineties, although they never admitted it publicly.

Diana smuggled him into Kensington Palace in the trunk of the car and security personnel once found him half-naked and hiding behind a laurel tree while trying to sneak away after a fire alarm was triggered in the middle of the night.

Diana fell more and more in love with him and told her confidante, Lady Bowker, the widow of a diplomat, that she "dreamed of living in Italy with the handsome Hoare".

However, Hoare, father of three children, was not willing to leave his wife, the French oil heiress Diane de Waldner. After she tried to cool the relationship in 1994, Diana bombed her Chelsea home with annoying telephone calls.

At the insistence of his wife, Hoare contacted the police and some of the 300 calls went back to the private line of the Princess at Kensington Palace, others to telephones in the Kensington area. Later, the police announced that the investigations had ended "at the request of Mr. Hoare."

Diana smuggled him into Kensington Palace in the trunk of his car and security personnel once found him half naked and hiding behind a laurel tree.

Diana smuggled him into Kensington Palace in the trunk of his car and security personnel once found him half naked and hiding behind a laurel tree.

Diana smuggled him into Kensington Palace in the trunk of his car and security personnel once found him half naked and hiding behind a laurel tree.

Diana admitted in the infamous Panorama interview with Martin Bashir in 1995 that she sometimes called Hoare. "For a period of six to nine months, sometimes, but certainly not obsessively, no," he insisted.

The royal biographer, Lady Colin Campbell, stated controversially that Diana was overwhelmed by the pain at that moment, having discovered that she was pregnant and had to have an abortion.

Hoare was a student of art history at the Sorbonne before joining Christie & # 39; s in 1967. Later he became a specialist in Islamic art.

In 2005, he was involved in an investigation into the financial transactions of Sheikh Saud Al Thani of Qatar, the largest art collector in the world.

From the invoices it appears that Hoare had sold to the Sheikh, cousin of the Emir of Qatar, works of art worth more than £ 20 million.

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