One of Princess Dianas ex-lovers, Oliver Hoare, has reportedly died from cancer aged 73.

The art dealer, who is believed to have begun an affair with Diana after the death of her father in 1992, died at home in France, the Daily Mail reported.

The married father-of-three, an Old Etonian, was also a close friend of the Princess of Wales’ estranged husband Prince Charles.

Kensington Palace security staff apparently once found Mr Hoare hiding behind a bay tree half-naked after trying to sneak out when a fire alarm went off during the middle of the night.

Diana was said to be “infatuated” with him and dreamed of moving away together to Italy.
Oliver Hoare was also friends with Prince Charles (Back/Daily Mail/REX/Shutterstock)

But Mr Hoare’s affair with the princess ended when he decided to stay with his French-born wife, with her reportedly threatening divorce.

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He never publicly admitted to the affair with Diana, who was 16 years his junior.

However, Diana’s former bodyguard Ken Wharfe revealed the extent of the relationship following the princess’ death in 1997.

Mr Hoare was a student at Sorbonne in Paris, before joining Christies and going on to become a specialist in Islamic art.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana had separated in 1992 following several years of speculation that they slept in separate rooms and spent vacations apart.

The Princess had a string of lovers including polo player James Hewitt and Dodi Al Fayed, who was with her in the car when she died in the crash in Paris.

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