Photographs and text by Norbert Schiller
Late one evening in April 1992 I received a phone call from someone in England claiming to be a journalist, who asked me whether the British ambassador’s residence in Cairo had a swimming pool. I had been invited to the residence before but for the life of me I could not remember if there was a pool. I found the question rather odd so I asked “why?” The person on the other end said “I notice that your name is on the official list of photographers assigned to cover Princess Diana’s tour of Egypt.”
In the end I didn’t have much choice because once the traveling press was assigned it was almost impossible to switch out for someone else. So rather than fret about spending a week with the Princess I decided to take it in stride and see what it was like to not cover conflict and politics and be a celebrity photographer for a change.
On this the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death and the 25th anniversary of her visit to Egypt I have created an exhibition from my personal archive showcasing her tour as well as a little insight into what it was like being part in her entourage.