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The one thing you never noticed about Princess Diana’s bags

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    We all know how difficult it can be to get out of a car gracefully when you’re wearing a dress, but one person who had that technique nailed was Princess Diana.

    She had to be, being as she couldn’t go anywhere without being papped. And it turns out she had a secret to looking immaculate every time she arrived at a party: her handbag.

    Di’s not the only Royal with a handbag secret in turns out, as the Queen uses hers to send signals to her staff, and there’s a reason Kate Middleton always carries a clutch.

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    You’ll have noticed she always carried around a small clutch bag to go with her evening gowns. Not very practical you’d think, seeing as you could barely fit a lipstick in there.

    But it turns out it had another purpose, which was hiding her cleavage. You see, she had to lean out ever so slightly to get out of the car, meaning if she had a low cut dress, there was a risk of showing too much cleavage.

    So she’d always hold her clutch bag close to her chest, so that paps wouldn’t get a lurid shot.

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    Handbag designer Anya Hindmarsh told The Telegraph, ‘She was a very loyal customer and a lot of fun. She would come and see us with no bodyguards or any fuss.’

    ‘We used to laugh when we designed what she called her ‘cleavage bags’, little satin clutches which she would cover her cleavage with when she stepped out of cars,’ she revealed.

    And now, looking back at pictures of Di at parties, we notice she did it all the time.

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