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William & Kate pose at Taj Mahal following in Diana’s footsteps

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The photos were taken after the Prince followed in the footsteps of his late mother on Saturday, re-creating one of her most famous images.

But this was William and Kate sitting together where Princess Diana had sat alone and forlorn, providing the press with a poignant image that her marriage – as many suspected – was heading for the rocks.

When Diana was photographed alone on the seat, it prompted rumours about the state of her marriage.

The royal couple tours the grounds of the Taj Mahal. They posed for photographers at the Diana bench and chatted with the guide assigned the task of taking them through the monument’s fascinating history.

Famous… Princess Diana cuts a solitary figure at the Taj Mahal in 1992. “He feels incredibly lucky to visit a place where his mother’s memory is kept alive by so many who travel there”.

William and Kate then headed inside, where they saw the tombs of Murghal emperor Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, the beloved wife he commissioned the Taj for in 1631 as a symbol of his eternal love.

A spokesperson for the couple said, “They got a brief glimpse of the Taj from their hotel earlier and were visibly excited”.

William and Kate toured the iconic building after flying in from Bhutan, with the prince describing the building as “stunning and beautiful”.

William and Kate began their seven-day tour of India and Bhutan on April 10.

Ahead of the visit, the Taj Mahal has been cleaned and is said to be looking immaculate.

The couple started their tour in India, where they spent time meeting with local villagers, going on a safari, attending a gala, visiting national landmarks, and raising awareness around the plight of endangered animals. By the end of the year it was announced they had agreed to separate. The seating area, which rests in front of a long reflecting pool, has become known as Princess Di’s Bench.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge looks on as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge fires an arrow during an Bhutanese archery demonstration on the first day of a two day visit to Bhutan on the 14th April 2016 in Paro, Bhutan.

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