Oliver Hoare

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Oliver Hoare
Born18 July 1945
DiedAugust 23, 2018(2018-08-23) (aged 73)
EducationEton College
Alma materThe Sorbonne, Paris
OccupationArt dealer
Known forIslamic art/affair with Diana Princess of Wales
Spouse(s)Diane de Waldner de Freundstein

Oliver Reginald Hoare (18 July 1945 – 23 August 2018) was an English art dealer known for his work in the area of Islamic art and his affair with Diana, Princess of Wales.

Early life and family[edit]

Hoare was born on 18 July 1945 to Reginald Hoare, a Norfolk landowner, soldier, and official in the British War Office, he was educated at Eton College and then, after travels in Persia, at the Sorbonne in Paris.[1]


In 1967, he joined Christie's in London where he started the Islamic art department almost by accident after he found forgotten objects in a storeroom and used them as the basis of a successful auction, he stayed with the firm until 1974 and in 1975 started the Ahuan Gallery with a partner.[1]

He was involved in building several important collections of Islamic art. In the 1980s he advised Sheikh Nasser al-Sabah on acquisitions which are now part of the Kuwait National Museum, he assisted the Nuhad Es-Said Collection of Islamic metalwork, and in the 1990s he helped the Qatar National Museum to spend $1 billion on Islamic art.[1]

In 1994, he negotiated the return to Iran of part of a 16th century Persian manuscript in exchange for Willem de Kooning's Woman III which had been in Iran since that country's Islamic revolution; the objects were exchanged at Vienna airport.[1]

Personal life[edit]

In 1976, he married Diane de Waldner de Freundstein, who came from a wealthy French oil family. Diane's mother was Baroness Louise de Waldner, a niece of the British Queen Mother. Hoare and his wife had three children: Tristan, Damian and Olivia[2][3].[1]

In the 1990s, he had an affair with Diana, Princess of Wales.[4] One night, Hoare was found by a policeman hiding behind a potted tree smoking a cigar after the fire alarm sounded at Kensington Palace where Diana had her apartment. On another occasion, he was said to have been seen entering the boot of Diana's car.[1]


Hoare died of cancer on 23 August 2018.[5][6][7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Oliver Hoare obituary. The Times, 13 September 2018. Retrieved 16 September 2018. (subscription required)
  2. ^ The couple married in 1976 and settled in a Chelsea townhouse, going on to have three children: Tristan, now 41, Damien, 39, and 36-year old Olivia. https://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/1016296/princess-diana-affair-oliver-hoare-royal-uk
  3. ^ their children Tristan, 17, Damien, 15, and Olivia, 12 https://people.com/archive/oliver-on-the-spot-vol-42-no-13/
  4. ^ Pacheco, Sunitra. "Oliver Hoare death: Here are the details of Princess Diana's affair with Prince Charles' friend". Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  5. ^ Obituaries, Telegraph (13 September 2018). "Oliver Hoare, art dealer – obituary". Retrieved 20 September 2018 – via www.telegraph.co.uk.
  6. ^ "Princess Diana's ex-lover Oliver Hoare dies aged 73". Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  7. ^ Media, ATG. "Islamic art dealer Oliver Hoare passes away at 73". www.antiquestradegazette.com. Retrieved 20 September 2018.

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