A XVIth century bed which belonged to Diane de Poitiers, the mistress of King Henri II of France, was recently bought by the Prince of Wales, the heir to the British throne.
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Background: A XVIth century bed which belonged to Diane de Poitiers, the mistress of King Henri II of France, was recently bought by the Prince of Wales, the heir to the British throne. The bed was to be a present from Prince Charles to his wife, the Princess of Wales, who is soon to give until the birth of the Royal baby, but the news was leaked to the press and reached the French museum authorities. As a result antique dealer Jose David, from Conquereuil, near Nantes in north-west France, has been notified by the French Ministry of Culture that the bed must remain on French territory. Its first owner, Diane de Poitiers, the Countess of Montevrier, was made a Duchess by Henri II in 1548. Legend has it that the beautiful Diane accepted the King's favours in order to save her father, the Count of Saint Vallier. Having fallen into disgrace, the Count was then pardoned by the King.