Never-before-seen Diana photo sold

A black-and-white photo showing a young Diana, Princess of Wales relaxing with another man before she became a British royal has sold at auction for $US18,000 ($A17,291.90).

The image of the then-Diana Spencer and her close friend Adam Russell was taken in the late 1970s while they were on a ski holiday together, and it was obtained by bosses at Britain's Daily Mirror in February, 1981 - just two days after the tragic royal became engaged to Charles, Prince of Wales.

Editors subsequently chose not to print the picture and instead labelled it "not to be published", deciding to keep it hidden in the paper's archives.

The never-before-seen photo was purchased by executives at the private Caren Archive firm in 2006 and made public earlier in January as it was placed up for sale at the RR Auction house in New Hampshire.

The picture has since sold for thousands after being snapped up by an anonymous real estate investor from San Diego, California.

Diana, mother to Prince William and Prince Harry, wed Prince Charles in July, 1981. They divorced in 1996 and she died in a horrific car crash in Paris, France in 1997.

Subway is apologising that its Footlong sandwiches fell short of expectations.

The world's largest fast-food chain faced widespread criticism last week after a man posted a photo online showing a Footlong next to a tape measure that showed it to be just 11 inches.

Subway said on Friday it was redoubling efforts to "ensure consistency and correct length" in all its sandwiches.

The company had already noted last week that bread length could vary when franchisees don't bake to its exact specifications and that it would reinforce policies to ensure consistency.

In a statement on Friday, Subway expressed "regret" for "any instance where we did not fully deliver on our promise to our customers".

It declined to comment on a lawsuit filed this week by two New Jersey men over the subs.

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