Princess Diana: Real reason Prince Charles ‘RUSHED’ to marry Diana – REVEALED

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Princess Diana: Real reason Prince Charles ‘RUSHED’ to marry Diana – REVEALED

PRINCE Charles “rushed” into his relationship with Princess Diana as he feared the consequences of further postponing his marriage, a royal author said.

The Prince of Wales’ quest for a suitable future Queen ended in an “ill-judged” union with Diana because Charles didn’t want to follow late King Edward VIII’s example, according to Ted Powell, author of King Edward VIII: An American Life. Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Powell said: “In his anxiety not to follow Edward’s example, Charles rushed into an ill-judged marriage with Lady Diana Spencer, with disastrous results.” Edward VIII abdicated in 1936 to be able to marry the woman he loved, American divorcee Wallis Simpson, a decision which ended with his abdication and Queen Elizabeth II’s father, King George VI, taking the throne.

In his anxiety not to follow Edward’s example, Charles rushed into an ill-judged marriage with Lady Diana Spencer, with disastrous results

Ted Powell

Princess Diana and Prince Charles got married in 1981 Image GETTY
Princess Diana and Prince Charles got married in 1981 Image GETTY

And before making this damning choice, which shook the House of Windsor to the ground and sparked a constitutional crisis, Edward VIII lived a chaotic love life, moving from one lover to another until he was in his forties.

Throughout his life, Prince Charles was constantly reminded of what Edward VIII did, as his actions were highlighted by family and advisers as examples to be avoided at all costs.

Among them, Earl Louis Mountbatten, Prince Charles’s mentor, was particularly keen on chastising the young royal for any behaviour that could send him on a path similar to Edward, according to Mr Powell.

The author said: “Edward’s abdication has cast a long shadow over the life of Prince Charles.
“When Charles was a young man in the 1970s, the example of ‘Uncle David’ was repeatedly held up to him as a dreadful warning of how the Prince of Wales should not behave.

“Earl Mountbatten was particularly concerned that he should not make the same mistake of postponing marriage as Edward had done.

“On one occasion he wrote to Charles, ‘I thought you were beginning on the downward slope which wrecked your Uncle David’s life and led to his disgraceful Abdication and futile life ever after’.”

Earl Mountbatten was killed by the IRA in 1980, but his teachings lived on with Charles.


One year later, on July 29, 1981, the Prince of Wales and Princess Diana got married in St Paul’s Cathedral, London.

But despite Diana being seen as a suitable wife for a prince, their relationship went downhill quickly.

The Princess of Wales revealed years later she was suffering from depression and bulimia.
And in a shocking interview released to BBC Panorama in 1995, Diana opened up on the flaws of her relationship with the Prince of Wales, famously revealing there were “three people” in her marriage – her, Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles.

Mr Powell said despite his efforts to stay as far as possible from Edward VIII’s example, Prince Charles ended up being compared to the late king.

Louis Mountbatten the Prince of Wales mentor and Prince Charles Image GETTY
Louis Mountbatten the Prince of Wales mentor and Prince Charles Image GETTY

The author said: “In the 1990s his clandestine affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles, and consequent divorce from Diana, rocked the royal family to its foundations, and prompted comparisons with Edward’s affair with Wallis Simpson.”

Princess Diana revealed Prince Charless relationship with Camilla in an interview to Panorama Image GETTY
Princess Diana revealed Prince Charless relationship with Camilla in an interview to Panorama Image GETTY

Ted Powell’s new book King Edward VIII: An American Life, published by Oxford University Press, is out now in hardback and ebook.

Edward VIII abdicated in 1936 to marry Wallis Simpson Image GETTY
Edward VIII abdicated in 1936 to marry Wallis Simpson Image GETTY

Source: EXPRESS CO UK