PRINCESS DIANA was known for her role as Princess of Wales but according to an insider and her one time private secretary, she always had greater ambitions for her life on the royal frontline.
Diana became the Princess of Wales upon her marriage to Prince Charles in 1981. She was considered to be the ideal match to the heir to the throne because she came from aristocratic circles and was thought to be ‘intact’ prior to her marriage. Some critics believe Diana had dreamt of wedding Charles long before they actually began to date, as she was very ambitious in her youth.
Her former private secretary, Patrick Jephson, told Vanity Fair’s Sarah Ellison in 2013 how Diana always intended for her royal life to go in another direction, only for her split from Charles in 1992 to force her down a different path.
Mr Jephson said: “You must remember that she didn’t join the Royal Family to be Princess.
“She joined the Royal Family to be Queen.”
Writing in his 2007 biography, ‘Charles: The Man who will be King’ author Howard Hodgson said that Diana “already believed that she was in love with Prince Charles” upon their third meeting.
Princess Diana was known as Lady Diana Spencer before her marriage (Image: Getty)
Diana always wanted to be queen according to her private secretary Patrick Jephson (Image: Getty)
He continued: “Moreover, she had made up her mind, in a most bizarre way, that she wishes to marry him despite the fact that she hardly knew him and, even worse, had — unlike most of her rivals — given little or no thought to the consequences of this action.”
Indeed, Diana frequently made it clear she did not want to divorce Charles and eventually it was the Queen who had to push the two to make their split official.
As a result, he claimed “she was conflicted at this time in her life” after separating from Charles.
Mr Jephson claimed that being left without the possibility of becoming queen, Diana was caught “between some undefined yearning for normality” and “what was a reaction to the traumatic experience of her separation and divorce”.
Diana and Charles married in a lavish ceremony in 1981 (Image: Getty)
She then sought comfort in a loving and “normal” relationship with the Pakistani heart surgeon, Hasnat Khan, who was far away from the public eye and her past life as a queen-in-waiting.
Yet, Diana herself contradicted Mr Jephson’s statement that she always wanted to be queen in 1995.
She said in her infamous interview with Panorama that she mainly wanted to be a “queen of people’s hearts” rather than a future queen of the UK.
She explained: “I don’t see myself being queen of this country.
“I don’t think many people will want me to be queen.
Charles and Diana split in 1992, and divorced in 1996 (Image: Getty)
Diana during her 1995 Panorama interview (L) and Hasnat Khan (R) (Image: Getty)
“Actually, when I say many people, I mean the establishment that I married into, because they have decided that I’m a non-starter.”
In his 1992 biography, ‘Princess Diana: Her True Story In her own Words’ author Andrew Morton claimed that she always felt she was not destined to sit besides Charles as a royal consort.
She said: “From day one, I always knew I would never be the next Queen.
“No one said that to me — I just knew it.”
Diana claimed she wanted to be “queen of people’s hearts” (Image: Getty)
Still, by the time of her 1995 interview Diana had already met Mr Khan.
As Mr Jephson said in 2013, “Diana was soon to be divorced and she knew it” when talking to the BBC and so was aware she could not be queen.
Time magazine pointed out in 2017 that Diana’s legacy is “less a queen of hearts, perhaps, than a queen of the heart”, which she established in her controversial 1995 interview.
The piece claimed that she earned such a title by “demonstrating the courage to break out of a rigidly hidebound establishment to expose not just her failing marriage but also her wounded feelings”.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK