Royal heartbreak: The moment Charles’ ‘composure collapsed’ with devastating consequences

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PRINCESS DIANA’s relationship with Prince Charles was one of the most eagerly watched during its 15-year spell.

Royal news The moment Charles broke down Image PA
Royal news The moment Charles broke down Image PA

Royal news The moment Charles broke down (Image PA)

The pair married in 1981 which began a relationship which at times, had the main focuses of the media in the UK. Following rumours of infidelity within the marriage, Charles and Diana divorced in 1996. Just a year later, Diana died in a car crash in Paris.

Although she may not have been Charles’s wife anymore, at the time of her death she caused huge emotional pain for the Prince of Wales.

Writing in her book, ‘The Queen & Di: The Untold Story’, Ingrid Seward spoke of how upon hearing of her death, the once composed Charles finally broke down.

Ms Seward wrote: “Charles’s composure collapsed and the tears which the public never saw started to flow.

“There had been times when Diana’s behaviour had driven him to such distraction that he declared her to be utterly mad.

Charles and Dianas timeline Image Express
Charles and Dianas timeline Image Express

Charles and Diana’s timeline (Image: Express)

Royal news Dianas shed his reserved personality Image PA
Royal news Dianas shed his reserved personality Image PA

Royal news: Diana’s shed his reserved personality (Image: PA)

“Confronted with the finality of her demise, however, the residue of bitterness was torn away, exposing the sensitivity which Diana had once found so attractive.”

Eight years following the death of Diana, Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles, now, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Although Camilla married Charles, one biographer has revealed that she never sought to replace his ex-wife at any point.

Biography Penny Junor explained: “You want your mum, you don’t want her, and she had her own family.”

Royal news: Camilla never wanted to replace Diana

Royal news: Camilla never wanted to replace Diana (Image: PA)

As reported by International Business Times, Ms Junor added: “To be fair to Camilla, she never tried to be Mummy, but she was the ‘other woman’ and she was there and taking Daddy’s time.”

Through her marriage to Charles, Camilla could be addressed as Princess of Wales, but she has rejected the option, with some suggesting this was because the title was associated so much with Diana.

Camilla is referred to as Duchess of Rothesay while in Scotland.

Even Prince Harry has called for the public to be more sympathetic to his stepmother.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK