Royal heartbreak: Why divorce wasn’t the end of ‘Diana’s war with Charles’

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PRINCESS DIANA and Prince Charles’ 1996 divorce was infamously acrimonious – but the split was “not the end of the war”, according to a royal author.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles married in their fairytale 1981 royal wedding. However, their marriage would prove to be notoriously rocky, and the Queen would order them to divorce four years after their 1992 separation. The Prince and Princess of Wales’ acrimonious divorce would play out in 1996.

However, according to royal biographer Penny Junor, Diana still waged a “war” against Chalres after the high-profile split.

In her 2005 book “The Firm”, Ms Junor writes: “It was the end of 15 years of marriage, but it was not the end of the war.

“Diana was no happier outside the family she seemed to have hated so much than she was within it.

The Prince and Princess of Wales pictured in Image Getty
The Prince and Princess of Wales pictured in Image Getty

The Prince and Princess of Wales pictured in 1996 (Image Getty)

One of the last pictures of Charles and Diana together in Image Getty
One of the last pictures of Charles and Diana together in Image Getty

One of the last pictures of Charles and Diana together, in 1995 (Image Getty)

“She was still angry with Charles and determined to embarrass and upstage him at every opportunity.

“And, according to the opinion polls, she took the majority of the country with her.

Ms Junor continues: “As the divorce became absolute, a statement was released saying that the Prince of Wales had no plans to remarry.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles

Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ divorce papers, right (Image Getty)

“It was just as well; at a televised debate on the monarchy, run by Carlton Televison with a randomly selected audience of three thousand, every time Camilla Parker Bowles names was mentioned it was drowned by boos and hisses.

“The public was not about to forgive Camilla any more than Diana was.”

However, there are reports of the Prince and Princess of Wales sharing some amicable moments after their high-profile divorce. 

Princess Diana and Prince Charles on the day the divorce was finalised in Image Getty
Princess Diana and Prince Charles on the day the divorce was finalised in Image Getty

Princess Diana and Prince Charles on the day the divorce was finalised in 1996 (Image Getty)

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles in Image Getty
Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles in Image Getty

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles in 1996 (Image Getty)

Channel 5 documentary ‘The Royal Family at War’, which first aired earlier this year, heard from royal expert ingrid Seward.

Ms Seward said: “Diana did tell me something quite interesting. “She said that on the day of the divorce, she and Charles sat down together on the sofa and they both cried.”

Although  Prince Chalres had long since “given up “ on the marriage, a sense of failure still haunts him “ to this day”, according to Ms Junor.

Charles and Diana timeline Image DX
Charles and Diana timeline Image DX

Charles and Diana timeline (Image DX)

She writes: “He gave up. 

“Not because he didn’t care but because he couldn’t help.  

“He felt desperate, hopeless and guilty, and to this day he feels a terrible sense of failure for not having been able to make his marriage work.” 

Source: EXPRESS CO UK