PRINCESS DIANA could never know if she “really loved Charles” because of one particular detail about their relationship, according to royal commentator.
Diana and Charles were thought to have the fairytale wedding when they married back in 1981. However, only a few years down the line, cracks began to show and they went through a prolonged and public breakup. They divorced in 1996 after four years of public spats and two shocking, tell-all interviews. Yet through it all, Diana maintained that she truly loved her husband.
Writing in the Daily Mail in 2003, royal expert Richard Kay explained how Diana’s closest friend Lucia Flecha de Lima said: “She often told how happy they were in the beginning, especially after William was born and how they bathed him together.”
The friend also said Diana once told Charles: “I will love you for ever.”
However, in the BBC Radio 5 Live 2017 series, ‘Images of Diana’, presenter Natasha Kaplinsky looked into the nature of their relationship. She asked: “Did they have much in common?”
Diana’s biographer Sarah Bradford replied: “Really very little indeed. They really weren’t suited at all.”
Ms Kaplinsky commented: “Nevertheless he was the future King of England and she must have idolised him.”
Prince Charles and Princess Diana (Image: Getty)
Charles and Diana married in 1981 (Image: Getty)
Ms Bradford responded: “Well she certainly did. All through her life I think she loved him.”
Ms Kaplinsky asked: “She said that right the way through didn’t she? But going back to the point about being in love, she didn’t really have a yardstick to compare it with did she?
“She was an absolute beginner in the world of love. And so how would se really know if she loved or not?”
Ms Bradford commented: “Seriously, I suppose she couldn’t know. It was a caricature of a teenager’s, really.”
Diana was only 19 when the 32-year-old Prince of Wales proposed.
Diana instantly became a global sensation upon her marriage to Charles (Image: Getty)
During their 1981 engagement interview, the couple were asked if they were in love. Diana looked away sheepishly and said: “Of course!”
Charles, on the other hand, said: “Whatever ‘in love’ means.”
This ambiguous response seemed to predict how the couple would end up approaching their marriage completely differently.
As Diana said in the 1995 Panorama interview: “I desperately wanted it to work, I desperately loved my husband and I wanted to share everything together.”
At the time, they had been separated for three years, but she still added: “I don’t want a divorce, but obviously we need clarity on a situation that has been of enormous discussion over the last three years in particular.”
Diana was 19 when 32-year-old Charles proposed to her (Image: Getty)
Charles had a long-running affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles (Image: Getty)
Speaking to the International Business Times last year, writer Petronella Wyatt explained how she became close to Diana prior to her death and how the Princess of Wales had always harboured feelings for her ex-husband.
She said: “But I always thought, and so did friends of both her and Charles, that she remained a little in love with him. I never thought she was in love with Dodi Fayed.”
Mr Fayed was Diana’s lover at the time of the fatal car crash in 1997, which killed them both.
The writer added that the People’s Princess always wanted to “redo” her marriage with Charles.
Charles and Diana divorced in 1996 (Image: Getty)
However, Charles had always loved Camilla Parker-Bowles, which put a great strain on his marriage with Diana.
Diana once said – in a conversations translated into the book ‘Diana: Her True Story’ – that she overheard Charles on the phone to Camilla in the bath.
He said: “Whatever happens, I will always love you.”
This confession showed a stark contrast between Charles’ approach to Diana and Camilla.
Diana said in her famous 1995 Panorama interview: “There were three of us intros marriage, so it was a bit crowded.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK