PRINCESS DIANA’s marriage to Prince Charles was littered with painful moments and ended in 1996.
The pair separated following rumours of infidelity on both sides. Even before their eventual separation, Diana struggled to bed into royal life from the very start. Essentially, Diana struggled to cope with the rigour and customs of the Royal Family which was typified in one example revealed by one royal expert.
Writing in her book, ‘The Queen and Di: The Untold Story’, Ingrid Seward revealed the one decision Diana made that other Royal Family members considered “bad form”.
Royal news: Diana’s one critical mistake (Image: PA)
Describing the moment when Diana and Charles returned from their honeymoon to join family members in the Scottish Highlands, the then Princess of Wales made one crucial error.
According to the royal expert, it revolved around Diana’s refusal to go on the family’s ritual of lunchtime picnics and barbecues.
Ms Seward added: “Within a week of her return as Princess of Wales, she was sulkily refusing to go.
Royal news: Diana refused to go on the barbecue (Image: GETTY)
Diana and Charles romantic timeline (Image: Express)
“‘She just about managed to drag herself out for the occasional picnic, but she would try everything to get out of barbecues.
“This was considered extremely ‘bad form’.”
According to Ms Seward, the idea of the barbecues was not just to get the family out of the house but also to allow the staff to retire for the evening.
As Ms Seward wrote, the “perk” for the staff was, therefore “infringed upon by Diana “determination to stay behind”.
Royal news: Diana at times struggled with the public (Image: GETTY)
As well as distancing herself from the occasional family barbecue, Diana also struggled with meeting the public.
Despite her popularity with the masses, Diana felt incredibly “claustrophobic” when surrounded by the people.
Ms Seward added in the same book: “No matter how hard she tried, Diana never succeeded in getting rid of that implosive feeling of claustrophobia which pressed on her whenever she was called upon to play the crowds.
“Almost at the end of her life she told: ‘I still feel really insecure about going out and meeting people I don’t know.
“‘After all these years I’ve never really got over it’.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK