ROYAL SHOCK: Moment Princess Diana’s marriage to Charles was OVER – years before divorce

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Paul Burrell, a former servant of the British Royal Household and Butler to Diana, said cracks in the marriage were getting “wider and wider” after Harry’s birth, which had provided the royal family “an heir and a spare”, meaning her job was done. In the Channel 4 Documentary ‘Princess Diana’s ‘wicked’ stepmother’, Mr Burrell said: “I could see the cracks in the marriage between Charles and Diana getting wider and wider, Diana confided in me that on the night Harry was born, she cried herself to sleep.

Princess Diana and her stepmother Raine Spencer Image GETTY
Princess Diana and her stepmother Raine Spencer Image GETTY

“She says I knew my marriage was over and the Prince told the Princess that his duty was now done, he had provided the country with an heir and a spare and he could now resume his relationship with Ms Parker Bowles.“

This stunning revelation comes 12 years before the most famous divorce in history was finalised in 1996.

But for some their downfall had been on the cards, and the “perfect marriage” in 1981 was described as “the worst match you could possibly have made”.

Royal biographer Penny Junor said: “She was just bitterly unhappy, she was disappointed in her marriage as was Charles it was a car crash from the very beginning.”

Princess Diana with a very young Prince William and Harry Image GETTY
Princess Diana with a very young Prince William and Harry Image GETTY

The pair separated in November 1992 with Diana claiming in a bombshell BBC interview their was “three of us in the marriage so it was a bit crowded”.

The revealing documentary also gave an detailed insight into another frosty relationship Diana had with her stepmother Raine Spencer, which is believed to have had an impact of her marriage to the heir to the throne.

Ms Junor added: “When Charles and Diana got together it seemed on paper that this was the most perfect match, but Diana’s childhood had been very difficult and the happy jolly-go-lucky venire that she presented to the world was nothing more than a venire.

“Charles was a very complex character and the two of them was about the worst match you could possibly have made.”

Raine Spencer and Diana’s father John Spencer, the 8th Earl Spencer married in 1976 after Diana’s mother Frances Shand Kydd had walked out.

The pair married in a secret wedding which “let down” Diana and ignited their hostile relationship from the outset.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles married in 1984 Image GETTY
Princess Diana and Prince Charles married in 1984 Image GETTY

Royal author Ingrid Seward said the secret marriage “was an appalling idea and I think the children felt completely let down. How could their father not tell them it was great, great mistake and that is really where the real trouble started.

“They did everything they could to make her life miserable. Because they felt she had made their life miserable.”

Her stepmother became known as “Acid Raine” and Diana often sang “Raine, Raine, go away!”

She was also famously snubbed at the wedding of Charles and Diana and was not seated and did not make an appearance on the Buckingham Palace balcony.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles marriage ended in 1996 Image GETTY
Princess Diana and Prince Charles marriage ended in 1996 Image GETTY

Raine Spencer died October 21, 2016 after a short illness at the age of 87.

Watch Princes Diana’s ‘Wicked’ Stepmother on All 4.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK