The Most Painful Pictures of Princess Diana’s with Heartbreaking Details

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King Edward and Wallis Simpson Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
King Edward and Wallis Simpson Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

The Most Painful Pictures of Princess Diana’s with Heartbreaking Details

AS Princess Diana’s marriage to Charles fell apart, the royal couple kept up a public facade that eventually crumbled. Here is a look back pictures and signs that revealed the marriage was doomed.

The very first sign that the royal marriage was doomed came as early as the royal couple’s televised engagement interview in 1981.

Getty Images Prince Charles and Princess Diana on their last official trip together, 1992 Photo (C) GETTY
Getty Images Prince Charles and Princess Diana on their last official trip together, 1992 Photo (C) GETTY

Asked if they were in love, Diana quickly replied: “Of course.” But Charles strangely added: “Whatever ‘in love’ means.”

More than a decade later, in tapes recorded with her voice coach, Diana said: “That threw me completely.

“I thought that a strange question and answer. God, absolutely traumatised me.”

For a while the couple lived the royal fairytale with the wedding of the century and the arrival of the adorable Princes William and Harry.

The Prince and Princess of Wales during a visit to Ottawa in Canada, 1991 Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
The Prince and Princess of Wales during a visit to Ottawa in Canada, 1991 Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

But photographs taken in 1980 – a year before the wedding – show Diana and Camilla Parker-Bowles going to see Prince Charles compete at Ludlow races.

In a Panorama interview in 1995, Diana confirmed that she knew about Camilla’s affair with Prince Charles from the late 1980s onwards.

Asked if Camilla was a factor in the breakdown of the marriage, she said: “Well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.”

Diana said she and Charles had a ‘duty’ to give an appearance of a happily married couple, adding: “We were a very good team in public; albeit what was going on in private.”

The Prince and Princess of Wales watch Indonesian tribal dancers in Yogyakarta Photo (C) AFP, GETTY
The Prince and Princess of Wales watch Indonesian tribal dancers in Yogyakarta Photo (C) AFP, GETTY

Just a few days earlier, Diana was photographed sitting alone in front of there Taj Mahal in Agra, while Charles attended a business meeting in Bangalore.

The poignant photograph at the “monument of love” signalled that Diana and Prince Charles were drifting apart. The royal couple announced their separation nine months later.

At the time Diana intriguingly told that press that the experience had been “very healing”. When asked to explain why, she said: “Work it out for yourself.”

Getty Images The Prince and Princess of Wales are sheltered by umbrellas during a visit to the Pulguska Temple in Korea, 1992 Photo (C) GETTY
Getty Images The Prince and Princess of Wales are sheltered by umbrellas during a visit to the Pulguska Temple in Korea, 1992 Photo (C) GETTY

The couple announced their separation in 1992 and the divorce was finalised in 1996. Diana died in a car crash a year later.

Prince Charles married Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, in 2005 but she did not take the title Princess of Wales out of respect for Diana.

Charles and Diana announce their engagement in 1981 Photo (C) GETTY
Charles and Diana announce their engagement in 1981 Photo (C) GETTY
The Prince and Princess of Wales attend a welcome ceremony in Toronto at the beginning of their Canadian tour, October 1991 Photo (C) GETTY
The Prince and Princess of Wales attend a welcome ceremony in Toronto at the beginning of their Canadian tour, October 1991 Photo (C) GETTY
Princess of Wales in front of the Taj Mahal, 1992 Photo (C) PA
Princess of Wales in front of the Taj Mahal, 1992 Photo (C) PA
Getty Images Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales kiss during a prize giving ceremony at a polo match, 1992 Photo (C) GETTY
Getty Images Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales kiss during a prize giving ceremony at a polo match, 1992 Photo (C) GETTY
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales look sad as they arrive in Seoul for the start of their visit to South Korea, 1992. Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales look sad as they arrive in Seoul for the start of their visit to South Korea, 1992. Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Prince Charles and Diana in Vancouver, Canada, 1986 Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Prince Charles and Diana in Vancouver, Canada, 1986 Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Queen Mother with Prince Charles and Princess Diana, 1986 Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Queen Mother with Prince Charles and Princess Diana, 1986 Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
The Prince and Princess of Wales during a visit to Bamenda in Cameroon, 1990 Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
The Prince and Princess of Wales during a visit to Bamenda in Cameroon, 1990 Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Prince Charles and Princess Diana with Prince William and Prince Harry at home Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Prince Charles and Princess Diana with Prince William and Prince Harry at home Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Charles and Diana pictured in 1992 Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Charles and Diana pictured in 1992 Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Princess Diana v Prince Charles in pictures The couple on February 13, 1992 in Jaipur, India Photo (C) GETTY
Princess Diana v Prince Charles in pictures The couple on February 13, 1992 in Jaipur, India Photo (C) GETTY

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

Tags: Prince Charles, Prince Harry, Prince William, William and Harry, Taj Mahal, Photographed, Public, Announced, Months, Drifting Apart, Separation, Diana and Prince Charles, Camilla Parker Bowles, Royals Upset, Royals Divorce

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