Princess Diana was—and still is—loved by millions of people all over the world. She was not only seen as Prince Charles’ wife, but also as the people’s princess.
She married into the royal family in 1981, and since her tragic death in 1997, has been remembered as a woman of grace, style, and empathy.
As her own children grow older and start families of their own, the memory of Princess Diana has been at the forefront of many people’s minds, especially when it comes to Catherine Duchess of Cambridge — her son, William’s, wife.
Everything from similar style choices to the way they exude love towards all, especially children, has both brought about a new generation of those who adore Princess Diana and placed the events of her life on somewhat of a pedestal.
But in royal writer Sally Bedell Smith’s new biography “Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life,” people are not only reminded that Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s marriage was troubled, but they’re also let in on just how soon their marriage became troubled.
According to Bedell Smith, their relationship may have been doomed from the very beginning.
Charles began dating Camilla Parker-Bowles in 1971. The two were reportedly passionately in love. Bedell Smith wrote that Charles loved how down-to-earth Camilla was, how great of a listener she was, that she enjoyed the countryside, and her disinterest in fashion.
However, the two parted ways while Charles was overseas with the Royal Navy in 1973.
Although the two reportedly seemed happy on the surface, Patricia Mountbatten — the daughter of the late Lord Mountbatten — told Bedell Smith that the two had “obvious problems.”
The biggest problem? That Camilla had an ex-boyfriend with whom she shared “a history.”
Clearly their history became their future; shortly after Camilla’s split with Charles, she married that ex-boyfriend, Andrew Parker-Bowles, in 1973.
But eventually, according to People, the two started seeing each other again with Camilla’s husband choosing to ignore their affair.
In 1980, Charles started to date Diana. However, when rumors that they had spent a few nights together began to circulate, Charles’ father, Prince Philips, allegedly instructed Charles to either marry Diana or let her go.
Bedell Smith wrote that Charles interpreted that as an “order” to marry Diana:
“[Charles] wasn’t in love, he wasn’t ready. Psychologically he assumed his father bullied him, so he read it as a bullying letter.”
But because of the rushed nature behind the proposal and Charles’ lingering feelings for Camilla, it has now been revealed that Charles wept the night before his wedding. He reportedly felt an immense amount of pressure to marry Diana quickly, but was still completely in love with Camilla.
In addition, the hesitation was very much mutual.
As People noted, Diana cried at a public polo match just before the wedding. In fact, Bedell Smith wrote that Diana wanted to call the whole thing off before it even commenced.
After 15 years and two sons, the two eventually divorced in 1996.
Princess Diana was killed the next year in a terrible car accident in Paris while trying to escape the paparazzi.
Following her death, Prince Charles eventually wed his longtime love, Camilla.
Although Charles and Diana’s troubled past doesn’t come as a surprise to most people, it seems that Prince Charles’ utter despair prior to their wedding is a side not too many people knew…until now.
Source: ijr com
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