Why Princess Diana’s First Months as a Royal Were So Different From Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton’s Newlywed Days
There’s a very short answer as to how Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton’s first days as members of the royal family differed from Princess Diana’s.
They were happy.
It’s common knowledge by now just how tempestuous the relationship was between the mother-in-law they were sadly never destined to meet and William and Harry’s father, Prince Charles. And while Diana and Charles were married for 11 years before they separated, plus another three before the divorce, there were problems with the match long before Lady Diana Spencer joined Charles in holy matrimony at St. Paul’s Cathedral on July 29, 1981.
Which isn’t to say they weren’t in love. It’s just that Charles loved someone else much more.
Diana, who would have been 57 today, was only 16 when she first met the 28-year-old eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philipwhen he visited her family home for a grouse hunt.
“…the first impact was, ‘God what a sad man,'” Diana recalled to author Andrew Morton, according to his 1992 book Diana: Her True Story. Meanwhile, one of her sisters, the future Lady Sarah McCorquodale, was all over the royal, who was (and remains) next in line to the throne.
In 1979 during a visit to the royal family’s home at Balmoral, the prince started to become smitten with the by then 18-year-old Diana, who had grown up with his younger brothers Prince Andrew and Edward among her playmates. It turned out Diana and Charles had a few things in common, including their love of the outdoors, dancing and skiing—plus, as a 1981 article about their marriage in the Daily Times noted, neither was a smoker.
She couldn’t help but laugh when he first proposed, just months into their courtship, to which Charles replied, “‘You do realize that one day you’ll be Queen,”‘ according to Morton. Diana recalled thinking to herself, “You won’t be Queen, but you’ll have a tough role.”
When she told her family she was engaged, her parents were thrilled, she said, and her brother asked, “‘Who to?'”
Diana estimated that they only spent time together on 13 occasions before their wedding day.
“He wasn’t consistent with his courting abilities,” she told her speech coach. “He’d ring me every day for a week, then wouldn’t speak to me for three weeks. Very odd. I thought, ‘Fine. Well, he knows where I am if he wants me.'” But “the thrill, when he used to ring up, was so immense and intense. It would drive the other three girls in my flat crazy.”
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