PRINCESS Diana and Prince Charles’s London home in Kensington Palace was “dark and viewless” and contributed to “certain tensions” between the couple, staff at the royal palace claimed.
The house shared by the Prince and Princess of Wales after their marriage was so “small” and “uncomfortable” it may have helped stir tensions in the household, according to a member of the staff who worked there at the time. Royal author Sarah Bradford reported in her book ‘Diana’ the shocking claim, adding the so-called ‘KP’, how Kensington Palace is also known, “was less a home than a prison” for the Princess of Wales. In the book, one member of the staff said: “It was a small apartment, it needed to be bigger really.
“They had a sitting room and a study each, then a drawing room, then a dining room and that was it really, as far as reception rooms went.
“Not a lot of corridor space, so it wasn’t very comfortable.
“They needed a second reception room downstairs so that upstairs would be private, but the way it was it was all in together.
“They were far too important to be in such a small apartment.
“I think the apartment contributed to certain tensions, they were on top of another as regards what they were supposed to be doing.”
This feeling of oppression and smallness was confirmed also by Patrick Jephson, Princess Diana private secretary from 1988 to 1996, who was “surprised to find the apartment smaller and gloomier than he had expected”, according to Ms Bradford.
The author said in her book there was “virtually no privacy” in Kensington Palace, with Mr Jephson adding: “Everybody could hear everybody else.
“If you needed to get away from someone there was just not enough space.”
Princess Diana and Prince Charles lived together at apartments 8 and 9 in Kensington Palace between 1981 and 1996, when they divorced.
The Princess of Wales remained in the house where the couple brought up their sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, until her sudden death in 1997.
Her neighbour at number 10 was Princess Margaret, who reportedly never forgave Diana for revealing to the world her relationship troubles with Charles in the shocking interview given to BBC Panorama in 1995.
Then, Diana famously said there were “three people” in her marriage, hinting at Charles’s affair with Camilla Parker Bowles.
Today the palace serves two purposes, it is both a museum open to the public and the official residence to some royals, including Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, also live in the grounds of ‘KP’, but they are set to move to Frogmore Cottage, in Windsor, next year.
Kensington Palace issued a statement on November 24 confirming the move, saying: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will move to Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Estate early next year as they prepare for the arrival of their first child.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK