Royal BOMBSHELL: How Prince Charles considered marrying Catholic bride over Princess Diana

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PRINCE Charles almost ended up marrying Princess Astrid of Luxembourg over Princess Diana in 1981, a documentary has claimed.

Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer in 1981 and the couple became the Prince and Princess of Wales. The late Princess Diana was an instant hit with the public and the press when she was first introduced onto the scene, and went on to be named the “People’s Princess” years later. However, Prince William and Prince Harry’s father almost married another eligible bride.

Princess Astrid of Luxembourg Prince Charles and Princess Diana Image Getty
Princess Astrid of Luxembourg Prince Charles and Princess Diana Image Getty

According to 2016 documentary “Prince William: Royalty In My Family”, Charles was also considering marrying Princess Astrid of Luxembourg.

The narrator explains: “The monarchy reportedly considered Princess Astrid of Luxembourg a a suitable match for Charles, even though she was Catholic.”

However, the tabloid press “pursued Diana as the main romantic interest of Charles”.

Princess Astrid of Luxembourg went on to instead marry Archduke Carl Christian of Austria in 1982, a year after Charles and Diana’s wedding.

Although Diana was seen at the time as the “perfect virgin bride” for Charles, the marriage was unfortunately not the fairytale many hoped it would be.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana Image Getty
Prince Charles and Princess Diana Image Getty

Following years of speculated arguments, disagreements and affairs, Diana and Charles announced their separation in 1992.

The pair remained legally married until 1996, when the divorce was finalised.

A year later, Princess Diana tragically died in a car crash in Paris with her partner at the time, Dodi Fayed.

Charles went on to go public with his romance with Camilla Parker Bowles and eventually married the Duchess of Cornwall in 2005.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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