In a recently uncovered interview documented in Reader’s Digest in 2001, royal author Ingrid Seward recalled asking Princess Diana whether the marriage was arranged.
Ms Seward said: “I once asked Diana whether her marriage had been arranged, and she told me with some irritation: ‘It was Charles and I who decided on the marriage.’
Diana continued: “Not the Queen. Us. No one else.”
When Charles and Diana began dating, senior members of the Royal Family seemed keen for Charles to speed up the process.
Diana shut down one reporter over the arranged marriage comments
Diana rejected all notions the marriage was arranged
They initially liked Diana as she was a young and beautiful woman from an aristocratic family with close ties to the Firm.
Prince Phillip reportedly told Charles to either “propose to her or release her.”
In the documentary ‘Diana In Her Own Words’, the Princess of Wales reportedly approached the Queen for marriage advice as she believed Charles was moving too slowly.
Breaking down in tears, Diana asked the Queen what she should do, to which the monarch reportedly replied “I don’t know what you should do, Charles is hopeless.”
The Firm reportedly told Charles to hurry up
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Diana and Charles’ marriage was fraught with emotional turmoil which drove a wedge between the two and ended up forcing the couple to divorce after 15 years.
Prince Charles later admitted that the media played a part in initially forcing the union.
A younger Prince of Wales reportedly told his close friends: “The power and influence of the media driving matters towards an engagement and wedding were unstoppable.
“To have withdrawn, as you can no doubt imagine, would have been cataclysmic.
Charles later admitted the media played a part
“Hence I was permanently between the devil and the deep blue sea.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK