PRINCE WILLIAM was left “deeply upset” by the infamous Panorama interview during which his mother, Princess Diana, opened up about her marriage to the Prince of Wales, a royal biography claims.
The interview, broadcast in 1995, saw Diana sensationally reveal there were “three of us” in her marriage to Charles in reference to his long-term love Camilla Parker Bowles. According to royal author Penny Junor, it was the interview that drove the Queen to demand that the pair get divorced. The couple separated in 1992 but the Queen, who was eager to protect the monarchy and the fate of her grandsons, Prince William and Prince Harry, is said to have intervened.
In the biography “Prince William: Born To Be King: An Intimate Portrait”, Ms Junor claimed the Duke of Cambridge was particularly distressed by his mother’s revelations.
The book says young William watched the programme with disbelief in the study of Andrew Gailey, his house master at Eton College.
Mr Gailey reportedly convinced Diana to explain to her son face-to-face what she was going to say during the interview.
However, the meeting did not last for more than five minutes, and Princess Diana told her son that the interview would “not contain anything controversial” and “would make him proud of her”.
Ms Junor wrote: “Not unnaturally, he was deeply upset.
“By the time William emerged from Dr Gailey’s study, he was angry and incredulous.
“How, he must have asked himself, could his mother have done such a terrible thing?”
Diana’s groundbreaking interview with Martin Bashir was watched by millions of viewers across the country.
In the wide-ranging interview Diana discussed her marriage to Charles, mental health, other men in her life, William, Harry, the media and whether Charles should become King.
When asked if Camilla was behind the marriage breakdown, Diana said: “Well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.”
Diana also described her “deep, profound sadness” after her separation with Charles in 1992.
She added: “Because we had struggled to keep it going, but obviously we’d both run out of steam.”
Following the separation, Diana described herself as a “problem”.
She said: “I was the separated wife of the Prince of Wales, I was a problem, full stop. Never happened before, what do we do with her?”
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