Princess Diana was a very exceptional person who touched many people’s hearts with her spontaneous conduct and affection for everyone around her, rich or poor, young or elderly. Her kids, Prince William and Prince Harry, were still very little at the time of her death, and the news of the horrific vehicle accident in which their lovely mother was slain rocked their world.
When Princess Diana and Prince Charles became engaged in 1981, they suddenly became one of the most renowned and powerful couples in the world. Many women wished to be in Diana’s shoes, unaware that the romance and marriage were doomed from the start, and that the future King was to blame.People close to the late Princess, including Diana’s astrologer, Penny Thornton, allege that the issues between Diana and Charles began long before she discovered he was having an affair with Camilla, who subsequently became his wife.
Charles and Diana sat in front of the cameras shortly after they announced their engagement. Charles stated that he was “delighted and frankly amazed” that Diana wanted to live a royal life with him, while the then-soon-to-be princess stated that Charles was “pretty amazing.” But then a question was asked, and Charles’ response horrified Diana. When asked if they were in love, Diana said yes, and Charles said, “Whatever ‘in love’ means.”
“We had this ghastly interview the day we announced our engagement,” Princess Diana recounted, according to Diana: In Her Own Words, her authorized biography. “‘Are you in love?’ said this ridiculous [reporter].” What a difficult question, I thought. So I replied, ‘Yes, of course, we are,’ and Charles turned around and said, ‘Whatever love means.’ That completely surprised me. What a bizarre response, I thought. It was traumatic for me.”
Charles began an affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, his present wife and Queen Consort, while still married to Diana. Camilla and he fell in love before he met Diana, but after he left to serve in the Navy, Camilla became engaged to another man.Diana confronted Camilla after learning of the affair. Then, in 1995, Diana made headlines with the controversial BBC interview.
“There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded,” Diana explained to journalist Martin Bashir before admitting to her own affair. “It was shocking because this was Diana speaking in her own words, and what she was saying was incredibly explosive,” Katie Nicholl, royal scholar and author of The New Royals Queen Elizabeth’s Legacy and the Future of The Crown, told History.
“It was Diana taking control of the narrative in front of the camera for the very first time.”After Queen Elizabeth persuaded her son and daughter-in-law to legally end their relationship, what was labeled “the wedding of the century” ended in a traumatic separation that eventually led to divorce.Diana, who kept the titles Her Royal Highness and Princess of Wells until she announced her divorce in 1992, continued to execute her royal obligations.
However, the divorce was not formalized until 1996, one year before Diana’s death, due to a disagreement over her titles. She wanted to maintain HRH since losing it would require her to observe stringent royal customs around her sons, such as bowing to them. Unfortunately, Diana died in 1997 when she and her partner Dodi Fayed, the son of Egyptian millionaire Mohamed Al-Fayed, her driver Henri Paul,
and her bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones wrecked their Mercedes in Paris’s Pont de I’Alma tunnel while attempting to avoid the paparazzi. Years later, additional letters revealing Diana’s actual anguish as a result of the divorce have surfaced. According to The Mirror, Diana’s 32 letters to her friends Susie and Tarek Kasseem indicate her actual thoughts.
She writes in one of the letters dated April 28, 1996, that she was compelled to cancel a vacation to Italy and apologize to her friends due to her mental state. “I’m having a very difficult time, and the pressure is intense and coming from all directions.” It’s too tough to hold one’s head up at times, and today I’m on my knees, just praying for this divorce to go through since the potential cost is enormous,” Diana wrote.
The late Princess wrote in another letter a week later, “As I don’t have a mobile, it is difficult to discuss personal issues as my lines here are constantly recorded and passed on.” “If I’d known a year ago what I’d be going through with this divorce, I would never have agreed.” It’s needy and unappealing.”Diana also expressed gratitude to the pair for allowing her to spend Christmas with them in 1995, when Harry and William were staying with Charles at Sandringham.
Mimi Connell-Lay of Lay’s Auctioneers described the letters as “truly astounding.” “Susie met Diana at the Royal Brompton Hospital, and it is obvious that they clicked straight away, Diana says as much in one of her letters,” she told the Mirror. “They had a very strong bond, and it’s clear how much Diana valued their friendship, support, and advice during a period of great emotional turmoil for her.
“Connell-Lay continued, “She wrote a lot about what was going on in her life at the time, especially her divorce, and repeatedly referred to not having support from the Royal family.” The letters were eventually auctioned off for $169,663. We are deeply sorry for everything Princess Diana had to endure over her lifetime.