It is said that all the adulation and acknowledgment you get only means something when the one person you care about, admires you, otherwise, any amount of admiration does not seem to suffice. This was probably why Princess Diana seemed to be sad even though she had a massive fan following.
From the day she was revealed to the world as the Princess of Wales, media all over the world seemed to be instantly besotted by her beauty, charm, politeness, and later, her kindness and individuality. But what did Diana want? All through her life, she wanted the undivided attention and love of her husband, Prince Charles. But that couldn’t happen in a way that she had expected. Therefore, all the outward attention started haunting her soon.
The couple got married in 1981 but Prince Charles was very much still in love with Camilla Parker Bowles even after he married Diana, reports History Extra. Therefore, the royal marriage that was perceived to be a fairytale was not what it looked like. It was tumultuous and rife with conflicts that only kept growing by the day.
Diana’s biographer Andrew Morton has spoken about her and Charles’ difference, at length. “Here is Prince Charles telling Diana that he’s going to give a bracelet to his old lover just before the wedding,” said Morton. “Just a few days before the wedding. And then keeps pictures of Camilla in his diary on their honeymoon. What woman is not going to be incensed by this crass and insensitive behavior? Diana was very suspicious of Charles’ relationship with Camilla right from the get-go. And who could blame her?” Fox News quoted.
According to History Extra, after William and Harry were born, the cracks in their relationship started getting noticed by outsiders. Prince Charles confided about his failing marriage to his friends and one of them was Camilla Parker Bowles.
In fact, in her famously explosive interview with Martin Bashir for BBC, Diana admitted to having marital problems enabled by Charles and Camilla’s relationship. When the mother-of-two was asked, “Do you think Mrs. Parker-Bowles was a factor in the breakdown of your marriage?”, she responded saying, “Well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.”
Before long, their marriage had broken beyond repair and they separated before getting divorced in 1996. However, they still had affection for each other, not in way that would press them to get back together but as friends, and better friends this time.
In fact, Express quoted Princess Diana’s friend, Simone Simmons saying, “After the divorce Charles got a very good friend in Diana because she understood him. Nobody is happy if their other half has affairs, but she loved Charles with all her heart.”
Diana’s personal chef Darren McGrady also narrated an incident that proved the couple were getting back to being cordial. He said, “Charles would fly up from Highgrove and land on the field behind Kensington Palace. One time he landed he had six motorcycle outriders and his back-up car, but got caught short and needed the bathroom.”
“He rang the princess and she said, ‘Fine, come in.’ The police got off their bikes and waited and the princess let him in. When he came out and was about to get in the car, she shouted, ‘Same time next week Charles!’ and winked at him. The police put on their helmets quickly and Charles went bright red. You could see they still had affection for each other,” continued the Chef.
But just when the couple would have hoped for a different and better relationship, Diana’s tragic accident changed everything. Millions of fans of the People’s Princess, and her two sons were heartbroken, but there was one person who suddenly realized what she meant to him; it was the Prince of Wales.
“Charles only realized he loved her after she died. I don’t think he realized how much he loved Diana until she was gone. She was the first person who showed him, real love,” Express quoted Simmons.
After a controversial and rough journey, Prince Charles did get married to the woman he loved, Camilla, but if these reports are to go by, he will probably never forget what Diana had made him feel.