Princess Diana and Prince Charles are among a handful of infamous couples in the British royal family. They stand among controversial duos like Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, and Princess Anne and her former equerry, Captain Timothy Laurence.
Given their popularity; however, their divorce made headlines and became the point of interest of many royal fans around the globe. After their divorce, Princess Diana reportedly had some words for her former husband.
Why did Princess Diana and Prince Charles get divorced?
When it comes to this royal split, things started rocky — real rocky. Why? In Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life, Sally Bedell Smith dissects Prince Charles life. She mentions that Prince Charles felt his father bullied him into marrying Princess Diana.
Prince Philip wrote Prince Charles a letter. To summarize, he told his son that he was tarnishing Princess Di’s rep by not taking her as a wife. His advice — propose or break up. Since Prince Charles didn’t marry her out of love and was in love with another woman, it’s no surprise their marriage didn’t last.
I don’t see him as a cynical person; he thought he could learn to love Diana as his grandmother and grandfather learned to love each other and had a great marriage. But because of their fundamental incompatibility and the age gap and her emotional turmoil, it was doomed before they walked down the aisle of St Paul’s Cathedral. – Sally Bedell Smith
Prince Charles did think he could learn to love Princess Diana, but he simply couldn’t get over his ex: Camilla Parker Bowles. The two also ended up not being on the same wavelength. Eventually, Princess Diana admitted in an interview that both parties cheated. The queen immediately ordered the couple to divorce even though the former Princess of Wales was willing to try to work things out.
Did Princess Diana date anyone after Prince Charles?