16 Reasons Why Prince Charles' and Diana's Marriage Was A Complete Disaster
16 Reasons Why Prince Charles’ and Diana’s Marriage Was A Complete Disaster

16 Reasons Why Prince Charles’ and Diana’s Marriage Was A Complete Disaster

Trista - January 22, 2019

16 Reasons Why Prince Charles’ and Diana’s Marriage Was A Complete Disaster
Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Tim Graham/Getty Images/Vanity Fair.

8. Prince Charles Thought Diana Was Out To Get Him

There are a few people in England, and other parts of the world, that do not feel Prince Charles will make a good king. Charles’ knowledge of this might have gotten to him during his marriage with Princess Diana. When the Queen of England, Prince Charles, and Princess Diana made arrangements for what would happen when the Queen dies, the plans Diana pushed for caused a red flag in her husband’s head. After he found out about the plan, he started to believe that Diana was out to get him.

During the planning, many people stated that a Regent would need to be in place while Prince William was under the age of 18 if his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, passed away. These plans started to make Prince Charles believe that his brother, Prince Andrew, would become Regent. Charles further thought if this happened his brother would pass him and become King of England. Charles became convinced that Princess Diana worked out these plans after she stated in an interview that Charles would not make a good king.

16 Reasons Why Prince Charles’ and Diana’s Marriage Was A Complete Disaster
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales at home in Kensington Palace with their sons Prince William and Prince Harry. Tim Graham/Getty Images.

7. Neither Prince Charles or Princess Diana Ended Their Divorce

When a person looks at what really went on during the marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, it does not become surprising that their marriage ended in divorce. Instead of divorce, Charles and Diana decided to go their separate ways but stay married. What is surprising is that neither Princess Diana or Prince Charles initiated their divorce. Prince Charles’ mother, Queen Elizabeth was the one who pushed for the Prince and Princess to get divorced because she could see how unhappy the couple was.

When the couple finally got a divorce in 1996, they had spent four years apart. Still, neither Charles or Diana wanted to get a divorce, especially Diana as her parents were divorced and she did not want her children growing up in a broken home. However, one day Diana received a letter from the Queen of England. In the letter, Queen Elizabeth ordered Princess Diana to file for divorce. It was then Diana felt she had to file for divorce and told her butler that the matter was now out of her hands.

16 Reasons Why Prince Charles’ and Diana’s Marriage Was A Complete Disaster
Duchess Camilla Parker Bowles. Express.

6. Charles and Camilla Dated Before He Married Princess Diana

Before he married for the first time in 1981, Prince Charles thought that he was quite the ladies’ man. His mother, Queen Elizabeth, told her son in the 1970s that he had to find a wife soon because they had to start preparing him and his wife to become king and queen of England. However, Charles had no idea who he wanted to marry, so he set about dating several women from commoners to ladies of rank. Other than Princess Diana’s sister, one of these women he dated before marrying Diana was his current wife, Camilla Parker Bowles.

The couple dated in the 1970s and seemed to be in love. Unfortunately, Queen Elizabeth told Charles that he could not marry Camilla because she lacked an aristocratic bloodline, so the couple split. Camilla went on to marry Andrew Bowles, and Prince Charles chose Diana. But this did not mean that Camilla and Charles would never see each other again. In fact, Camilla and Charles not only kept their affair going through their marriages but Camilla was a guest at the Charles and Diana’s wedding. Charles and Camilla finally married in 2005.

16 Reasons Why Prince Charles’ and Diana’s Marriage Was A Complete Disaster
Princess Diana. James Gray/Daily Mail/Shutterstock/RD.

5. Charles Infidelity Contributed To Princess Diana’s Eating Disorder

One of the rockier times in the marriage of Princess Diana and Prince Charles occurred when she became pregnant for the first time. Not only did Princess Diana have to struggle with the emotions and body changes with a pregnancy, but she also found out about the affair between her husband and Camilla Parker Bowles. On top of this, she did not feel that she was good enough for the royal family. No matter what she did or did not do, she continued to feel unaccepted as a member of the family.

Eventually, all the pressure and disheartening situations in her life led Princess Diana to develop bulimia. Over time, Princess Diana became very open about her struggles with bulimia and the reasons she felt contributed to her developing the eating disorder. Of course, these statements were often met with distaste from the royal family because Princess Diana as she blamed them for her bulimia. Fortunately, Princess Diana overcame her bulimia and used workouts to help her healthily deal with her life stresses.

16 Reasons Why Prince Charles’ and Diana’s Marriage Was A Complete Disaster
Princess Diana and her boys, William and Harry. Hello Magazine.

4. During their Divorce, Princess Diana Took Charles For All He Had

By the time the couple divorced in 1996, Princess Diana wanted to seek revenge against Charles in any way possible. One of the most significant moves in which Diana sought revenge on Prince Charles occurred in their divorce when she tried to take everything she could from him. And, for the most part, Princess Diana became successful in her attempts. Not only did the royal family allow Princess Diana to keep the title “Princess of Wales” status, though she had to drop “her royal highness” but Charles had to liquidate everything he owned.

Prince Charles’ financial advisor left his position after the divorce because as he stated, Prince Charles had no personal wealth left. Charles’ financial advisor had to sell everything because while Diana got it all, she did not want the assets and stocks, she wanted cash and cash she received. After the divorce, Diana received £17.5 million. On top of this, she received an allowance and allowed to live in Kensington Palace. In the end, Princess Diana still loathed the fact she lost “her royal highness” status because now she had to bow down to the royal family.

16 Reasons Why Prince Charles’ and Diana’s Marriage Was A Complete Disaster
Princess Diana in her little black revenge dress. Pinterest.

3. Princess Diana Sought Revenge In A Little Black Dress

Today women often are seen in revenge dresses after a breakup with their significant other. After her divorce, Princess Diana was no different. In fact, many people feel that the little black dress Princess Diana wore after her divorce was the best revenge dress of the modern age. The designer of Diana’s little black dress was Christina Stambolian. The dress was not only black but made of silk and considered to be a bit daring for a woman of her status and previous royal status during that time.

However, Princess Diana wore the dress in style and definitely made heads turn. Princess Diana wore her revenge dress to an event on the same night that a tell-all documentary about Prince Charles. Many people believe that Princess Diana purposely wore the dress that day because of the documentary. In this documentary, Prince Charles admitted to his infidelities during his marriage to Princess Diana. Prince Charles stated that while he tried to remain faithful, there came the point where he felt continuing to try was pointless.

16 Reasons Why Prince Charles’ and Diana’s Marriage Was A Complete Disaster
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales leave St. Paul’s Cathedral following their wedding July 29, 1981 in London, England. Anwar Hussein/Getty Images/The Knot News.

2. Despite Everything, Prince Charles And Princess Diana’s Wedding Considered The Most Memorable

Since Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s marriage in July of 1981, both their boys, Prince William and Prince Harry have gotten married. Prince Charles also remarried in 2005. However, the wedding between Prince Charles and Princess Diana is still considered the most memorable wedding among the royal family. Elizabeth and David Emanuel designed the iconic wedding dress, however, at the time, they wrote her name down wrong, the couple did not realize she was Princess Diana. The couple also did not know the wedding dress would become so iconic.

The couple kept all the secrets to Princess Diana’s wedding dress a secret. They were told not to reveal anything, and they never did, until after the fact. Later, the couple admitted that not only was Diana physically beautiful but also very easy to work with. They stated that Diana made the whole creation of the dress process fun for them and they enjoyed working with her. On top of this, they confirmed that Princess Diana had lost weight just weeks before her wedding day, going from a waistline of about 26 inches down to 23 inches.

16 Reasons Why Prince Charles’ and Diana’s Marriage Was A Complete Disaster
Prince Charles and his mother, Queen Elizabeth. Sky News.

1. Prince Charles Was Heartbroken When Princess Diana Died, But The Queen Was Not

On August 31, 1997, the world became shocked and saddened to hear that Diana, Princess of Wales, died. She died in a car crash which occurred in Paris, France. Princess Diana, along with her driver and bodyguards were in a speeding vehicle as they tried to escape the paparazzi. Unfortunately, the driver lost control in an underpass, and the crash killed Princess Diana. While the world mourned the deal of Princess Diana, no one was more heartbroken than her two boys, William and Harry, and surprisingly to many, Prince Charles.

While Prince Charles did what he could to be strong for his two boys, he became distraught and sometimes inconsolable when the boys were not in his presence. To top it off, Prince Charles felt he did not get the support he needed from his family, especially his mother, Queen Elizabeth, who did not seem so heartbroken by the death of Princess Diana. Many people believe that this situation is what helped drive a wedge between Prince Charles and his parents.


Where did we get this stuff? Here are our sources:

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“16 things you probably didn’t know about Princess Diana” Erin McDowell. Insider. Nov 17, 2020.

“Princess Diana’s sister dated Prince Charles before she did – and it didn’t end well.” Zoe Forsey, Mirror. August 2018.

“Prince Charles And Princess Diana’s ‘Fairytale Romance’ Was Actually More Like A Nightmare.” Veronica Walsingham, Ranker.

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