Princess Diana and Prince Charles married in their spectacular royal wedding in 1981. Their firstborn Prince William arrived in 1982, followed by his brother Prince Harry in 1984. However, the Prince and Princess of Wales were increasingly unhappy by that point, and Diana “cried herself to sleep” on the night after Harry was born due to her husband’s behaviour.
Channel 5 documentary “The Royal Family at War”, which originally aired in March, heard from experts on Prince Charles’ reaction.
Princess Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell said: “Diana said to me, ‘The night Harry was born, I cried myself to sleep’.”
He explained: “After Harry was born, the Prince of Wales came to the room that night to look at the baby in the cot.
“He commented on ‘Its red hair’.”
The Prince and Princess of Wales (Image: Getty)
Prince Charles and Princess Diana welcomed Prince Harry in 1984 (Image: Getty)
He reported that Diana replied: “But Charles, that’s the Spencer gene.”
Mr Burrell claims that Charles went on: “Well, at least I’ve got my heir and spare – and now I’m off out to the theatre.”
Editor of Majesty magazine Ingrid Seward commented : “There was a period, and I suppose it was after William was born, when they were very happy.
“But it just didn’t last for very long.”
Royal author Katie Nicholl added: “By the time Prince Harry was born in 1984, he was born into an unhappy marriage.
“I think Diana very much hoped that he would be the band-aid to keep the marriage together, but it wasn’t to be.”
In Ms Nicholl’s 2010 book “William and Harry”, she also wrote about