PUBLISHED: 13:23, Wed, Oct 9, 2019 | UPDATED: 13:24, Wed, Oct 9, 2019
Prince Charles and Princess Diana announced their separation after 12 years of marriage in 1992 but both remained active players in their sons' lives. The Princess of Wales was repeatedly spotted having fun together with Prince William and Prince Harry on holiday or days out at amusement parks. But one picture of the two princes and their friends spending time with her former husband sparked a "displeased" reaction from Diana, according to former newspaper editor Eve Pollard.
Speaking to Yahoo's The Royal Box, Ms Pollard said: "This is years and years later and by now she was I think certainly separated, maybe divorced, from Prince Charles.
"There was a lovely picture of him taking William and Harry skiing I think and they were accompanied by two other boys and in this picture, I think Prince Charles pretended to strangle one of the boys.
"We wrote a piece saying ‘he obviously knows his sons’ friends well’, which means he obviously spends quite a bit of time with them, otherwise you wouldn’t pretend to strangle a nine... 10... 11-year-old, and I think she wasn’t very pleased with that."
Ms Pollard claimed Princess Diana was unhappy with the picture as the snap had come at a time when she felt hurt and believed to be the parent with a closer relationship with William and Harry.
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Princess Diana was not pleased with the picture, Pollard claimed (Image: GETTY)
Prince Charles was photographed having fun with his sons and their firends (Image: GETTY)
She continued: "She was the earth mother to these boys - you know, all those pictures of them at Alton towers and all those pictures of them on holidays, on Necker, all sorts of places.
"And this was at the stage where I think she was still feeling very hurt and aggressive towards (Charles).
"You know, there are stages in life and that happened then.”
The relationship between the Prince and Princess of Wales became so tense in the last years of their