Princess Diana and Prince Charles married in their spectacular 1981 royal wedding. The parents of Prince William and Prince Harry faced a notoriously rocky marriage, however, and separated in 1992 ahead of their acrimonious 1996 divorce. Royal author Penny Junor, in her 2005 book “The Firm” explains how, before their engagement, Diana seemed to love the hunting, shooting, outdoors life that Charles adored, but things quickly soured.
Ms Junior writes: “Imagine his surprise, therefore, when after their engagement she seemed suddenly to hate everything he had thought she loved.
“He was quite at loss to understand the change in Diana, and thought it must be his fault in some way; that the prospect of marrying him was all too ghastly.
“And yet he spoke to no one about his anxieties, and when concerned friends tried to talk to him, he refused to listen.
“Pulling out would have been unimaginable: the humiliation, the hurt, the headlines, the castigation.
The Prince and Princess of Wales (Image: Getty)
Princess Diana pictured in 1980 (Image: Getty)
“But in retrospect, it would have been infinitely less painful and less damaging to everyone involved, including the monarchy, than going through with a wedding that he knew was a mistake.
She continues: “At the very least he should have discussed it.”
A relation of the Prince’s told Ms Junor: “In his position he bloody well should have spoken to people