Diana was initially considered a perfect match for the heir to the throne, Prince Charles, as she was from the aristocratic Spencer family and hit it off with the Prince of Wales. However, a few years into the marriage, she began to rebel against royal conventions and expectations, winning the nation’s heart in the process. Her explosive 1995 Panorama interview shocked the country as well the Royal Family when she openly defied the “never complain, never explain” mantra of The Firm.
Diana’s decision to speak out also pushed the Queen to request the couple to finally divorce after three years of separation.
Writing in his 2007 biography ‘Charles: The man who will be King’, Howard Hodgson revealed a key difference between Charles’ childhood and Diana’s which may have led to her willingness to rebel against convention.
Even though both were sent to boarding schools which they thoroughly disliked, their response to the difficult environments varied hugely.
Mr Hodgson explained: “Unlike the Prince of Wales, Diana was also quick to bombard her parents with pleading letters saying how unhappy she was and begging them to take her away without delay.
Charles did not complain to his parents about his school, despite supposedly comparing it to a "prison sentence" (Image: Getty)
Diana as a teenager with a friend -- when she failed her O-levels twice, her parents sent her to fin (Image: Getty)
“The fact that they acquiesced after just one term is in stark contrast to the years of misery suffered by Charles at Gordonstoun and perhaps offers more than a little explanations to why, in her later role, she often lacked the discipline that her husband and his family expected of her.”
The biographer explained how Charles was sent to Gordonstoun, a boarding school in Scotland, far away from his family, where his father Prince Philip hoped he would