PUBLISHED: 15:13, Sat, Oct 17, 2020 | UPDATED: 15:13, Sat, Oct 17, 2020
Diana and Charles were a famously mismatched pair who struggled to get along, even at the beginning of their marriage, an expert has claimed. They wed after dating for just a few months. Initially, Lady Diana Spencer appeared to be the perfect match for Charles. Yet, their wildly different interests meant the fractures in their relationship showed very early on.
Diana resented Balmoral Castle, the royal estate in Scotland, throughout their relationship.
The castle had been in the Firm ever since Prince Albert bought it for Queen Victoria in 1852, and the royals tend to migrate there every summer.
Charles’ love for the vast Scottish property began in his childhood, when he would travel with his family up to Aberdeenshire with his parents.
Writing in his 2007 biography, ‘Charles — The Man Who Will Be King’, Howard Hodgson, explained: “He quickly came to love this intimacy with nature, something a city dweller might find impossible, as Diana later did, to understand as being anything other than solitude and boring loneliness.”
Prince Charles and Princess Diana (Image: PA/Getty)
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Mr Hodgson claimed that it was here that Charles “was most happy”, and like his ancestor Queen Victoria, he found it “almost impossible to tear himself away from that place”.
Unsurprisingly, the Prince of Wales chose to spend his honeymoon in 1981 with Diana in Scotland.
Yet, the Princess of Wales hated it from the very start.
Royal commentator Ingrid Seward recalled in the 2019 documentary, ‘Charles and Di: The Truth about their Marriage’ that she “hated the countryside, hated her family’s passion for horses and dogs, hated the rain that fell mercilessly”.
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Charles then took Diana on their honeymoon to