PUBLISHED: 08:19, Fri, Oct 30, 2020 | UPDATED: 09:58, Fri, Oct 30, 2020
Diana and Charles’ 1981 wedding was quickly dubbed a fairytale but within just a few short years the couple had become incredibly unhappy. Both the Prince and Princess of Wales turned to extra-marital affairs to find comfort away from the bitterness of their marriage. However, the public were not aware of how their relationship had deteriorated until Diana and Charles announced their separation in 1992 and officially divorced in 1996.
Netflix’s fictionalised series, ‘The Crown’, is set to release its latest series next month and royal fans are excitedly anticipating a dramatic re-telling of the couple’s failed love story.
Yet, their well-known fallout could have been completely different if they had met under different circumstances.
Editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, Ingrid Seward, explained: “If Charles and Diana met each other after they had both been married to someone else it might have worked.
“Because there was a magic there, really, but it was just she was too young and he was too emotionally young.
“And he had just never met anyone like Diana who was so demanding.
Princess Diana and Prince Charles photographed in 1985 (Image: Getty)
Diana and Charles' 1981 wedding was considered a fairytale event (Image: Getty)
“She was basically so insecure that she needed love and attention all the time and his role prevented him from giving her.”
The Princess of Wales used to struggle with the stiff upper lip mentality which was embedded into the Royal Family, and would go against protocol by pouring her heart out to the public.
But, when Lady Diana Spencer first started dating Charles at the tender age of 19, she was considered the perfect match for him.
His great-uncle Lord Mountbatten had always pushed Charles to choose a blue-blooded virgin who was an Anglican and who would be a “source of inspiration” to her husband.
Diana was indeed a virgin from an aristocratic family which had always been closely aligned with the royals -- and it was clear the two had a bond from the start.
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Diana and Charles on their honeymoon (Image: Getty)