Prince Charles & Princess Diana Divorce: From Their First Meet Up To Diana’s Death!


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Even though princess Diana is no more but her charm and grace is still alive. Today in this article, we are going to share each and every update of Prince Charles & Princess Diana Divorce. 

From their marriage to divorce, every event of their lives has been captured by the media and other sources. The couple were introduced in 1977 by Princess Diana’s sister, Lady Sarah McCorquodale (née Spencer). They again met after three years and began dating.

The couple had 13 years of age gap. Prince Charles was 32 while Diana Spencer was only 19 when the couple got engaged.

Diana was not sure about marrying prince charles, Given to his relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles, Diana told her sisters,“I can’t marry him. I can’t do this, this is absolutely unbelievable.”

The wedding day happened. She said “happiness because the crowds buoyed you up” but she didn’t think she was happy.

She added, “I remember being so in love with my husband I couldn’t take my eyes off him. I just absolutely thought I was the luckiest girl in the world.”

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Charles told her that ”he didn’t love her,” Thornton said in an ITV documentary. On her wedding day, Diana said It was the worst day to her friend and voice coach, Peter Settelen. “If I could write my own script I would have my husband go away with [Camilla Parker Bowles] and never come back,” she said in a recording, released as part of a Channel 4 documentary.

The couple married each other and had two sons tohether; William in 1982 and Prince Harry in 1984.

The Proposal

Prince Charles approached princess Diana during a private dinner at Buckingham Palace in early February 1981.

“I asked Diana before she went to Australia,” he said. “Two or three days before. I thought it would be a good idea, if she went to Australia she could then think about it, and if she didn’t like the idea she could say she didn’t, or if she did, she could say that.”

She ended up saying yes.

The couple told the world about their engagement on Feb. 24, 1981, “It is with the greatest pleasure that the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh announce the betrothal of their beloved son the Prince of Wales to the Lady Diana Spencer, daughter of Earl Spencer and the Honourable Mrs. Shand Kydd,” the formal Statememt read.

When they were asked whether they were in love? Diana replied, “Of course,” and Charles replied, “Whatever in love means”. His answer was indeed the beginning of the problems they faced later on.

Prince Charles & Princess Diana Divorce

The Royal wedding

The couple tied knot on July 29, 1981. They exchanged their vows at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. Diana became the first British woman to marry an heir to the throne in 300 years. Charles and Diana didn’t kiss during the ceremony, but they kissed publicly on the Buckingham Palace balcony.

On november 6, 1981, Prince Charles and Princess Diana announced their first pregnancy. On June 21, 1982 Prince Charles and Princess Diana welcomed their first son. On February 14, 1984, Princess Diana and Prince Charles announced their second pregnancy. On September 15, 1984, Prince Charles and Princess Diana welcomed their second son. 

Extra Marital affairs

Prince Charles made it confirm in his authorized biography, The Prince of Wales, that he began dating Camilla Parker Bowles in 1986.

Ex-army Major James Hewitt also confirmed to have an affair with Princess Diana, which lasted for the next five years. He attempted to sell their private letters for $150,000.

Was Diana Unhappy And Had Suicidal Thoughts?

In 1992, Andrew Morton published Diana, Her True Story. The book expressed how unhappy Diana was in her marriage. She dealt with bulimia and suicide attempts.

The Separation

On December 9, 1992, Prince Charles and Princess Diana separated. Prime Minister John Major announced about Prince Charles and Princess Diana parting ways. On June 29, 1994, Prince Charles confessed that he cheated on princess Diana. ”Yes, Until it became irretrievably broken down, us both having tried.” He said in an interview with ITN.

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On October 1994 Prince Charles’ biography said his marriage to Princess Diana was nothing but loveless. On November 20, 1995, Princess Diana claims to cheating on Prince Charles. When she was asked if she had been “unfaithful,” she replied, “Yes. I was in love with him. But I was very let down”.

Prince Charles & Princess Diana Divorce

The Divorce

Princess Diana agreed to divorce Prince Charles. A representative for the princess presented the statement,“The Princess of Wales has agreed to Prince Charles’s request for a divorce. The Princess will continue to be involved in all decisions relating to the children and will remain at Kensington Palace with offices in St. James’s Palace. The Princess of Wales will retain the title and be known as Diana, Princess of Wales.”

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On August 28, 1996, Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s divorce was finalized. As per divorce conditions, The couple shared children’s custody. Diana had lost the title of royalty but would still known as Diana, Princess of Wales. She would receive between $22 million and $27 million, as well as $600,000 per year for her private office.

The Tragic Death

Millions of hearts broke when the tragic and unfortunate news came out. On August 31, 1997, princess Diana dies. On Aug. 31, 1997, Princess Diana died at the age of 36 after she has gone through cardiac arrest from internal injuries she got in a high-speed car crash. On September 6, 1997, Prince Charles attended Princess Diana’s funeral.

He did not show up in military uniforms, rather wore a blue suit which was Diana’s favourite.

“It was Diana’s favorite, blue suit, and she helped him choose it,” royal author Brian Hoey told PEOPLE.