Prince Charles and Diana: Royal insider discusses their marriage
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Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer announced their engagement in 1981, after just 6 months of dating which mostly occurred over the phone. The couple married within six months of their engagement in a famously lavish royal wedding in St. Pauls Cathedral. Speaking to hosts Christina Garibaldi and Molly Mulshine on Royally US podcast, royal author Elizabeth Holmes discussed the proposal, suggesting the Prince of Wales faced serious pressure to secure a wife.
Ms Holmes said: “I do think that he was clearly pressured to propose.
“You kind of get that sense because their courtship was so quick and she ticks all the boxes.
“The pressure was definitely on him.
“Charles was very much almost seen as a business transaction, you had to keep the Firm going here.
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“Diana just checked so many boxes and slotted right in. She was clearly very eager and willing and wanting to please.”
She added: “I think about Diana in that position, a prince is proposing, that’s what teenage girl dreams are made of.”
Ms Mulshine then asked: “In the couple’s engagement interview when Charles said ‘whatever love means’, what do you think was going through Diana’s mind?”
Ms Holmes said: “That’s a really hard thing to hear, I can’t imagine what it’s like.”
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Charles’ comment cast doubts in the public’s mind, but also in Diana’s mind, as she admitted years later.
In Diana: In Her Own Words, she recalled the interview. She said: “And this ridiculous [reporter] said, ‘Are you in love?’ I thought, what a thick question. So I said, ‘Yes, of course, we are,’ and Charles turned around and said, ‘Whatever love means.’
“And that threw me completely. I thought, what a strange answer. It traumatized me.”
Prince Philip was reported to have played a pivotal role in securing Charles’ match with Diana.
Author Ingrid Seward wrote in her book ‘Prince Philip revealed: A Man of His Century’: “He told some of his friends that he felt pressurized into marrying Diana because Philip said, ‘You’ve either got to marry her or let her go.
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“‘You can’t string a … young girl [along]. She’s only 19. You can’t string her along’.”
The couple went on to have two children, Prince William and Prince Harry, but as time went on it became obvious that the marriage wouldn’t last the test of time.
Charles began an affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles, his ex-girlfriend, in the 1980s.
Diana later admitted to also having an affair with James Hewitt, a former cavalry officer in the British Army
By 1992, Charles and Diana had separated before they officially divorced in 1996.
In 1997, Diana tragically lost her life from injuries sustained in a car accident.
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