Princess Diana heartbreak: Charles’s childhood to blame for marriage breakdown says book

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In the new royal biography titled Prince Philip Revealed, author Ingrid Seward claims Diana felt Charles did not receive the necessary love from his parents during his childhood and it had an adverse effect on the intimacy during their turbulent relationship. According to Ms Seward, Diana thought Charles’s emotions had been “suffocated at birth” and things would have been different if he had been living in a “normal” household.

Ms Seward wrote: “Diana reckoned that if Charles had been brought up in the normal fashion, he would have been better able to handle his and her emotions.

“Instead, she said, his feelings seemed to have been suffocated at birth.”

The Royal expert added because of Charles’s upbringing, he “couldn’t be tactile with his own wife”, and Diana believed this caused his alleged “emotional retentiveness”.

The book explains the People’s Princess thought Charles did not receive “hands-on love”, such as hugs and kisses from the Queen or Prince Philip, and the only thing the Prince of Wales “learned about love was shaking hands”.

In another excerpt from the book, Ms Seward said: “According to her, he never had any hands-on love from his parents.

“Only his nannies showed him affection but that, as Diana explained, was not the same as being kissed and cuddled by your parents, which Charles never was.

“When he met his parents, they didn’t embrace: they shook hands.”

The bombshell publication also claims Charles also spent most of his early birthdays without both of his parents there to celebrate.

Ms Seward says Prince Philip had only attended two of Prince Charles’ birthdays by the age of eight as he was often away with the Navy.

During another family celebration, Ms Seward writes the Queen and Prince Philip once left Charles and Princess Anne with family at Sandringham as they spent Christmas away in Malta.

Ms Seward wrote: “Even when judged by the standards of the time, Philip and Elizabeth saw remarkably little of their offspring.”

Charles and Diana got married at St Paul’s Cathedral on July 29, 1981 before their relationship officially ended in divorce in 1996.

The couple separated four years before their divorce, and in 1995 Diana gave a ground-breaking interview where she claimed there was “three of us in this marriage” in a swipe at Camilla Parker Bowles.

Speaking to the BBC, Diana told the story of how she explained the breakdown of her marriage to her son Prince William.

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Diana said: “I went to the school and put it to William, particularly, that if you find someone you love in life you must hang on to it and look after it, and if you were lucky enough to find someone who loved you then one must protect it.

“William asked me what had been going on, and could I answer his questions, which I did.

“He said, was that the reason why our marriage had broken up? And I said, well, there were three of us in this marriage, and the pressure of the media was another factor, so the two together were very difficult.

“But although I still loved Papa I couldn’t live under the same roof as him, and likewise with him.”

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