On this day: A bittersweet moment for Charles and Diana 125



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The year was 1996 and Prince Charles and Princess Diana had been keeping up appearances and attending to their royal duties as best they could despite being separated for four years under the relentless spotlight of the media.

But on August 28, 1996, the couple was formally divorced. In exchange for a generous settlement, and the right to retain her apartments at Kensington Palace and her title of “Princess of Wales,” Diana agreed to relinquish the title of “Her Royal Highness” and any future claims to the British throne.

This article from The Independent – at the time – describes the tension and pressure that gripped the royal family in the four years preceding the official divorce.

In 1993, Diana and Charles were living separate lives, despite attending occasional functions together. By the end of the year, Diana announced her withdrawal from public life and asked to be allowed to live away from the media spotlight. Six months later, Prince Charles admitted he had been unfaithful, The shock had barely worn off before Diana’s affair with James Hewitt was revealed.

No one can deny that the whole situation was a right royal mess, but it took another few years before the couple could bring some closure to their lives.

In 1995, Princess Diana gave the famous television interview in which she vowed she would not “go quietly”.

“That’s the problem. I’ll fight to the end, because I believe that I have a role to fulfil, and I’ve got two children to bring up,” she said.

Palace officials were reportedly angered by Diana’s decision not to inform them about the interview until shortly before it was broadcast. In the aftermath, the Queen wrote to both her son and estranged daughter-in-law urging them to speed up the process and seek a divorce.

Can you imagine how Charles and Diana must have felt on this day 18 years ago? Relief? Grief? Joy?

Do you remember the day Prince Charles and Princess Diana finally parted ways? How did it make you feel? 

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  1. No, I do not remember. Only remember hearing about her death. I am a Pom, but don’t follow royal news.

  2. Was disgusted to hear that Prince Charles had been unfaithful. Dianne was the best thing that had happened to the royal family
    In years. Everyone loved her and her boys.

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    • Charles had a mistress during the marriage. Diana had several affairs during the marriage. As far as breaking up the marriage she was as bad as him.

    • I think he never ended his affair with the current wife prior to marrying Diana so it’s slightly different.

    • Not really, being unfaithful is being unfaithful. He was faithful to Diana in their early years and she to him but as the marriage unravalled, they both were unfaithful to each other/. He went back to his first love Camilla and she had many lovers.

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    • Arranged marriages seldom work out. He loved Camilla but she could not provide the heirs required. Charles sacrificed his happiness and Camilla’s, and caused Diana to be trapped in an unhappy marriage. It was a doomed relationship. The only good thing that came out of it were her sons. The whole thing was so typical of the marriages of the aristocracy. Dynasties, money and power. The husband slept with whomever, and once the heir and a spare were born, the wife did the same. I often wondered if, after the succession was secured, anyone knew who sired half of the children born to the aristocracy..

    • Excuse me. She admitted she had been having an affair as well. Why on earth does everyone put her up on a pedestal. She stood

    • Finally people have some sense. I am sick of all the people who portray Diana has a naive little maiden. She knew what she was doing. She was a glorified babysitter in her working life. She had no credentials for being a kindergarten teacher. She loved the bottomless pockets she had on her clothes. How many people would love to go shopping and not have to pay for anything?

    • Wendy Biden , I agree Wendy, I really don’t understand why people are putting her on a pedestal. She went out to get him and she got him. She was certainly no angel during her marriage. Some people on this site carry on as if they knew her personally, they seems to know all about their marriage. She loved the limelight and played on the press when it suited her.

    • Jan Johannessen You are so wrong there. It’s right it was an arranged marriage. Diana had a crush on him as a 16 year old. The arranged marriage was to be with her older sister who declined. Diana loved the idea of marrying Prince Charles and did love him and accepted the offer. She got cold feet prior to the wedding but did not pull out. They both tried really hard to make it work and Camilla went on with her life. She kept her side of the agreement not to have contact with Prince Charles. Prince Charles and Diana were at their happiest with their two little sons. It was later when the married began to fall apart. He went back to Camilla and Diana had various affairs. Whether they would have got back together again is questionable as they had reconciled long before she made her illfated trip to Paris which ultimately ended her life. Prince Charles was devasted at her death. They never wished each other any harm and of course the boys always came first in both their lives.

    • I read many years ago long before Diana. Charles had many mistress one called last name Wallace daughter of an aristocrat. She and other girl friends ha

    • There was three in the marriage. Just as she said. He was giving gifts to Camilla after the engagement to Diana. Diana had affairs when she found out that he was still in love with and seeing Camilla.

    • I am saddened that people on this site have such vehement anti Diana attitudes such as Wendy Biden. Diana loved Charles and became ill when she found out that he had no feelings for her whatsoever. Diana was a brilliant PR person for the monarchy and a brill mother. She has sadly passed whereas the current wife just doesn’t have either the beauty or the inclination

    • Diana only became unfaithful when she became so unhappy in her marriage, and lost faith in her husband. Do you really think she would have felt compelled to look for love elsewhere, if she was receiving her due at home? And I don’t think for one minute that Charles was ever faithful to Diana, either in thought or deed. She was a Royal Incubator in the eyes of the Royal family, but the naive little girl who walked down the aisle with Charles that fateful day, grew up, found a way of rebelling, and acted accordingly, much to their displeasure. I place the blame squarely on the Queen, who refused Charles his choice of wife in the first place. His rebellion to that decision caused a lot of heartbreak.

    • Diana lovers are only swinging of her breakup to try and justify their own fooling around and breakups.

  3. Yes,sad that a beautiful human being had lost her life so tragically and left behind two young boys that had been brought up to see the poorer side of life in the world and not just what the benefits of being of royal blood gave them as well as losing their beloved mother. 🙁

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    • At least she had time to instill her beliefs in her boys’ hearts, and they are both good people as result of having Diana for a Mum.

  4. I wonder if there are three in his present marriage ? Like there was when Diana was married to him ?

  5. I’m with you Stephen Bradshaw didn’t care then don’t care now! The woman has been dead for years can we move on please?

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