Rare Letters of Prince Charles Reveal How He Really Felt About Divorcing Diana
It was the wedding that halted the entire world in their tracks.
In 1981 Diana Spencer became the people’s princess when she married the Prince of Wales, Charles.
Sadly, their tale was not one as old as time and their fairytale ended in divorce years later in 1996.
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Now, letters from that trialing time have been uncovered detailing Queen Elizabeth’s son’s struggle during that time.
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In a surprise move, Prince Charles turned to former U.S. First Lady Nancy Reagan.
The pair were dear friends for over 40 years, often writing each other until her passing in 2016.
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British publication The Mail on Sunday shared an excerpt from one of his letters.
Prince William’s father penned the note on June 21, 1992, just days after Andrew Morton’s book Diana: Her True Story, was released.
Calling her “My Dear Nancy,” Charles penned, “No one can really understand what it all means until it happens to you, which is why it all keeps getting worse and worse.”
“One day I will tell you the whole story. It is a kind of Greek tragedy and would certainly make a very good play!”
“[It is] so awful that very few people who haven’t been witnesses would believe it,” he wrote.
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In another letter, which Prince Charles sent before his 10th wedding anniversary, he confided, “There are a whole series of ghastly books coming out. You can imagine what they will contain.”
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Charles also turned to the President’s wife following the passing of the Queen Mother back in 2002.
“I fear it has not been very easy to cope of late,” he admitted. “I have dreaded her eventual departure and now she leaves an enormous chasm in my life.”
“However, she also leaves behind the most wonderful legacy of unbelievably happy memories… Oh, how we shall all miss her and everything she stood for…”
The letters, which were a part of Mrs Reagan’s private collection, have been released to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library.
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See rare photos from Princess Diana’s wedding to Prince Charles that will make you feel like you were there below.
Diana Holding Clementine
The little girl in Diana's arms is Clementine Hambro, the youngest member of the bridal party. Clem was the princess's favorite student at the kindergarten where she worked as a teaching assistant.
Dianas Bridal Party
The best men were Charles's brothers, Edward (behind Charles) and Andrew (to Diana's right). Both were single at the time.
Diana Petting Pageboy
The bridal party included two godsons of Prince Charles. Here's Diana patting the youngest, then 8-year-old Edward van Cutsem. He's now a close friend to her sons, William and Harry.
Diana In Throne Room
Here is a behind-the-scenes shot of Diana and Charles in the throne room at Buckingham Palace.
Diana From Behind On Balcony
Another shot-from-behind look at the royal couple. This time they're on the balcony gazing at the crowds in front of the palace.
The ceremony was a typical Church of England affair, with one exception: Diana didn't promise to "obey," which caused quite a stir at the time.
The couple got many, many gifts. This is just part of the loot, given by foreign dignitaries.
And here's the cake--or at least one of them. There were 27 in total!
Diana Holding Clementine Wide
Here's another view of the royal family on their way to the reception. Breakfast was served to 120 guests.
Diana's dress cost about $45,000 (in today's dollars). The tiara she wore was a Spencer family heirloom and gave her a headache, her brother later told a British newspaper.
Princess Diana Wedding
One of the many formal portraits of the newlyweds. Here you can see Diana's 25-foot train in all its glory.
After the ceremony, the couple signed their names to the royal marriage license.