The couple endured one of the world’s most high profile relationships, but allegations of infidelity on both sides plagued the Prince and Princess of Wales’ time together. They married back in 1981, but less than a decade later they announced the end of their relationship. By 1996, a year before Diana tragically died in a Paris car crash, the pair officially divorced.
But while their relationship played out in front of millions across the globe, Diana was left to try and cope with the pressures of marriage and the Royal Family.
Detailing the moment Diana realised “hopes for reconciliation with her husband were over”, author Andrew Morton explained the moment this realisation became a reality.
In his 1992 book ‘Diana: Her True Story’, Mr Morton wrote: “It was time for the Princess to take stock.
“She remembers the occasion well, driving out of the claustrophobia of Kensington Palace with its spy cameras, watchful courtiers and prison walls to her favourite stretch of beach on the Dorset coast.
“As she walked the lonely sands, Diana realised that any hopes she may have harboured of a reconciliation with her husband were over.
“His hostile indifference made thoughts of starting afresh completely unrealistic.
“She had tried to conform to everything he wanted but her efforts at copying the behaviour of the Duchess of York, whom Prince Charles so admired, had been an unmitigated disaster.”
After marrying in the Eighties, Charles and Diana would have two children – Prince William and Harry.
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Despite her unrelenting love for her sons, Diana was in turmoil amid claims Charles had been having an affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, who he would later marry in 2005.
Charles and Diana wed in a traditional Church of England service at St Paul’s Cathedral in 1981.
Reports suggest the union was a “fairytale wedding” and reached a global audience of 750 million people.
Across the Commonwealth events were held to coincide with the special day.
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Ahead of her marriage to Charles, Mr Morton also claimed that Diana’s sisters Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Baroness Jane Fellowes reacted with “envy” and “concern”.
Their divorce was followed by a similar breakdown in marriage by Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York and Prince Andrew.
The Yorks’ wedding was watched by around 500 million people worldwide, sparking media adulation over in the US, with the Duchess’ effect on the Royal Family dubbed ‘Fergie Fever’ by the New York Times.
But, like the Wales’, the divorce was settled in 1996.