In her famous bombshell Panorama interview, Princess Diana made a poignant remark about why she may not have wanted to divorce ex-husband Prince Charles 25 years ago
But 25 years ago today, that fairytale was officially brought to an end when their marriage was officially ended with divorce.
It’s been reported Diana never wanted her marriage to end that way and desperately wanted her crumbling relationship with Charles to work.
And in her bombshell 1995 Panorama interview, she made a telling remark that hinted she didn’t want to divorce.
In the interview, she talked about Charles’s extra-marital relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles and famously claimed there was “three of us in this marriage”.
But also in the chat with Martin Bashir, she revealed she did not want to repeat the “pattern” of her parents’ separation.
She said: “I think like any marriage, especially when you’ve had divorced parents like myself, you’d want to try even harder to make it work and you don’t want to fall back into a pattern that you’ve seen happen in your own family.
“I desperately wanted it to work, I desperately loved my husband and I wanted to share everything together. And I thought that we were a very good team.”
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However, the Panorama interview caused huge embarrassment for the royal family after she also said the monarchy was in desperate need of modernisation and called Charles’s camp the “enemy”.
It plunged the royals into crisis as the general public sided with Diana – prompting the Queen to write the letter, which left the princess in no doubt at her annoyance at the interview.
The Queen wrote in the letter: “I have consulted with the Archbishop of Canterbury and with the prime minister and, of course, with Charles, and we have decided that the best course for you is divorce.”
It reportedly left Diana furious as she felt she was being forced to agree to getting a divorce – despite her not wanting one.
It is thought she told her butler Paul Burrell: “That’s rich! They get to decide whether I divorce!”
Days later, Buckingham Palace formally announced the divorce in a statement saying “after considering the present situation the Queen… gave them their view, supported by the Duke of Edinburgh, that an early divorce is desirable”.
That divorce was finalised on August 28, 1996 – and almost a year to the day after Diana died following a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997, alongside her companion Dodi Fayed.