Princess Diana struggled in the Royal Family for years. She was virtually crushed by the system and was forced to conform, which she did, but not before it almost ruined her completely. The marriage between Princess Diana and Prince Charles was far from happy and there is one moment that solidified it all for Diana. She knew after this one situation went down that things were never going to work with Charles because she could no longer love him. Read on to learn more.
Prince Charles wanted Prince Harry to be a girl
Princess Diana did her duty to the crown and produced the long-awaited heir in Prince William. Prince Harry was next to follow, and Diana already knew that Harry was a boy and not the girl that Charles so desperately wanted. When Harry was born, things changed for Diana. Charles’ reaction was not what she intended it to be and she was utterly destroyed by his statements.
The moment that showed Princess Diana that things weren’t going to work out with Prince Charles
“Charles’s reaction finally closed the door on any love Diana may have felt for him. ‘Oh God, it’s a boy,’ he said, ‘and he’s even got red hair,’” Andrew Morton wrote in Princess Diana’s biography about her life. “With these dismissive remarks he left for Kensington Palace. The following day he played polo. From that moment, as Diana told friends: ‘Something inside me died.’ It was a reaction which marked the beginning of the end of their marriage.”
Diana finally started to realize after this defining moment in her life that she couldn’t force things to work with Charles. He was already having an affair with Camilla Parker Bowles and Diana was pretty isolated in the spotlight. She focused on caring for her children, which gave her an immense amount of joy. Even though her marriage was over, Diana continued in her royal duties and was the best mother she could be.
Princess Diana struggled to understand why her marriage failed
Diana was fully aware of her husband’s affair and it wasn’t something she just accepted. She struggled to come to terms with it for years. Her marriage with Prince Charles never stood a chance because he was already in love with Camilla from the start. Somehow, Diana got caught up in it all and it really doesn’t seem fair. Even after delivering Prince William and Prince Harry, it wasn’t enough to save her broken marriage with the Prince of Wales.
Eventually, things soured so badly between the royal couple that they separated and eventually divorced in 1996. Diana was able to enjoy a year of freedom out from under the thumb of the monarchy before she died in a terrible car accident in Paris along with her partner Dodi Al-Fayed on August 31, 1997. Diana will be remembered as a beloved member of the Royal Family taken before her time.
Princess Diana’s marriage to Prince Charles will always be known for its failure and problematic end, even though Prince William and Prince Harry were a product of it.