Princess Diana Once Made a Surprising Confession About Her Marriage

Spoiler: Queen Camilla wasn't the main reason behind their split

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As a longtime royal admirer turned royal reporter, I’ve always attributed the end of Princess Diana and then-Prince Charles’s fifteen-year marriage to the affair the future king had with his now-wife, Camilla Parker Bowles. But reportedly, that’s not the main reason why the former Princess of Wales decided to call it quits and file for divorce. 

Earlier this month, Ingrid Seward (who wrote The Queen and Di and Prince Philip Revealed) exclusively sat down with The Sun and revealed the surprising confession “The People’s Princess” made about her marriage before she died in 1997. 

According to Seward, before her untimely death (and over a year after the couple’s divorce was finalized), Princess Diana candidly told her why her marriage to the future King Charles crumbled. “She had this specter of Camilla in her head the whole time,” Seward told the outlet. “She was obsessed. Yet, when I last spoke to her, I brought Camilla up, and she said, ‘Oh, it wasn’t Camilla that ruined our marriage.’”

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The author continued, “[Diana] said, ‘It was the people around my husband.’ I thought to myself ‘It wasn’t Camilla? You’ve been complaining and complaining about her all these years.’” Well, there ya have it.

Seward added, “But she changed tack and said it was the environment in which keeping a royal marriage together, you’ve got to be very strong, and probably far more mature than she was.”

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King Charles and Queen Camilla went on to tie the knot on April 9, 2005, at Windsor Guildhall. In his memoir, Spare, Prince Harry opened up about how he pleaded with his father to not marry Camilla.

“Despite Willy and me urging him not to, Pa was going ahead. We pumped his hand [and] wished him well. No hard feelings,” Harry wrote in the book. “We recognized that he was finally going to be with the woman he loved, the woman he’d always loved.”

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