Princess Diana described her marriage with Charles as ‘hell from day one’
Published: 01:44 PM, 20 October 2020
Princess Diana and Prince Charles, January 1988; Photo: Terence Donovan/Rex/Shutterstock
Speaking before her bombshell TV interview with Martin Bashir, Princess Diana expressed her ‘hatred’ towards Prince Charles and described their marriage as ‘hell from day one’.
She also thought her husband should ‘stand aside’ to let William succeed the Queen because Charles was not qualified for the job.
Details of the controversial conversation with former Daily Telegraph editor Max Hastings have revealed 25 years later as Max declined to publish them in a bid to ‘keep a lid’ on the royal scandal, reports Daily Mail.
Recently, a new documentary ‘Diana: The Truth Behind the Interview’ was published that includes allegations that Bashir secured his infamous talk with the princess after an ‘elaborate plot’ which saw him show ‘faked bank statements’ to her brother.
The Channel 4 program revealed how the princess poured her heart out to Sir Max three months before the Panorama interview, after driving to meet him in Berkshire. During their meeting, the princess even asked him if he had heard anything about a “conspiracy to put her down”.
Regarding this, Max Hastings said he spent the best part of a couple of hours with Diana and she put on a wonderful show. “It was absolutely gripping stuff.”
“It became clear first of all how much she hated Charles,” said Sir Max, adding that when he asked about her happy times with Charles – she replied: “no, the marriage was hell from day one.”
He added: “She said that all she cared about was William’s succession to the throne and she said to me, quite explicitly, ‘I don’t think Charles can do it’. The outcome she wanted to see was for Charles to stand aside as heir... and for William to occupy the throne. This was pretty dynamic stuff.”
Explaining his decision not to publish the details of their conversation, Sir Max said, “I felt that my job was to try and help them keep a lid on the worst of this, rather than to lift it off.”
“Diana said a lot of stuff on several occasions which I thought for the fairies. She asked me what I knew about a conspiracy to sort of have her put down. I said... it sounded absolutely crazy to me. But she, I think, did believe this sort of stuff and it was one of many, many things that made one feel so desperately sorry for her... this sense of vulnerability,” he added.
However, Charles reportedly refused to admit having an affair with Camilla in a first interview which was never broadcast. But he eventually confessed the matter in a second interview with Jonathan Dimbleby in 1994.
Source: Daily Mail