Here’s the Real Reason Prince Charles Was Jealous of Princess Diana

There’s not just one reason Princess Diana’s marriage to Prince Charles was considered tumultuous. From extramarital affairs to never really appearing to be in love, their 1996 divorced was sad, but not a surprise. However, there was another factor that went into the breakdown of their relationship: Charles’ jealousy of Diana.

But what was it that led Charles to feel so jealous of his own wife? Here’s everything we know.

Charles felt overshadowed by Diana’s popularity

Princess Diana and Prince Charles

Princess Diana and Prince Charles | Fox Photos/ Hulton Archive/ Getty Images

Decades after Princess Diana’s untimely death, she’s still remembered as the beloved People’s Princess. Charles, on the other hand, wasn’t exactly as impressionable as Diana. From the minute they walked down the aisle on July 29, 1981, Charles felt overshadowed by Diana’s immediate connection with fans of the royal family.

According to Lady Elizabeth Anson, Queen Elizabeth II’s cousin, Charles had a moment of revelation during one of their early tours as a couple. “[Diana] sort of metamorphosed into a very, very elegant blonde beauty,” Anson explained. “They did a visit to Wales which was the beginning of, for Prince Charles, realizing, ‘They’ve come out to see my wife, they haven’t come out to see me.’”

Why did fans love Diana so much?

Princess Diana

Princess Diana | TORSTEN BLACKWOOD/AFP/Getty Images

There’s a reason fans adored Diana as much as they did. She broke barriers as a royal, often straying from protocol where she saw fit. Fans loved how relatable and honest she was, from picking her own engagement ring from a catalog to wearing her now famous “revenge dress” after Charles’ affair with Camilla Parker Bowles went public.

She truly took the time to connect with the public, including breaking the rules by bending down to speak with children on the same level (a practice the Duchess of Cambridge would eventually adopt). Diana knew no boundaries when raising awareness for others, taking her charity work further than most royals ever had.

In a move that shocked the world, she shook the hand of an HIV positive patient in 1987. She stated, “HIV does not make people dangerous to know, so you can shake their hands and give them a hug: Heaven knows they need it.”

Charles also became jealous of Prince William and Kate Middleton

Prince William and Kate Middleton

Prince William and Kate Middleton | Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images

It wasn’t just Diana’s connection with the public that made Charles jealous. Years after Diana’s death, he re-focused his jealousy on other royal family members. That included his own son, Prince William, and his wife, Kate Middleton.

According to Robert Higdon, the chief executive of Charles’ American charity foundation, “Charles saw Kate and William as the new stars and feared he’d be in trouble.”

In an unauthorized biography on the Prince of Wales, titled Rebel Prince: The Power, Passion and Defiance of Prince Charles, we learned his troubles with his son and daughter-in-law didn’t end there. Author Tom Bower claimed Charles felt William and Middleton were isolating him from their children, Prince George and Prince Charles (prior to Prince Louis’ birth).

His feelings were reportedly hurt when the family of four opted to spend Christmas with the Middletons instead of the royal family so they could “preserve their privacy.” We’re sure William and Middleton didn’t make the move to hurt Charles, so we’re hopeful that he’s been able to move past his jealous ways.