Why Princess Diana Knew She Would Never Be Queen

From the very beginning of her courtship with Prince Charles, Princess Diana knew she would never be Queen. She didn’t know how she knew but it was just something that was ingrained in her soul. She was, however, in love with Charles in the early days and did her best to make the marriage work in any she could. She tried to be the doting mother and wife she was expected to be, while at the same time always knowing in her mind that it couldn’t possibly last.

Princess Diana revealed that she would never become Queen

Princess Diana
Diana, Princess of Wales | Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

Princess Diana took part in taped conversations with Dr. James Colthurst for her famous biography. Andrew Morton wrote Diana: Her True Story – In Her Own Words, an expertly crafted work that was created with the Princess herself as the secret source. In the 25th anniversary edition, Morton included some of Diana’s conversations about her life.

In the tapes, it’s revealed that Princess Diana always knew she would never be the next Queen. “From day one, I always knew I would never be the next Queen. No one said that to me – I just knew it,” Diana said.

Diana’s astrologer confirmed what she always thought

Princess Diana and Prince Charles
Diana, Princess of Wales With Prince Charles | Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

Princess Diana’s suspicions were seemingly confirmed when her astrologer Penny Thornton told her she would one day get out of the marriage. “One day you will be allowed out but you will be allowed out as opposed to divorcing or something like that,” Diana revealed. “It always sat in my mind; she told me that in 1984, so I’ve known for some time.”

Her husband’s infamous affair still shook her to the core

Prince Charles and Princess Diana
Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales | David Levenson/Getty Images

Princess Diana continued on even though she knew something wasn’t right. She was still surprised though when she finally understood the depth of Prince Charles’ affair with Camilla Parker Bowles. She had always known their relationship was strange, and she suspected their affair even before she married Charles. Her marriage was doomed from the very beginning and never really had a chance. Prince Charles had already met Camilla, who captured his heart and was always by his side. Over the years the evidence made it impossible to deny the affair between Charles and Camilla. They would go on to marry years later in 2005.

Princess Diana struggled to find happiness in her life

Princess Diana
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Princess Diana struggled to find some semblance of happiness in a restricting world. She was front and center constantly in the media and quickly eclipsed her husband in fame, something he resented. All the while she knew it wasn’t going to last.

She decided to talk back to the public in her biography and in 1995, she took part in the BBC’s Panorama Interview with Martin Bashir. She made the now infamous statement about her marriage involving three people, and not the usual two. “There were three of us in this marriage, and the pressure of the media was another factor, so the two together were very difficult,” Diana said.

Princess Diana didn’t want a divorce

Prince Charles and Princess Diana
Prince Charles and Princess Diana | Anwar Hussein/WireImage

Even though her husband was having an affair and things were clearly not working between them, Princess Diana still didn’t want a divorce. She came from a divorced household and didn’t want to put her children through the same thing. Eventually, she conceded and the divorce was finalized in 1996. From then on, Princess Diana had clearly confirmed her fate that she would never be Queen.