Princess Diana’s Hopes About Marriage to Prince Charles Were ‘Slashed by Day 2’

It’s no secret Princess Diana and Prince Charles were unhappy together. Even though they married in one of the most memorable and expensive royal weddings ever, they weren’t a perfect match.

They often argued and despite entering the marriage with hopes of making it work, Diana later admitted she didn’t have high expectations for the union. Keep reading to learn more about Charles and Diana’s marriage.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana married in 1981

Princess Diana and Prince Charles standing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after their royal wedding
Princess Diana and Prince Charles on their wedding day | Express Newspapers/Getty Images

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July 29, 1981, is the day Charles and Diana exchanged vows. In what quickly became referred to as the “wedding of the century” they spared no expense. The bride walked down the aisle at St. Paul’s Cathedral wearing her now-iconic wedding gown accented with a 25-foot train.

Millions of people around the world tuned in to watch the ceremony live on TV. Decades later, it remains one of the most-watched royal weddings ever. The public later learned both Charles and Diana wanted to call off the wedding.

After the breakdown of her marriage, Diana opened up about her wedding in a series of secret tapes. Used by author Andrew Morton to write Diana’s biography, she described her wedding day as “the worst day of my life.”

Princess Diana’s hopes for marriage ‘slashed by day 2’

Despite Charles being in love with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Diana entered their marriage full of hope. At least a little bit. But just a few days after officially becoming husband and wife, her hope for the union took a major hit. 

Prince Charles and Princess Diana at an Italian naval base
Prince Charles and Princess Diana at an Italian naval base | Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images

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Years later, Diana told Morton her “tremendous hope was slashed by day two,” according to Reader’s Digest. And per Tina Brown’s book, The Diana Chronicles, the mother of two once wrote,” I feel so small, so lonely, so out of my depth.” 

They didn’t have an enjoyable honeymoon

Possibly the terrible honeymoon had to do with Diana losing hope for her marriage so quickly. After her and Charles’ spectacular royal wedding, they embarked on an equally impressive honeymoon.

The newlyweds set sail aboard the Royal Yacht Brittanica for a 14-day excursion through the Mediterranean. They wrapped up their trip with a stay at the royal family’s Balmoral estate in Scotland. 

Diana expected to spend time talking with her new husband on their romantic cruise. Meanwhile, Charles brought along books and painting supplies thinking he’d use the downtime to indulge in some of his hobbies. This led to arguments between the couple.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana on their honeymoon at Balmoral
Prince Charles and Princess Diana on their honeymoon at Balmoral | Serge Lemoine/Getty Images

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To make matters worse, Diana discovered Charles had on cufflinks, a gift from Camilla, featuring intertwined C’s. Not only that but he also had a picture of Camilla in his date planner. 

By the time they arrived at Balmoral, Charles resorted to going off on his own while leaving members of his staff to sit with an upset Diana. 

Prince Charles and Princess Diana split after 15 years of marriage

By the early 1990s, Charles and Diana were letting the facade of their marriage slip. In public, they used to at least pretend to be happy. But by 1991 and 1992 they looked miserable just sitting next to each other.

Thanks to their marriage troubles playing out in the media, it came as not much of a surprise when they announced their separation in late 1992. In August 1996 they made their split official when they divorced. 

The following year, on August 31, 1997, Diana died in a car accident in Paris, France, at the age of 36. Charles went on to marry Camilla in April 2005.

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