The Shocking Moment Prince Charles Told Princess Diana He Expected to Have a Mistress

When Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer, it seemed as if the United Kingdom had the perfect future king and queen to celebrate. Diana was not only beautiful, but she was loved by millions of people around the entire world. They loved her charming personality, her generosity, and her loving heart.

Many would assume that anyone would be absolutely honored to be married to a woman like Diana. However, as royal fans are well aware, she and Charles had an extremely rocky relationship. Their marriage was plagued by lies, hurt feelings, and infidelity, and ultimately ended in divorce shortly before Diana’s tragic death.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana
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There was so much trouble in the marriage in fact, that Prince Charles told Diana that he should have a mistress, and for a shocking reason.

How did Charles and Diana meet?

Diana was only 16 years old when she met her future husband. Many royal fans may not know that Charles was actually dating her sister, Lady Sarah Spencer, at the time. As a result of that relationship, Diana was introduced to the prince.

As a future king, Charles was under immense pressure to find a wife. So much so, that several members of the royal family were giving him suggestions regarding potential spouses. His grandmother the Queen Mother, introduced him to Sarah, who just so happened to be the granddaughter of one of her ladies-in-waiting.

An engagement soon followed

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About Diana: "[Swipe] The Queen loaned The Cambridge Lover's Knot tiara to Diana for her wedding, but she did not wear it. Instead, she wore the Spencer tiara, which was a wedding present given to her grandmother, Cynthia Spencer, in 1919. Diana reported that the Cambridge Lover's Knot tiara give her headaches as it is very heavy. I am not surprised the tiara was prone to give headaches! It's large and made from 95 percent pure platinum. The pearls are large, and together with the array of varying sizes of diamonds, would add to a hefty weight. However, Diana did love the tiara and it was one of her favourites. The tiara was made by Garrards in 1914 for Queen Mary [The Queen's grandmother] who designed it and left it in her will to The Queen. It went back into The Queen's collection after Diana died in 1997." Deborah Papas, a royal gemologist ■ قالوا عن ديانا: "[اسحب الصور] أعارت الملكة تاج كامبريدج الماسي الشهير بمسمى 'عقدة العاشق' إلى ديانا حتى ترتديه في يوم الزفاف، ولكنها لم تفعل ذلك. وإنما استبدلته بتاج آل سبنسر الماسي الذي ارتدته جدتها، الليدي سينثيا سبنسر، في عام 1919 بعدما قدم لها كهدية بمناسبة زفافها. وقد ذكرت ديانا بأن تاج كامبريدج الماسي يسبب لها الصداع بسبب ثقله. وأنا لست متفاجئة من هذا العذر، فحجم التاج كبير نسبيا ومصنوع من معدن البلاتين الخالص بنسبة 95 بالمئة. كما أن حجم الﻷليء كبير، وأحجار اﻷلماس المرصعة فيه مكونة من أحجام مختلفة أيضا، اﻷمر الذي يضيف لثقل وزنه. وعلى الرغم من ذلك، كانت ديانا تحب ارتداء هذا التاج الذي أصبح واحدا من قطع المجوهرات المفضلة لديها. وقد صنع التاج في متجر جيرارد الشهير للمجوهرات في عام 1914، بطلب خاص من الملكة ماري [جدة الملكة إليزابيث الثانية] التي أشرفت شخصيا على تصميمه وتركته بحسب وصيتها لحفيدتها الملكة. وقد أعيد إلى خزينة المجوهرات الملكية الخاصة بالملكة بعد وفاة ديانا في عام 1997." ديبورا باباس، خبيرة في المجوهرات الملكية ■ #princessdianaforever #humanitarian #princessofwales #princessdiana #gb #hertruestory #kensingtonpalace #uk #thebritishroyalfamily #theroyalfamily #thebritishmonarchy #queenofhearts #instagood #instaroyal #instalike #di #fashionicon #peoplesprincess #style #glamorous #icon #foreveryoung #uk #الأميرة_ديانا #أميرة_ويلز #أميرة_القلوب #الأميرة_ديانا_لﻷبد #بريطانيا #لندن #قصتها_الحقيقية #أميرة_الشعب

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Many couples tend to date for a significant amount of time before they make the decision to get married. As we all know, Prince William and Kate Middleton were together for seven years before he finally asked her to be his wife.

Although some people say that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had a “whirlwind” courtship, the couple actually dated for almost two years before their engagement was announced. William and Harry’s parents, however, were only together for a short time before becoming engaged. They actually only went out on 12 dates.

Were Charles and Diana in love?

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In her own words: "[In a letter to her nanny Mary Clarke] I do get annoyed at not being able to do my washing and general ironing. I know sister Sarah would adore that situation. I might even have to learn to ride a horse as it is the only time I will ever see my husband on his own. I adore being married and having someone to devote my time to. After all this fuss [of the wedding], I am sure we will live happily ever after." ■ من أقوال اﻷميرة: "[في رسالة خطية إلى مربيتها ماري كلارك] أشعر بالانزعاج لعدم استطاعتي القيام بغسيل وكي ملابسي بنفسي بشكل عام. أعرف بأن أختي سارة ستعجب جدا بهذا الوضع. وأعتقد بأنه يجب علي تعلم ركوب الخيل ﻷنه الوقت الوحيد الذي سأتمكن فيه من رؤية زوجي بمفرده. أعشق وضعي كمتزوجة ووجود شخص أخصص كل وقتي من أجله. بعد كل ذلك الهرج والمرج [تقصد التحضير للزفاف الملكي]، أنا متأكدة من أننا سنعيش سعداء إلى اﻷبد." ■ #princessdianaforever #humanitarian #princessofwales #princessdiana #gb #hertruestory #kensingtonpalace #uk #thebritishroyalfamily #theroyalfamily #thebritishmonarchy #queenofhearts #instagood #instaroyal #instalike #di #fashionicon #peoplesprincess #style #glamorous #icon #foreveryoung #uk #الأميرة_ديانا #أميرة_ويلز #أميرة_القلوب #الأميرة_ديانا_لﻷبد #بريطانيا #لندن #قصتها_الحقيقية #أميرة_الشعب

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It doesn’t seem like 12 dates is really enough time to really get to know someone, let alone fall completely in love. In fact, when Charles and Diana had their engagement interview, they were asked if they truly loved each other. Charles avoided answering the question directly, implying that he didn’t actually know what it means to be “in love”. Diana simply looked down and to the side, quietly saying the words “of course, yes”.

Charles and Camilla’s relationship

It was well-known, even to Diana, that Charles had a mistress, Camilla Parker-Bowles, who he is currently married to. The couple first met in 1970, long before Charles was ever introduced to Diana.

They didn’t begin their affair until 1984, with Diana confronting Camilla at a party about the relationship with her husband two years later, saying “I know what is going on between you and Charles”. At one point, the dialogue of a very private phone call between Charles and Camilla was released. Not surprisingly, Charles and Diana divorced in 1996, and he and Camilla wed in 2005.

Why did Charles tell Diana that he should have a mistress?

As it turns out, Charles thought that he absolutely should have a mistress, telling Diana that she should actually expect it. During an argument, the future king allegedly asked the princess if she would expect him to “be the first Prince of Wales not to have a mistress?”

There is no doubt that Diana was deeply hurt by what Charles said to her. Just like so many fans, we will always miss Princess Diana. The positive impact that she left on the world will never be forgotten.