The Unlikely Person Who Noticed Something Wasn’t Right in Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s Marriage

Looking back now and knowing what we know, just about everyone can agree that there were plenty of signs that Prince Charles and Princess Diana‘s marriage was doomed from the start.

The pair only met a dozen before they got engaged and both expressed doubts about walking down the aisle before it happened. Moreover, their engagement interview was cringeworthy as Charles never said he was in love with his bride-to-be. And perhaps worst of all, just before their big day Diana found a bracelet Charles bought for Camilla Parker Bowles which confirmed he was still seeing her. Even with all those warning signs though, Charles and Diana still said “I do” on July 29, 1981.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana
Prince Charles and Princess Diana | Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

This person realized something wasn’t right

In 1969, Prince Charles needed to deliver a speech in Welsh and was sent to the best tutor to learn the language. The man appointed to teach the royal the language was Dr. Edward “Tedi” Millward, who was an anti-monarchist and nationalist politician. As you can imagine, he wasn’t thrilled to work with the heir apparent at first but the two eventually became quite close.

In December 2019, Dr. Millward spoke about his relationship with Charles over the years.

“We stayed in touch,” Dr. Millward said, adding that the prince would always “ask me for advice if he had to make a speech in Welsh.”

Prince Charles and Princess Diana
Prince Charles and Princess Diana | Terry Fincher/Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images

Charles’ teacher also revealed that he met Princess Diana several times but never thought that they were “a well-oiled pair.”

“I met Diana quite a few times when she came to Wales. They didn’t seem to get on at all,” Dr. Millward admitted.

Of course, the world later learned that the prince had carried on an affair for years while he was with the princess. So the question about why he married Diana in the first place remains.

Was Charles forced to marry Diana?

It’s believed that Charles always wanted to marry Camilla but he knew that wasn’t possible. For one, she didn’t come from a sufficient aristocratic background which did not make her a proper suitor for the man who would one day be king. Also, back then, the royals wanted the future monarch to marry a virgin. 

Prince Charles and Princess Diana
Prince Charles and Princess Diana | Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

By 1981, the prince was under tremendous pressure to find a bride as his family thought he was taking too long. So after meeting Lady Diana Spencer just a few times, his father, Prince Philip, wrote him a letter telling his son that his only options were to either “propose to her or release her.”

“He wasn’t in love, he wasn’t ready,” said Charles’ cousin, Pamela Hicks, who read the letter. “[Charles] saw it as a ghastly threat. Psychologically he assumed his father bullied him, so he read it as a bullying letter.” 

The Prince and Princess of Wales‘ marriage ended up breaking down and in 1992, they separated. Their divorce was finalized in August of 1996. One year later, the princess died following a car crash in Paris.

The future king went on to marry Camilla on April 9, 2005.

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