Why Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s Split Was a Nightmare For Everyone Working For Them, Called ‘a Job From Hell’

Their royal wedding may have seemed like something out of a storybook but Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s marriage was no fairy tale. Their royal union was marred by lies and infidelity that ultimately became public knowledge, and it was no secret that there was a ton of tension between them post-split.

At one point things got so uncomfortable that no one wanted to work for either one of them and those that did called it “a job from hell.” Read to find out why staffers said it was so hard working in the Prince and Princess of Wales‘ households during that time.

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

When Prince Charles and Princess Diana separated

Charles and Diana had a troubled marriage from the start and things went from bad to worse when Prince Harry was born in 1984. By 1988, they were in separate sleeping quarters and hadn’t shared the same bed for years.

In 1992, they decided to separate and their split affected everyone around them including their staff members.

Why working for them post-split was ‘hell’ for their staff

The Queen Mother’s former equerry, Major Colin Burgess, spoke to The Daily Mail about how working in those households back then was a nightmare.

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

“I would never have worked for Charles at that time, not even for double the money I was on at Clarence House,” Burgess stated. “His separation from Princess Diana polarized their staff, who had no choice but to take sides, and if you walked into any of his offices you could easily witness something being thrown at someone in anger.”

Burgess added that it was no picnic at Kensington Palace dealing with Diana either.

“Equally, being Princess Diana’s equerry would have been the job from hell because she was then on the verge of a complete breakdown,” he said.
“She regularly went off into London alone, without any bodyguards, sparking mass panic among those back at [the Palace] who would launch a hunt to find her.”

What the Prince and Princess of Wales did the day they got divorced

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

A few years after their separation, Queen Elizabeth urged Charles and Diana to get a divorce. The day the prince and princess ended their marriage they reportedly did something together that no one expected given how tumultuous their separation had been.

According to Royalty Magazine editor Ingrid Seward, they wept together after signing their divorce papers.

“Diana did tell me something quite interesting,” Seward revealed in the documentary The Royal Family at War. “She said that on the day of the divorce, she and Charles sat down together on the sofa and they both cried. It was this crazy separation but by the time the divorce was finalized, they were on much better terms.”

In 1997, one year after divorcing, Princess Diana was involved in a car crash in Paris and died from her injuries. In 2005, Prince Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles.

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