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Given how tumultuous Prince Charles and Princess Diana‘s marriage was and the fact that Charles carried on an affair for years with his mistress who he later wed, many royal fans have wondered if the Prince of Wales ever loved his first wife.

Well, now a royal expert is insisting that he absolutely did and she’s not the only one. Princess Diana’s own mother said the same thing after what she witnessed on their wedding day.

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

Diana’s mother said that Prince Charles did love her daughter

For anyone who thinks the Charles never loved Diana, the princess’s mother would beg to differ.

Years after their royal wedding Diana’s mom, France Shand Kydd, revealed in an interview with Hello! that she never doubted Prince Charles’ true feelings for her daughter.

“I think that if anybody does doubt how he originally felt then they should look at the pictures or film of their wedding day,” Kydd told the publication

She added their wedding was indeed a union of love, “I think they really did show genuine happiness and deep affection for each other.”

Prince Philip and Princess Diana's mother, Frances Shand Kydd
Prince Philip and Princess Diana’s mother, Frances Shand Kydd | Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images

Royal expert claims Charles loved the princess even after they divorced

CNN Royal Correspondent Victoria Arbiter also believes that the Prince of Wales did love the Princess of Wales before and even after they divorced despite how ugly things had gotten.

“I think they were finally coming to find a common ground. It had been very difficult, very acrimonious,” Arbiter explained in an episode of Royally Us. “Of course there were the still wobbles because it’s very difficult to co-parent when you’re divorced and even more so on a public platform, but I think they had moved beyond the really ugly stage of that relationship and they were embracing what the future had in store for both of them.”

According to Arbiter, “They were officially divorced, but [Charles] did still love her. She was the mother of his children. I think they probably had matured. They let go of their ugliness and I think that the future was looking promising.”

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

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Diana’s friend says the princess still loved Charles after their divorce as well

Another woman close Diana, Debbie Frank, who was her friend and astrologer opined the princess still loved Charles after their marriage ended as well. She compared Diana’s feelings for the prince to how she felt about her mother. Shand Kydd and John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer separated when the princess was a child and her mother gave up custody of Diana and her siblings.

“I think she loved Charles till her dying day,” Frank said via the Daily Mail. “I’m not saying she longed for him. She didn’t. But there was still that wound there like there was with her mother. It was probably more about the mother than Charles actually.”

Frank also believed that “when [Charles] triggered that feeling of abandonment in her, she became like a 5-year-old again.”

Princess Diana died following a car crash in Paris in 1997. On April 9, 2005, Prince Charles married Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.