Despite being remembered fondly as a ‘fairytale wedding’, the marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana quickly became mired in betrayals and recriminations. Was this spectacular tale of affair and scandal ever salvageable? Or was it doomed from the very start?
Royal View host Tim Vincent (Blue Peter / Access Hollywood) is joined this time by another panel of royal experts: Ingrid Seward, author and editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, Princess Diana’s former bodyguard Ken Wharfe, Prince Philip’s friend Gyles Brandreth and Sunday Telegraph columnist Sophia Money-Coutts.
In Episode 3, Sex, Lies and Scandals, the panel examine the problems in Charles and Diana’s marriage and how and why it ended in divorce.
Ingrid Seward notes the marriage was doomed to fail from the start; “The mistake was at the beginning: Diana was very, very young and she wouldn’t listen. Maybe the Queen should have been stronger and when Diana said ‘my marriage is going wrong and everyone hates me’, she should have said ‘you’ve got to pull yourself together and make this marriage work’ instead of listening and being non-committal.”
While Ingrid argues that the Queen could have done more to save this ill-fated marriage, Gyles Brandreth disagrees that Charles’ parents did nothing to help make the marriage work.
He goes so far as to claim “The Queen and Prince Philip had tried to help. Like any parent you’d want your children’s marriage to work for their sake and the sake of the grandchildren.”
While there is disagreement as to how much the monarch and her husband should have done to help, one thing the panel can agree on is that Diana and Charles were a poor match in the long run.
“The marriage was destined to fail – and it did, which was a tragedy,” said Ken Wharfe, Diana’s former bodyguard, describing how he saw their relationship unfold. “You have to ask the question ‘did Diana love Charles?’ and I believe she did. But whether he did or not is a different matter.”
When Tim Vincent pushes Ingrid on whether the Queen did ultimately have a major part in their eventual divorce, Ingrid does concedes that “the Queen wrote to them both and said she thought it was a good idea they separated. What was happening was that the War of the Waleses was getting to such a crescendo that there was nothing else in the press.”
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