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Old 10-16-2016, 04:41 AM
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Posts discussing the relationship between Diana and her mother, have been moved to Frances Shand Kydd (1936-2004) - Diana's Mother. Let's keep the thread about Diana and Charles.
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Old 10-22-2016, 10:39 PM
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Here's an interesting little contemporary article by Washington Post staff writer Roxanne Roberts, that suggests Hewitt may have celebrated Diana's birthday with her: washingtonpost.com: International Special Report: Princess Diana, 1961-1997
Great article, Roslyn.

Loved this quote, for its humor, but it is also deeply revealing about what Charles had come to feel about why Diana married him, not for love but for status and perks: "An Arranged Marriage: 'Diana only married me so that she could go through red traffic lights,' the prince once joked to reporters."

But also this, among a lot that is interesting, please note the bolded: at a time when any other wife would have (should have?) been at her partner's side, helping him get through what was clearly a tough time, she was elsewhere, leaving him to be visited and consoled by his circle of friends:

"Persisting Whispers From Day One, there have been whispers of a mismatch.

"The honeymoon was over. [...]

"The royal couple had separate appearances, separate vacations and separate beds, according to a former security guard at Highgrove who yakked to the tabs. The press began counting the days or weeks that Charles and Diana spent apart. Speculation reached fever pitch in 1987, when Charles spent 39 days at Balmoral, the queen's retreat in Scotland, while Diana stayed in London with the two little princes.

"In 1988, a skiing accident killed his friend, Maj. Hugh Lindsay, and almost killed the prince, who is said to have plunged into a deep depression. He became increasingly withdrawn. After a polo accident last summer - which kept him off his beloved polo ponies for months - Charles canceled most public appearances and was reportedly suffering from a whopping case of midlife crisis. Former girlfriends, especially Parker Bowles, kept showing up at Highgrove while Diana was in London."
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Old 10-23-2016, 12:15 AM
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Diana certainly didn't marry Charles for perks and status. She was in love with him. He with her, probably not so much!
I don't think you can regard one joke by Charles about Diana's driving as proof that he felt she didn't love him or had married him for the wrong reasons. He apparently speaks even now on occasion of Diana, with a "We were terribly in love with each other once, you know!'

Incidentally, what about the long holidays Charles took to Scotland, to various places in Europe and elsewhere alone during the marriage, neglecting his husbandly duties when Diana wanted his company, wanted him around? Or is that different because it happens to be Charles?

Diana tried to offer Charles comfort when he returned to the chalet after the terrible accident to Major Lindsay but Charles wanted to be alone. She took pride in organising the logistics of the journey home to England for the stricken Charles and herself, and the transportation of Major Lindsay's body. However, according to the biographies I've read Charles made it clear he didn't want her around afterwards. As soon as she left Highgrove, Camilla appeared.

As for all the visits by Mrs Parker Bowles and others to Highgrove, I think it's pretty clear why Camilla went there after Charles's polo accident, incidentally leaving her own husband and children in the summer holidays, or don't they matter either, against this great romance?

Diana never felt comfortable at Highgrove after Harry was a toddler, and it's no wonder! Charles and Diana were by the mid to late 1980's leading virtually separate lives, and Charles didn't want Diana at Highgrove, after accidents or otherwise, as it interfered with his affair with his (equally married) lover, Mrs PB!
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Old 10-23-2016, 09:58 PM
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I don't think that Diana married Charles for "status and perks". She hardly needed status, because she was the daughter of the Earl Spencer. Not only did she have the courtesy title of "Lady Diana", but she had family that was closely connected to the Royal Family on both her father's and mother's sides. She was a wealthy young woman in her own right, from the money that she inherited from her ancestress Frances Ellen Work. If she hadn't married Charles, I'm sure that there were other titled and/or wealthy young men she could have married.

I do believe that she either was in love with Charles or was fond enough of him to be convinced that she was in love with him. The belief that he could never divorce her was, I believe, part of the reason she married him. She wanted to marry for love, and she didn't want to be divorced.
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...I do believe that she either was in love with Charles or was fond enough of him to be convinced that she was in love with him. The belief that he could never divorce her was, I believe, part of the reason she married him. She wanted to marry for love, and she didn't want to be divorced.
I had never thought of that! Thanks and it rings true.
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Old 10-24-2016, 10:00 AM
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I don't think that Diana married Charles for "status and perks". She hardly needed status, because she was the daughter of the Earl Spencer. Not only did she have the courtesy title of "Lady Diana", but she had family that was closely connected to the Royal Family on both her father's and mother's sides. She was a wealthy young woman in her own right, from the money that she inherited from her ancestress Frances Ellen Work. If she hadn't married Charles, I'm sure that there were other titled and/or wealthy young men she could have married.

I do believe that she either was in love with Charles or was fond enough of him to be convinced that she was in love with him. The belief that he could never divorce her was, I believe, part of the reason she married him. She wanted to marry for love, and she didn't want to be divorced.
Excellent post.

Diana was very, very proud of her Spencer heritage. As a descendant of the dukes of Marlborough she had quite enough status and perks of her own.
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Old 10-27-2016, 06:08 PM
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I don't think that Diana married Charles for "status and perks". She hardly needed status, because she was the daughter of the Earl Spencer. Not only did she have the courtesy title of "Lady Diana", but she had family that was closely connected to the Royal Family on both her father's and mother's sides. She was a wealthy young woman in her own right, from the money that she inherited from her ancestress Frances Ellen Work. If she hadn't married Charles, I'm sure that there were other titled and/or wealthy young men she could have married.

I do believe that she either was in love with Charles or was fond enough of him to be convinced that she was in love with him. The belief that he could never divorce her was, I believe, part of the reason she married him. She wanted to marry for love, and she didn't want to be divorced.
Yep. By the midpoint of their marriage, she probably did feel that the only value (aside from her sons) that she got from it were perks and status, so might as well take advantage. But I seriously doubt that was what she valued at the outset.

I think both Charles and Diana were at vulnerable transitional points in their lives when their courtship began, compounded by the intense press attention, and it lead each of them to overestimate their compatability.

Charles was likely smarting from the kind of attention his string of failed relationships had drawn to that point. The press was turning on him and becoming increasingly catty about what "experience" his girlfriends had with other men. He'd seen so many of his friends marry and settle into the next phase of life that he must have felt as if his clock was ticking. All that could easily combine to put him in the right frame of mind to interpret what should have been slight nudges towards marriage and finding a "virgin bride" as being giant pushes in that direction. What's more, I don't really think he was romantic with Camilla at that point; rather, she was a best friend, which meant that he didn't really see the need to find a wife who filled that best friend role. From his point of view, that probably lowered the bar for what kind of relationship he needed from a potential bride.

Meanwhile, Diana was newly on her own, in that phase when many of us fumble about trying to figure out which of our adolescent likes and habits will fall away and which will remain as part of our adult selves, and I don't think she guessed right. For instance, I suspect that she thought she'd like the "country life" Charles offered because (a) she assumed she'd grow into enjoying the same things the adults in her sphere enjoyed and (b) what she'd known of it to that point had still been a kid version, spent at a house where everyone still looked at her as a vulnerable, sensitive child and thus allowed her to hang onto a child's habits and pastimes (this includes hanging out in the kitchen with staff who approached her with a quasi-parental attitude). Perhaps more importantly, she wasn't very experienced with romance, and what examples of it she'd seen from her parents' love lives and divorce probably served more as a caution for particular things to avoid than a primer in what strengths to look for and value. She wasn't really in the best position yet to be able to tell the difference between admiring a man and falling for him. She'd also probably been coddled more than she realized.

So he was primed at that particular moment in time to look at a young woman like Diana and see the ideal bride who he could come to develop affection for; she was primed to look at an older Charles as a stable presence she could come to love who lived a life she could settle into liking. I do think they liked each other just fine, but they didn't spend enough time another alone to realize the ways their personalities could grate against each other. The press was following them with an intensity that went beyond anything the rest of the royal family had experienced during their own courtships, which backed both Charles and Diana into corners where it would take a great deal of inner strength to admit to themselves, much less others, that their connection might not be strong enough.
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Old 10-27-2016, 06:33 PM
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I think you've pretty much nailed it into the whys and reasons why Charles and Diana's marriage was pretty much a perfect set up at the beginning.

I think that at 19, Diana was very much impressed with Charles, his role and his titles and for her, it was easy to put him on a pedestal and that was too easily mistaken for falling in love. Perhaps Charles, with looking at a pretty young 19 year old, thought that as time passed, she'd be malleable to fit in and adapt to the rigors and the role of being Princess of Wales. Actually, I think she did a fine job being out and among the people and bringing attention to the causes she backed but the issues of their private lives and being intimate friends as well as husband and wife was a rough road to go. Diana wanted more of Charles than he was willing to give and Charles, for the most part, found her demands and wants and needs to be irrational. There was no room for compromises on either side.

I do think that if there wasn't so much pressure on the couple and they had taken a longer courtship, it never would have resulted in marriage.
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Old 10-27-2016, 06:49 PM
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I do think that if there wasn't so much pressure on the couple and they had taken a longer courtship, it never would have resulted in marriage/quote

Same here. A longer courtship + no pressure =NO WEDDING. I totally agree.
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I think another good point that Loonytick brought up is the one about Charles already having a best friend and that he wouldn't have required that in a wife. I think this is perhaps a big stumbling block in the marriage.

I honestly believe that Diana did expect to be all that Charles ever would need. Wife, friend, mother, lover, valet and confidante and advisor. I don't think she was mature enough to realize that having Camilla as a "best friend" was not a threat to her. Instead, Diana felt from the very beginning that Camilla was the "enemy" and fixated on getting those who were closer to Charles than she felt that she was out of the picture. The more Charles had involvement in other things that Diana couldn't or wouldn't participate in, the more insecure she got. Charles did try to appease her for a while but it never was enough.
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It's interesting what Loonytick posted about them both being at "vulnerable transitional points in their lives", and it's caused me to think about what was going on then. Prince Charles had lost his great mentor, Lord Mountbatten, a year before Diana's invitations to Petworth, Cowes, and Balmoral in the summer and early autumn of 1980. His grieving might have been past by that time, but he still would have felt a great loss in his life. Along comes Diana, a pretty, sympathetic young woman looking for stability. Her father wasn't quite the same after his massive stroke in 1978, and her disliked step-mother was running the family home. I can completely understand her falling totally and utterly for Prince Charles, or thinking that she did, and Charles's real fondness for and attraction to a young girl who was charming and undemanding. She fit into his schedule and traveled wherever he wanted to meet her. He had no reason to think that she wouldn't be the same way after they were married.
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In January 1988 Prince Charles and Princess Diana flew to Australia to take part in Australia's bicentennial celebrations in Sydney. Charles felt upstaged by Diana. In Sydney on the first day, Diana sang the words of Australia's national anthem Advance, Australia Fair. Her husband did not know the words.
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Well, Charles could hardly blame Diana for that. He should have done his homework. I'm surprised he didn't know the words, actually. He's said many times that Australia holds a special place in his heart, that he takes note of Oz affairs, etc.

I remember the 1988 visit well. Aussies responded to Diana then just as they had the first time they saw her. She was extremely popular here, always.
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How do we know he didn't know the words? Was there something said about it at the time?


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I seem to remember the Press pointing it out. Charles may have thought that 'God Save the Queen' would be played, as it still is when the Queen is present here.
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I do think that if there wasn't so much pressure on the couple and they had taken a longer courtship, it never would have resulted in marriage.

Same here. A longer courtship + no pressure =NO WEDDING. I totally agree.
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Prince Charles was a member of the Royal Family. Did he have conception of what marrying into the Royal Family would have meant to Lady Diana?
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I think that he did to a degree, because he suggested that she should think about whether "it would all be too horrible" and was "pleased and surprised that she agreed to take me on." However, I don't think that anyone can really understand what a completely new lifestyle is like until s/he has to go through it.
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She didn't know the whole story. The extra person. The expectation that he could do as he pleased. She knew many of the difficulties, whether she was up to it was another thing. The sole love of her partner might have helped. She was to be window dressing and he was going to live his life, as other princes of Wales.
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The royals' lifestyle was, I think, much more formal and ritualised in the late 1970s and early 1980's than it is today.

Their lives followed a prescribed course, followed by the Queen and Prince Philip today, Royal duties interspersed with Sandringham at certain times of the year, London at others, Balmoral/Birkhall for the summer, the cruise up to Scotland in the 'Britannia'. It would take some getting used to by those not used to it. Charles was born into this life and he had never (apart from his years in the Navy) known any other.

As well, Charles is very conscientious, practically a workaholic, and I don't think he realised what an impact his work, both private and public, would have on his wife.

And I don't think anyone, Charles included, could have predicted 'Di-mania'!
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