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Old 04-20-2017, 02:30 PM
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Maybe it was a different time, but the idea of a 32 year old man marrying a 19 year old girl is kind of nauseating. It makes Charles come off as a bit of a creep to be honest.

I'm 19, and I'd have more in common with a baby than a man in his 30s.
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Old 04-20-2017, 02:55 PM
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Meh...I know a number of folks in real life who have large age differences where it works fine.

The thing I have always faulted Charles for was he let himself be pushed/persuaded and didn't stand up and say no to his father and public pressure. He *needed* to get married and she filled the bill well enough at the time.

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Old 04-20-2017, 02:57 PM
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Maybe its because I'm older or something but I've seen and met many people in their 30s that are less mature and grounded than some 19 year olds I've met. I think it really depends on the person.

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Meh...I know a number of folks in real life who have large age differences where it works fine.

The thing I have always faulted Charles for was he let himself be pushed/persuaded and didn't stand up and say no to his father and public pressure. He *needed* to get married and she filled the bill well enough at the time.

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Sometimes it takes getting into a real sticky situation before one can grow a backbone and stand up for oneself. We saw this later on in Charles' life when he finally did stand up and say "non-negotiable".

Charles really was between a rock and a hard place when trying to decide whether or not to marry Diana. He had pressure on him from all kinds of angles. I'd bet my last cough drop that if there wasn't pressure, he wouldn't have married Diana.
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Old 04-20-2017, 03:17 PM
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No I don't think he would of either...and if they could of 'dated' (such as it was then) longer that would of ended things. We already know Diana was ready to back out ...wonder if Charles was as well.

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Old 04-20-2017, 03:22 PM
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I've always said Charles and Diana needed martial counseling and it was never received. Too much pressure to put on a show on the royal stage, but no help fixing or resolving the issues in the home.
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Old 04-20-2017, 03:49 PM
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What a lot of people don't know or don't remember is that one of Diana's patronages she took on in 1990 was Relate which, at the time, was Britain's leading marriage counseling agency. From the People article at the time:

"Last year the Princess became patron of Relate, Britain’s leading marriage counseling agency, after attending a training session in which counselors acted out the roles of a couple arguing. “She was riveted,” recalls David French, Relate’s director. In February Diana gave a moving address to a crowd of about 200 at Relate’s Family of the Year ceremony. “Marriage offers stability, and maybe that is why nearly 7,000 couples a week begin new family lives of their own,” said Diana. “Sadly, for many, reality fails to live up to expectations. When that happens, most couples draw on new reserves of love and strength.”

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Its too bad that Diana's own private life didn't benefit from this.
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Old 04-20-2017, 03:50 PM
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Meh...I know a number of folks in real life who have large age differences where it works fine.

The thing I have always faulted Charles for was he let himself be pushed/persuaded and didn't stand up and say no to his father and public pressure. He *needed* to get married and she filled the bill well enough at the time.

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Same here. He knew what was at stake, for once in his life he should have told the DoE to go pound sand and leave him alone.

And it wasn't just Prince Philip. Fleet Street had fallen madly in love with "Shy Di" and were pushing her like crazy after she was spotted at Balmoral with Charles.

I believe Charles felt he could eventually fall in love with Diana, or at least love her enough to have a satisfying and nurturing marriage.

And I think he did try...somewhat.
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Old 04-20-2017, 04:09 PM
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Yeah *somewhat*....I'm afraid I've never gotten past the 'whatever love is' during the engagement interview. She was not mature enough to realize that was a huge red flag.

Can you imagine? Your fiancee saying to anyone, let alone the world, 'whatever love is' after being asked if you are in love???

I'd of been giving that ring back before the end of the day.

Maybe if they had been more compatible then it wouldn't of mattered so much...but she wanted to be valued and loved and I don't think he ever really loved her. Not past a superficial level.


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Old 04-20-2017, 04:15 PM
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Yeah *somewhat*....I'm afraid I've never gotten past the 'whatever love is' during the engagement interview. She was not mature enough to realize that was a huge red flag.

Can you imagine? Your fiancee saying to anyone, let alone the world, 'whatever love is' after being asked if you are in love???

I'd of been giving that ring back before the end of the day.

Maybe if they had been more compatible then it wouldn't of mattered so much...but she wanted to be valued and loved and I don't think he ever really loved her. Not past a superficial level.


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I would be keeping the ring and giving out a few choice words not suitable for posting here.
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Old 04-20-2017, 04:19 PM
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I would be keeping the ring and giving out a few choice words not suitable for posting here.

HA not me..I'd of flung at his face, had my say (probably some not nice words as well) and been done with him.



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Old 04-20-2017, 04:43 PM
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Yeah *somewhat*....I'm afraid I've never gotten past the 'whatever love is' during the engagement interview. She was not mature enough to realize that was a huge red flag.

Can you imagine? Your fiancee saying to anyone, let alone the world, 'whatever love is' after being asked if you are in love???

I'd of been giving that ring back before the end of the day.

Maybe if they had been more compatible then it wouldn't of mattered so much...but she wanted to be valued and loved and I don't think he ever really loved her. Not past a superficial level.


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She was perplexed by his response. She giggled it off during the interview, but was thrown off by it all. You'd think her mother, sisters or someone older in her life would've pointed out to her to talk to her husband-to-be and set some things straight. No one was really thinking and were way too caught up in the enormity of her being engaged to the Prince of Wales and future King. The stiff upper lips took over. No proper support team.
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Old 04-20-2017, 05:20 PM
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She was perplexed by his response. She giggled it off during the interview, but was thrown off by it all. You'd think her mother, sisters or someone older in her life would've pointed out to her to talk to her husband-to-be and set some things straight. No one was really thinking and were way too caught up in the enormity of her being engaged to the Prince of Wales and future King. The stiff upper lips took over. No proper support team.
She giggled and tried to go along with it, and fairly nervous.

Yeah I don't know about her family. Her mother, above all, should of really sat her down and talked to her about it all...and who knows maybe she did but Diana was caught up in everything and buried her head in the sand.

When she did raise the issues her sisters told her it was too late to back out. Sarah should of known if anyone did how the ropes were with Charles and things on the inside of the family....and helped her figure out how to get out of it.

I think they must of thought it almost impossible to call it off without backlash.


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Old 04-20-2017, 05:29 PM
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No I don't think he would of either...and if they could of 'dated' (such as it was then) longer that would of ended things. We already know Diana was ready to back out ...wonder if Charles was as well.

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I have read that during the last week leading up to the marriage Charles wanted to pull out and cancel it because he wasn't sure it would work but both his parents said that that was just 'nerves'.

I know some people who knew Charles around this time who firmly believed then and still believe now that if the press had butted out he would have dropped her by the summer. It was the press coverage that lead Philip to write the letter that really forced Charles' hand. But without the press frenzy they would have come to see that weren't suited to each other.

That is why I am pleased that there hasn't been the pressure on William and Harry to marry their girlfriends just because they have been dating them for so long and in Harry's case he has broken up with two of them despite the press coverage.
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Old 04-20-2017, 05:42 PM
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She giggled and tried to go along with it, and fairly nervous.

Yeah I don't know about her family. Her mother, above all, should of really sat her down and talked to her about it all...and who knows maybe she did but Diana was caught up in everything and buried her head in the sand.

When she did raise the issues her sisters told her it was too late to back out. Sarah should of known if anyone did how the ropes were with Charles and things on the inside of the family....and helped her figure out how to get out of it.

I think they must of thought it almost impossible to call it off without backlash.


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But she did try to talk to her sisters about her doubts over tea at Buckingham Palace. They came back with the now famous reply "Too late to chicken out Duch...your face is on the tea towels".

It was either Sally Bedell-Smith or Tina Brown who also wrote that the night after the grand ball on the eve of the wedding, Diana was spooked that Charles had paid virtually no attention to her and had chatted with Camilla for much of the evening. Diana drove to Althorp and told her father Lord Spencer that she wanted to back out, but he insisted that she return to London and get on with it.

I guess he(and the sisters) felt it was just pre-marital jitters and that she would recover in time for the big day.

I can understand why they felt that way, I suppose.

I also remember like it was yesterday the "whatever love means" interview. I felt so sad when Diana tried to giggle out of it, but you could feel her embarrassment. I wanted to reach through the TV and slap Charles, I really did!
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A shame she didn't have more support from her family.

I get being nervous before the wedding etc...I'm not sure how her family thought it was just nerves considering the inside track they would of had. Maybe just old thinking of well it's to be expected that a highly placed royal might have affairs and it's hardly a reason to divorce etc.


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The Spencers, in addition to being famously dysfunctional and emotionally stunted ,were and are true blue aristocrats who had existed literally on the perimeters(on the estate at Sandringham) of the British Royal family for centuries.

The invitations had gone out. The crowds were in place. World leaders were converging on London. They loved Diana in their messy way but they knew the drill...backing out after the official announcement of her engagement to the Heir to the Throne had been made was NOT an option at that point.
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It didn't have to be a back out, but at least the elders in Diana's life could've given her some constructive advice on sitting down with Charles and figure things out. This is a couple that needed some counseling before and after their wedding. They needed some good guidance. They just had a lot of "yes" people around them. They really didn't have a good support group.

I'm not really crazy for Princess Michael of Kent, but she did speak up just a couple of years ago on Diana. She said Diana really didn't have any support around her and anyone who could understand her situation and position.

It's one of the reasons why I get upset when the media like coming down on the Middleton's. They're not a family who understands the royal world, but they are a family that's very loving and very supportive of the Cambridge family. Catherine needs her family around her family. Especially as her role grows and positions change. A good support team is very much needed in those kind of positions.
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If Charles and Diana had sat down and talked about things they would have both, hopefully, realised that this was a mistake and both called it off.

It is clear in hindsight that both of them wanted out but both their families wanted it to happen with arguments like 'you can't, your face it on all the tea-towels' - how pathetic is that as a reason to encourage your sister to go through with a marriage. That comment says a lot about what the Spencers wanted - a royal bride - not happiness for Diana but a title and future King from their family.

That the Queen and Philip didn't listen to Charles when he raised the issue of not wanting to go through with it says a lot about them as well. They didn't care about their son's happiness - only about getting him married and settled regardless of how much it was wrong for him.

Even the Archbishop of Canterbury at the time has since said he had his reservations about them as a couple. He should therefore have done what other ministers in the CoE are instructed to do - refused to marry them until they were sure and he was sure that they were marrying for the right reasons and not because she wanted to be a Princess and he wanted to have a bride to be the mother of his children.

Had any pre-marriage counselling happened that was any good it would have been simple - 'don't do it - give yourself a year or two together and see'. As we now know that marriage was largely over within the first two years.
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If all of that happened and common sense prevailed, who might have Charles then married? Who was on the horizon? This pairing may have been destiny.....there was certainly every energy being directed to it taking place.
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Well, certainly every energy of the British Press, and it was largely the print media in those days, was directed at getting these two married off because the journos and editors were in love with Lady Di.

I've always read that Charles asked his mother's opinion on whether he should marry Diana (in the early stages of the romance) and she refused to give him one. The BRF weren't at that time very good at face to face confidential chats with each other. It's unfortunate that the Queen didn't reply that if he was so unsure about it that he had to ask her then the answer was clear.

This is all in hindsight though, isn't it, and hindsight always has 20/20 vision. At the time it's clear that all parties were hoping for the best.
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