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Old 04-18-2017, 11:55 AM
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I'd be very happy to talk about the 'good times", Dman.

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Also, let's not always talk about the bad and sad years. It's very factual that Charles and Diana did love each other. They both agreed on the way to bring up their children and they had some good times as a couple. These things aren't widely talked about nor written.
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Old 04-18-2017, 12:21 PM
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The vast majority of her fans do not accept that she was in any way to blame for the breakdown of her marriage and accuse anyone who says so of all sorts of names. To most of her fans she is a saint who could do no wrong.

I have rarely encountered any fan of Diana who says she in any way contributed to the breakdown of the marriage and most of them want Charles to die before the Queen.

Diana's fans are some of the most hateful people I encounter on the internet and in person.

You are an exception.
I liked Diana and admired her tremendously when she first came on the scene, then with reservations as I matured and was able to balance fantasy and first impressions with the reality of what I was seeing and reading. I do accept that she was at least partly and maybe more-to blame for the disintegration of her marriage.

But I continue to believe that she was essentially a decent if troubled person who accomplished a lot of good in this world with what she had to work with.

Charles also behaved in ways that I found frankly deplorable at times, but I admire him very much for the way he has raised his sons and I think he will make a wonderful king.

Your opinion of Diana fans as "hateful" is the way I would describe many of the late princess's detractors on this Forum and others. It seems not enough for some of them that she is dead..quite dead...and will never be queen.

They seem to want to dig up her remains, put them on show trial, and burn them in effigy.

Irrational and unbelievable imo.
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Old 04-18-2017, 01:38 PM
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I think they loved each other a bit.. She loved him, but in a childlike fairytale way.. and he loved her, but I think he never loved her deeply and that he soon fell out of love because he found her so hard to live with. I don't believe that they agreed all that much about the children..He wanted them to have a loving Mum, and to be more "cared for" at home and part of their home life than he had had..but he was conscious of their positon and felt perhaps that Di let them be too informal...
They did agree on how the children should be raised. After her passing, Charles continued the job of raising them in the manner in which they both agreed. Charles was a bit old school and raised in a stiff and starchy environment, so we wouldn't have seen him taking the kids to amusement parks and McDonalds and stuff like that. It was out of his league, but he approved of Diana doing so though.

They wanted the kids to be raised differently then how they were raised. Sadly, they couldn't provide a stable marital home for them, but in other cases they were together on.

I know some people may disagree with me, but I think they did a pretty good job. They have flaws and have been through a lot, like most of us, but they're good guys and with good heads on their shoulders. If they were spoiled, snobby, very disrespectful and long term playboy Princes. I would say Charles and Diana sucked very big eggs as parents. This is not the case though.
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Old 04-18-2017, 01:59 PM
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I think you nailed it, Dman, in your synopsis of Charles and Diana.

Its very easy to confuse the "being in love" at the onset of a relationship which generally should be called "being in lust" as there's the grand physical attraction, and one puts their best foot forward to impress the other person and this often continues into the marriage. Deeply loving one's spouse doesn't happen over night and takes work and compromise and genuine caring about the other person. As time passed, it became harder and harder for both Diana and Charles to nurture their feelings of loving each other and then the marriage itself went totally downhill. It happens in the best of relationships sometimes.

I don't think Charles and Diana ever stopped caring about each other. They just couldn't make it work in a marriage.
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Old 04-18-2017, 03:04 PM
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I think it was closer to being in lust on Charles' side. I think he found Di very attractive and hoped that he had enough I common with her to work out a marriage. She loved him but it was loving the image in her own mind of him.. not the real man, and when in marriage she had to deal with the real man, she found him boring, stuffy, diffcuclt and too often, in her mind, thinking about another woman.
I dotn think that she ever quite lost a certain feeling for him.. though because he was so important to her..and I think that had he been willing to "give it another try" in the 90s she would have agreed...but their incompatibility would probably have surfaced again. and I don't beleive he would have ever tried.. HE fell out of love soon, got very fed up with her, put off by her tantrums and weeping fits and the vomiting which he coudlnt' really understand. I think in later years he did still feel a bit of pity and affection for her, but it was a long way from love..
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Old 04-18-2017, 03:04 PM
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I think you nailed it, Dman, in your synopsis of Charles and Diana.

Its very easy to confuse the "being in love" at the onset of a relationship which generally should be called "being in lust" as there's the grand physical attraction, and one puts their best foot forward to impress the other person and this often continues into the marriage. Deeply loving one's spouse doesn't happen over night and takes work and compromise and genuine caring about the other person. As time passed, it became harder and harder for both Diana and Charles to nurture their feelings of loving each other and then the marriage itself went totally downhill. It happens in the best of relationships sometimes.

I don't think Charles and Diana ever stopped caring about each other. They just couldn't make it work in a marriage.
I agree. Although they couldn't make their marriage work, they never stopped caring for each other.

One of Diana closet friend just died the other day. She publicly stated that the love of Diana's life was Charles. Sadly, I think Diana accepted that a marriage between them wasn't possible and (I also think) she couldn't have him anyway.

I wish she had the chance to find another love. Perhaps she found it in her next life beyond this earthly realm.
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Old 04-19-2017, 01:34 AM
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She did find other loves. They didn't work out. But no, I don't believe that Charles went on caring for her, except in terms of being upset at her death, and perhaps wishing that they had been able to be happier together. In Tina Brown's book he's quoted as saying that he didn't read the newspapers, because they were full of "what my bloody crazy wife's been doing.."
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Old 04-19-2017, 01:43 AM
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She did find other loves. They didn't work out. But no, I don't believe that Charles went on caring for her, except in terms of being upset at her death, and perhaps wishing that they had been able to be happier together. In Tina Brown's book he's quoted as saying that he didn't read the newspapers, because they were full of "what my bloody crazy wife's been doing.."
They had some tough days, but the man did wear his wedding ring from Diana up until he became engaged to Camilla. He only let her go when he officially moved on.
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Old 04-20-2017, 12:27 PM
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She could be incredibly charming, and by the time they met he'd mastered the art of making a good first impression. I'm quite sure the skills that made them good at public appearances helped create a situation in which both of them initially saw promise for a connection with the other.

The tricky thing is that they both, especially at that time, seem to have been the sort to "live in their heads," so to speak. What I mean by that is that they seem to have kept quite a bit of their thoughts to themselves as they tried to present the "correct" front to others, even within their own family. To hide their vulnerabilities, as it were. It's a trait that Charles certainly would have learned while trying to please his father as a child (a common side effect with father and son have very different personalities; I'm not one who calls Philip mean or cold, rather just a difficult match for Charles' more senstitive nature). It's a mindset that, when it goes to toxic levels, can manifest in something harmful like Diana's bulemia.

But if neither was able to be frank and honest about their needs, and if the connection never developed beyond that initial charming each other phase, then of course it was a recipe for both parties getting frustrated by the other not recognizing, much less providing, what they most craved.

In some ways Charles was lucky because there is a long tradition of royal men finding an outlet in mistresses. There was an established pattern to follow and a certain degree of acceptance that he knew he could find by taking that route with Camilla. Even if it was no longer ok to be out in the open about affairs, he could take comfort in the knowledge that his caste would react with a certain attitude of, "ok, this is not ideal, but it happens sometimes."

Diana, on the other hand, had no accepted outlet for her frustrations. While he could step away from their dysfunction and find his even keel through another relationship, she was expected to just suck it up and bury her feelings. That she was on less even footing to start with surely exacerbated the marital problems on her end. I mean, she came into the marriage not only young but naive for her age, in the midst of an eating disorder, with a fairytale "happily ever after" image of marriage that was unfortunately not able to be tempered by a real life example of a healthy one (thanks to her parents' messy love lives) and then found herself in a not-functioning relationship with no healthy outlet for expressing her discomfort. Of course she became a powder keg.
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Old 04-20-2017, 12:32 PM
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Wonderful and insightful comments, I agree!

Princess Grace was asked her opinion about then Lady Diana when she met the Royal fiancee shortly before the wedding. Grace's face clouded over and she reportedly responded "she's young...way too young for him. I think it will not end well" or something like that.

Grace had no idea how right she was.
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Old 04-20-2017, 01:33 PM
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Her age might not of mattered so much if they had more in common.



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Old 04-20-2017, 01:51 PM
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Her age might not of mattered so much if they had more in common.
Absolutely. It wasn't any one thing, it wasn't just him being cold or just her being immature, it was an all-around doomed-for-failure situation thanks to a collection of unworkable differences between the two of them that created an inability for those two to communicate and grow with each other in a productive manner.
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Old 04-20-2017, 02:00 PM
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But I don't believe Grace was referring just to Diana's chronological age. In the passage I remember reading the late Princess of Monaco seemed to imply that Diana was also "young for her age" of 19...a polite way of saying she found her emotionally quite immature.

Which I agree that she was in retrospect. And since Charles was an "elderly" 30 year old, this really handicapped the relationship.
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Old 04-20-2017, 02:19 PM
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I think one of the most poignant sentences I've ever read that puts Charles and Diana into a compact nutshell is "They both wanted to be understood but neither of them could understand".
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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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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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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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