They divorced in 1996, and she tragically passed away a year later in Paris in a car crash.
Princess Diana's mere presence was enough to command the attention of the world's elite to the common person. Her charisma, beauty, and humanitarianism was the perfect combination to balance her equally rebellious attitude. However, there was just one person's attention that she truly vied for, and that was her husband, Prince Charles. Their relationship appeared to be all the hallmarks of a classic fairy tale, but alas as we all know well by not, it was anything but. The couple wed in 1981, and it was Tumultuous and fraught with conflict. Cracks in the relationship started to crop up after the birth of their two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, according to History Extra.
It was about five years after that memorable wedding that their marriage had started to fall apart. The Prince of Wales even started to confide in close friends about it. Among them, was Camilla Parker-Bowler, and Princess Diana wasn't particularly fond of the relationship they hand. In fact, it was what prompted her to say a particularly famous line in an explosive BBC interview with Martin Bashir that shocked the world. When the mother-of-two was asked, "Do you think Mrs. Parker-Bowles was a factor in the breakdown of your marriage?" she responded saying, "Well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded."
The couple separated before getting divorced in 1996. Tragically, she died a year later in a car accident in Paris. Charles and Camilla made their first public appearance together in January 1999 and wed in 2005. While Charles and Diana had a difficult relationship, they were still fond of each other, or so Diana's close friend would like to believe. Healer and Princess Diana's friend, Simone Simmons said, according to Express UK, "After the divorce Charles got a very good friend in Diana because she understood him. Nobody is happy if their other half has affairs, but she loved Charles with all her heart. If they had left it ten years and then got married, I believe they would still be together today. They would have had their differences, but I think they may have got back together."
Flashback - 1982: Prince Charles and Princess Diana attends the Barbican Centre in London. She was pregnant with William and breathtaking beautiful. The diamond necklace was a loan from the Queen - would love to see it converted to a tiara ❤️ #princessdiana #queenofhearts pic.twitter.com/S5khRh7wAW— The Royalist (@the_Royalist1) March 31, 2018
Diana’s personal chef Darren McGrady also recalled an incident that went on to suggest that the pair of them were getting back on good terms. He said, “Charles would fly up from Highgrove and land on the field behind Kensington Palace. One time he landed he had six motorcycle outriders and his back-up car, but got caught short and needed the bathroom.
He rang the princess and she said, ‘Fine, come in.’ The police got off their bikes and waited and the princess let him in. When he came out and was about to get in the car, she shouted, ‘Same time next week Charles!’ and winked at him. The police put on their helmets quickly and Charles went bright red. You could see they still had affection for each other."
Diana always dreamed of marrying Prince Charles. She even had a poster of him in her bedroom growing up. Go inside their love story on #TheWindsorsCNN, Sunday at 10 p.m. ET/PT pic.twitter.com/8BqjmSe3Hn— CNN (@CNN) March 6, 2020
Their renewed friendship didn't last, either, as the princess tragically lost her life in a car crash in Paris in 1997, just a year after their divorce. It was only then that Prince Charles realized something important. Simmons said, "Charles only realized he loved her after she died. I don’t think he realized how much he loved Diana until she was gone. She was the first person who showed him, real love."
Her brother Charles delivered a moving speech and how she was a human was at her funeral. He said, "Diana explained to me once that it was her innermost feelings of suffering that made it possible for her to connect with her constituency of the rejected. And here we come to another truth about her. For all the status, the glamour, the applause, Diana remained throughout a very insecure person at heart, almost childlike in her desire to do good for others so she could release herself from deep feelings of unworthiness of which her eating disorders were merely a symptom. The world sensed this part of her character and cherished her for her vulnerability whilst admiring her for her honesty."