Princess Diana was ‘furious’ at letter from Queen that ended marriage to Charles

Princess Diana was ‘furious’ at letter from Queen that ended marriage to Charles

Princess Diana was ‘furious’ at letter from Queen that ended marriage to Charles

Princess Diana received a handwritten letter from the Queen in late 1995 – just weeks after her Panorama interview with Martin Bashir – that effectively ended her marriage to Prince Charles

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Princess Diana: Expert on ‘rage’ over Charles and Camilla

Princess Diana shot to global fame thanks to her fairytale wedding to Prince Charles.

But their 1981 marriage proved to be anything but a fairytale and resulted in them separating in 1992. The couple did not file for a divorce at first and it was in late August 1996 – four years later that their marriage was officially ended. But it has been reported that at first Diana wasn’t interested in a divorce and was left furious after being sent a letter from the Queen that effectively ended the union. Labelled with the crest of the House of Windsor, the handwritten letter arrived just weeks after Diana gave her bombshell Panorama interview in late 1995.

Princess Diana with her ex-husband Prince Charles and former mother-in-law the Queen


( Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

In the memorable one-to-one with Martin Bashir, Diana uttered the famous line “there were three of us in this marriage” when referring to Charles and his long-term love Camilla, now the Duchess of Cornwall.

The interview, which was watched by 22.8million viewers, caused huge embarrassment for the royal family after she also said the monarchy was in desperate need of modernisation and called the prince’s camp the “enemy”.

It plunged the royals into crisis as the general public sided with Diana – prompting the Queen to write the letter, which left the princess in no doubt about her annoyance at the interview.

Diana with the Queen at Guards Polo Club, Windsor


( Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

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The Queen wrote in the letter: “I have consulted with the Archbishop of Canterbury and with the prime minister and, of course, with Charles, and we have decided that the best course for you is divorce.”

It reportedly left Diana furious as she felt she was being forced to agree to a divorce – despite not wanting one.

The Queen on the Buckingham Palace balcony with Diana and Prince Charles on their wedding day


( Getty Images)

Days later, Buckingham Palace formally announced the divorce in a statement saying “after considering the present situation the Queen… gave them their view, supported by the Duke of Edinburgh, that an early divorce is desirable”.

The following year on August 28, 1996, the divorce was complete. It brought to an end the marriage of the pair that began with a huge fairytale ceremony at St Paul’s Cathedral on July 29, 1981.

As part of a settlement, Charles and Diana agreed to share custody of their sons, Prince William and Prince Harry.

Diana during her 1995 Panorama interview with Martin Bashir


( PA)

Diana was reportedly awarded a lump sum of £17million along with £350,000 each year to run her private office. She was also allowed to keep her apartments at Kensington Palace.

However, one thing she was stripped of was her title of Her Royal Highness. She then became known as Diana, Princess of Wales.

This led to a heartbreaking conversation between Diana and a then 14-year-old William that left her in tears, according to her butler Paul Burrell.

The young prince reportedly told his mum: “Don’t worry Mummy, I will give it back to you one day when I am King.”

However, William’s promise to give his mother back her HRH title was made even more heartbreaking almost exactly a year after the divorce was finalised.

Diana died following a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997, alongside her companion Dodi Fayed – with this year the 25th anniversary of her shocking death.

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