When Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer on July 29th, 1981, people in the United Kingdom and across the world, rejoiced for what they saw as a fairy-tale marriage. The Prince had finally found his Princess and they would live happily ever after, or so everyone hoped!
The truth about the marriage that followed was far from being a fairy-tale.
Following the birth of two sons; William – heir to the throne, in July 1982 and Harry in September 1984, the marriage fell apart. Diana would later say that they were “the closest we’ve ever, ever been and ever will be,” in the lead up to Harry’s birth but that on discovering the child was another son, Charles, who desperately wanted a baby girl, all but deserted her. As Diana would later tell biographer Andrew Morton “Charles always wanted a girl. Harry was a boy. His first comment was, ‘Oh God, it’s a boy.’ His second: ‘And he’s even got red hair.’” Diana claimed that the night Harry was born, while she was still recuperating in hospital, Charles chose to attend the theatre with his “friend” Camilla Parker-Bowles. This was a grave disappointment to her and signalled the beginning of the end of their marriage.