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Princess Diana heartbreak: Charles 'ignored and dismissed' wife amid divorce row

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The couple endured one of the world’s most high profile relationships, but allegations of infidelity on both sides plagued the Prince and Princess of Wales’s time together. They married back in 1981, but less than a decade later they announced the end of their relationship. By 1996, a year before Diana tragically died in a Paris car crash, the pair officially divorced.

But while their relationship played out in front of millions across the globe, Diana was left to try and cope with the pressures of marriage and the Royal Family.

Andrew Morton, author of the 1992 book ‘Diana: Her True Story’, claimed that friends had become so concerned about the distance between the couple they confronted the woman universally known as the “People’s Princess”.

He wrote: “Such is their mutual antipathy that friends have observed that Diana finds her husband’s very presence upsetting and disturbing.

“He in turn views his wife with indifference tinged with dislike.

“When a Sunday newspaper reported how the Prince had pointedly ignored her at a concert at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the Queen Mother’s 90th birthday, she remarked to friends that she found their surprise rather odd.

“‘He ignores me everywhere and has done for a long time. He just dismisses me.'”

After marrying in the Eighties, Charles and Diana would have two children – Prince William and Harry.

Despite her unrelenting love for her sons, Diana was in turmoil amid claims Charles had been having an affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, who he would later go on to marry in 2005.

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Charles and Diana wed in a traditional Church of England service at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Reports suggest the union was a “fairytale wedding” and reached a global audience of 750 million people.

Across the Commonwealth, events were held to coincide with the special day.

Ahead of her marriage to Charles, Mr Morton also claimed that Diana’s sisters Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Baroness Jane Fellowes reacted with “envy” and “concern”.

Their divorce was followed by a similar breakdown in marriage by Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York and Prince Andrew.

The Yorks’ wedding was watched by around 500 million people worldwide, sparking media adulation over in the US, with the Duchess’ effect on the Royal Family dubbed ‘Fergie Fever’ by the New York Times.

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But, like the Wales’, the divorce was settled in 1996.

In another episode, Mr Morton explained how “Diana had little day-to-day contact with her husband”.

He highlighted one trip, where Diana, Charles and their sons were joined by Princess Alexandra, her husband Sir Angus Ogilvy, the Romseys and their children.

The encounter left Diana raging, leaving her “suspicions of Charles affair” clear.

Mr Morton added: “Diana had little day-to-day contact with her husband, sleeping in a separate cabin and preferring to eat with her children rather than the adults.

“The underlying tension was not helped when Diana picked up a ship-to-shore telephone to discover her husband in the midst of a long call to his long-time friend, Camilla Parker Bowles.

“It provided further fury for Diana’s suspicions regarding her husband’s relationship with Camilla, misgivings which had been consistently derided as the fantasies of a sick woman.”



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