The little guy's arrival has caused the media to go to their archives and whip out pictures of baby William and his mom and dad standing on those same hospital steps to introduce their little bundle of joy to the world for the first time. But those of us who were around back then can't help but remember the not-so-happy reality behind the smiles of that other royal couple of yesteryear.
That's right — I'm talking about Prince William's father and mother, Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana. Prince Charles and Princess Diana's marital misery is the stuff of legend, as is the triangle they formed with his current wife, Camilla Parker Bowles. It wouldn't take a professional astrologer to deem the ill-fated Charles and Diana "star-crossed" lovers.
In case you spent the 1980s and 90s in a cave in a coma (or were too young to care), let's have a brief recap of their love story.
Charles and Diana married when she was just 19. At the announcement of their engagement, when the press asked if they were in love Diana replied, "Of course." Charles merely mumbled, "Whatever that means." Gulp. (Shades of things to come...). Days before the wedding, Diana discovered that Charles was still involved with a married woman he'd dated years before (that's right, Camilla Parker Bowles), but felt powerless to change her fate once her sisters reminded her that her "face was on the wedding tea towels."
So Diana went through with the nuptials, hoping all would be well, but feeling like the proverbial "lamb off to slaughter" as she later explained. She soon was bulimic, suicidal, full of emotional outbursts and going to severe lengths to get Charles's attention, even throwing herself down a flight of stairs while pregnant.
Over the course of their union, she went to never-before-heard-of-extremes to "buck the palace." She had affairs. She leaked her entire story as a royal to the press in the form of a memoir (complete with her disdain for many members of the royal family, including the queen and her husband — a shocking breach of trust!).
Charles fully resumed his relationship with his old flame, and the two ultimately divorced. Diana maintained that Charles never really understood her, loved her, attended to her or wanted to be with her.
She also did lots of good: birthing and raising two boys (Princes William and Harry, like you needed me to tell you), and bringing international attention to many charities and social causes, but here, we're focusing on her relationship to Charles.
So why couldn't they work it out, with so much at stake (the hopes of their countrymen and the world, the future happiness of their children, the strength of the monarchy, and more)? Keep reading...
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