Princess Diana and Prince Charles’s 11-year marriage was filled with scandals and affairs. However, Princess Diana experienced one of the happiest years after she gave birth to Prince Harry. Unfortunately, it did not last too long.
In 1986, Prince Charles started again a relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles. Their relationship first started in the early ’70s.
According to insiders, Princess Diana never believed that Charles and Camilla still didn’t have contact.
Diana reportedly has even found photos of Camilla in Charles’s journal during their honeymoon. Then she made the famous statement of there being “three of us” in the marriage, telling Martin Bashir in 1995, “It was a bit crowded.”
In Andrew Morton’s biography Diana: Her True Story, Princess Diana recalled: “one of the bravest moments” of her marriage. She confessed she had a confrontation with Camilla at a 40th birthday party for Camilla’s sister. It happened right after she concluded that definitely Charles and Camilla were carrying on an affair.
Nobody expected Diana to show up. She wasn’t even invited. Then Princess Diana interrupted a conversation between Camilla, Charles, and another male guest to speak to Camilla.
She looked “really uncomfortable and put her head down,” and Diana continued: “OK, boys, I’m just going to have a quick word with Camilla and I’ll be up in a minute.” The two men “shot upstairs like chickens with no heads,” Diana said, adding, “I could feel, upstairs, all hell breaking loose — ‘What is she going to do?'”
Diana’s move was exactly what she planned to do. Although she confessed that she was “terrified” of Camilla, Diana recalled staying “deathly calm.” “The voice inside me had said, ‘just go for it,'” she said in a taped conversation. “I said, ‘I know what’s going on between you and Charles and I just want you to know that.'” The princess called Camilla’s reply “very interesting”: “She said to me, ‘You’ve got everything you ever wanted. You’ve got all the men in the world fall in love with you and you’ve got two beautiful children, what more do you want?'” “So I said, ‘I want my husband,'” Diana said. “I said to Camilla, ‘I’m sorry I’m in the way . . . and it must be hell for both of you. But I do know what’s going on. Don’t treat me like an idiot.'”
Prince Charles “was over me like a bad rash, and I cried like I have never cried before,” Diana explained that after the party. After the confrontation, there was a “tremendous shift” in their relationship.
Frustrated, Diana started her own string of extramarital affairs. Eventually, Diana and Charles separated and got divorced at the behest of Queen Elizabeth II.