When it comes to Princess Diana and Prince Charles‘ marriage, things get a little complicated. There’s no doubt the former royal couple were once truly in love but, sadly, the Prince of Wales and Diana — who died in a tragic car accident on August 31, 1997 — couldn’t make it work in the end.
Despite the fact that she was beloved by fans of the royal family, there was plenty of backlash surrounding her marriage with the future king of England. As their relationship continued through the years after tying the knot in 1981, royal admirers watched as their love story slipped through the cracks.
Although they weren’t meant to be, the pair did welcome two beautiful boys, sons, Prince William and Prince Harry while they were together. During a previous interview with The Sun, Harry said his parents’ 1996 divorce had a big impact on his life.
“There was the point of where our parents split and the two of us were bouncing between the two of them and we never saw our mother enough or we never saw our father enough. There was a lot of traveling and a lot of fights on the back seat with my brother, of which I would win,” he said in July 2017. “So there was all of that to contend with. And I don’t pretend that we’re the only people to have to deal with that. But it was an interesting way of growing up.”
Once Charles and Diana divorced, the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth went on to marry Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in April 2005. They recently celebrated their 15-year wedding anniversary by sharing a photo of them together on their joint Instagram account, Clarence House.
The couple’s royal palace staffers wrote, “Ahead of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall’s 15th wedding anniversary tomorrow, we are sharing this photo of Their Royal Highnesses with The Duchess’s dogs Bluebell and Beth.”
Even though Charles’ marriage with Diana failed, he didn’t let his second one end in divorce.
In honor of Diana’s birthday, scroll through the gallery below to see the British beauty’s ultimate relationship timeline with Charles.
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