Twenty years after her tragic death, Princess Diana’s relationship with Prince Charles is still a topic of conversation among people everywhere. It was no secret that they had a rocky spell which resulted in their divorce in 1996, a year before her passing.
Their troubled relationship and messy separation were subject to plenty of speculation. Despite attempts at damage control, Charles’ public image never recovered especially after he admitted to being in an extramarital relationship with his mistress, Camilla.
Charles has since not publicly spoken about his marriage with the late princess but a letter has recently surfaced to reveal how the prince truly felt after the end of his union.
Just 2 days after their official separation in 1992, the Prince of Wales penned a handwritten letter to a close friend and interior designer, Dudley Poplak, to thank him for being “hugely reassuring and comforting” during an “awful” time.
The royal also added that “‘It can be pretty awful having to live through all the misinterpretation and the flak” and “perhaps they will appreciate the things I try to do after I am dead.”
Even during such hardship, Charles seemed optimistic that he would come out strong.
“Perhaps it is part of the test that I have to go through in order to come out the other side, having been tempered in the fire,” he wrote before closing the letter and sending “countless wishes.”
This isn’t the first time that letters from Charles to his friends have mentioned his marriage to Diana. There’s another set of letters that have been causing quite a stir.
Continue onto the next page to see what the prince wrote about Diana to former First Lady Nancy Reagan.
Express reported that Prince Charles had a very close friendship with former First Lady Nancy Reagan but kept it a secret for as long as possible. In the course of their friendship, the pair exchanged plenty of letters, some of which were recently released by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library in California.
In these correspondences, Charles talked about Diana often and in one instance described their relationship as “a kind of Greek tragedy.”
“No one can really understand what it all means until it happens to you which is why it all keeps getting worse and worse. One day I will tell you the whole story,” wrote Charles.
In another letter he shared that he is fully aware of the media creating stories for profit, “I know exactly the methods these dreadful people employ to create the maximum amount of controversy and conflict by making the wildest allegations to make the maximum amount of money.”
His problems with Diana aside, perhaps the most shocking confession Charles made is found in a letter addressed to the wife of the UK Ambassador to Washington in which he admitted: ” I have fallen in love with Mrs Reagan – she is wonderful… I wanted to kiss her.”
Charles’ letters to Poplak as well as four others are currently up for auction and are expected to sell for about $400- $700 each. As for his letters to Mrs. Reagan, they will remain with the Foundation as per her wishes.
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