Inside the Queen’s complicated relationship with Princess Diana


Diana sadly insisted later that she had received little advice from anyone at Buckingham Palace – not Charles, or his family, or their staff – as to what was expected of her once that she had become engaged, and she stated that the queen’s office had not provided her with any assistance. taming the press crowd that had become obsessed with the future Princess of Wales overnight.

But in Morton’s book and his infamous 1995 interview with Martin Bashir on the BBC PanoramaDiana places the blame for her suffering on Charles, having expected to be her No. 1 priority, but soon discovering that would not be the case, with the Prince of Wales failing to live up to her expectations of a devoted husband.

Even in her saddest moments, Diana apparently never expected much more than she got from her in-laws – and she never directed her anger expressly at the Queen, even remembering feeling so alone as she struggled with bulimia, severe morning sickness and postpartum depression. .

When she threw herself down the stairs at Sandringham while pregnant with Prince William, “the queen comes out completely horrified, trembling – she was so scared,” Diana shared in Morton’s tapes. Charles, she continued, “went out on horseback and when he came back, you know, it was just a dismissal, a total dismissal.”

In a 2016 preface to the 25th anniversary edition of her book, Morton wrote that Diana had said “the queen” in the strips but, upon reviewing the manuscript, “she changed the text and inserted the queen’s name mother, presumably out of deference to the sovereign.”


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