When Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer at St. Paul’s Cathedral, the world thought they were watching the perfect love story.
The couple’s beautiful royal wedding was watched by people from all over the world, and everyone celebrated with them by welcoming their two beautiful sons, Princes William and Harry.
And while they seemed completely in love as they smiled and waved at the cameras, things behind closed doors were very different.
The couple announced their separation in 1992 and finally divorced in 1996, the queen and prince Philip saying they were “saddened” by the decision but “understood and sympathized”.
However, things started to go wrong years before they agreed to split up, and royal experts believe there were several key moments that marked the beginning of the end.
Dickie Arbiter, a former royal press officer, believes that the marriage of Diana and Charles started to go wrong after the birth of William and Harry.
Speaking on the Documentary for channel 5 Charles and Camilla: King and queen waiting, he said, “Charles was not the full-fledged father she could have expected, and I guess it created a distance between the two.”
Vanity Fair royal expert Katie Nicholl says Diana always knew Camilla was still on the scene, and it broke her heart.
She said, “She strongly suspected that Charles was still in love with Camilla and had not let go of her. Diana felt cut off, she felt isolated, she felt betrayed.”
Another key moment in the breakdown of their marriage was during their Royal Tour of India in 1992.
Carole Malone, commentator on current affairs, explains: “Diana had asked Charles to accompany him to the Taj Mahal, the temple of love, and he refused.
“She was really hurt by this, so she wanted to go alone.”
She posed for photos, sitting on the bench outside the famous building, and told reporters that she found the visit “soothing”.
When asked to explain what she meant, Diana simply replied, “Do the math for yourself.”
After months of speculation about the upheaval behind the palace walls, the couple traveled to Korea in 1992 for what would be their last royal tour as a married couple.
Speaking about the documentary, Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine, said: “They went separately and they left separately. Her inner circle knew Camilla at the time.
“It didn’t come until later.”
Charles and Camilla officially announced their separation shortly after their return to the UK, with a statement read to Parliament, but they said they had no plans to divorce.