It was difficult for Queen Elizabeth II and other family members to decide based on their emotions. Still, sometimes they were influenced by history, at a time when duty, loyalty, and tradition dominated the lives of the monarch and others in her family.
King Charles III’s marriage was the expected outcome when it came to assuring the monarchy’s abundance in the future. As a result of her uncle David abdicating the throne to wed twice-divorced American Wallis Simpson, the Queen has seen firsthand how disastrous the wrong choice of a mate can be to the entire family.
The line of succession would have looked very different if David had married a more suitable woman, and he would likely have had his children if he had married someone suitable.
Unsurprisingly, the old-fashioned bias against divorced people, prevalent during the Duke and Duchess of Windsor’s generation, does not seem to have gone away with Elizabeth, who died Sept. 8 at the age of 96.
When Charles Spencer first noticed Lady Diana Spencer in 1976, she was only 16 years old, not divorced, and only dating her sister Sarah, who was approaching 30 when she was first noticed.
Diana recalls seeing Charles at Althorp, her family’s Northampton estate, in 1977 and having her first impression of him be ‘God, what a sad man.’ In the interviews that made up Andrew Morton’s unauthorised 1991 biography Diana: Her True Story, Diana reveals that it was based on taped interviews.
The family was British nobility, with Diana’s father, John Spencer, serving as a viscount and Diana’s grandmothers serving as ladies-in-waiting to Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. As a child, Diana often thought about Charles’ much younger siblings, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, and how awful their lives were.
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In addition, she was married to the assistant private secretary of the Queen, Robert Fellowes. In regards to the Queen, Diana said she had known her since she was a baby, so it was no big deal for her to be around her.
Charles proposed marriage to her in February 1981 after roughly seven months of sporadic dates when he reconnected with him at a mutual friend’s house in July 1980. As Diana infamously claimed, later on, she did not receive any advice about what was expected of her once she was engaged from anyone at Buckingham Palace, not Charles, his family, or staff.
She also said that the Queen’s office did not provide any assistance in taming the press mob that was obsessed with the future princess. As Diana put it in the Morton book and her famous interview on Panorama in 1995, she blames Charles for her suffering since she expected him to be her number one.
The Prince of Wales failed to meet her expectations of a devoted husband, soon discovering this wasn’t the case. While she had bulimia, severe morning sickness and postpartum depression, Diana never directed her directly at the Queen, even in her most regretful moments.
As Diana told the Morton tapes, the Queen came out of Sandringham terrified and shaking when she threw herself down the stairs while pregnant with Prince William. A few minutes later, Charles returned from riding, and she told him it was just dismissal, total dismissal. A 2016 foreword to Morton’s book omitted Diana’s name when she looked over the manuscript, presumably in deference to the Queen Mother.