She was said to be on good terms with Charles before her death. According to Tina Brown's book "The Diana Chronicles," released in 2008, the couple had become friends after the divorce, though Diana was said to have still had feelings for the prince. The claim has never been officially confirmed.
During Diana and Charles's Australia tour – their immensely successful royal tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1983 – the couple appeared to be very much in love.
Hasnat Khan, a Pakistani heart surgeon, and Princess Diana dated for two years, from 1995 to 1997. Diana reportedly described him as the "love of her life" to friends, and introduced him to her sons Prince William and Prince Harry.
Before Prince Charles married Princess Diana (then Diana Spencer) in 1981, he was apparently already smitten with his former girlfriend Camilla Parker Bowles (then Camilla Shand).
Camilla wasn't considered a suitable match for the Prince of Wales. Prince Charles and Camilla at a polo match in 1975. Even if Charles had wanted to settle down, he would have encountered those with serious doubts about whether Camilla was an appropriate bride for the heir to the throne.
"One of the most shocking things that Diana told me was that the night before the wedding, Charles told her that he didn't love her," Thornton said. "I think Charles didn't want to go into the wedding on a false premise. He wanted to square it with her, and it was devastating for Diana."
Jemima Khan, a close friend of the Princess and the former wife of Hasnat's distant cousin, Imran Khan, shared, "Diana was madly in love with Hasnat Khan and wanted to marry him, even if that meant living in Pakistan, and that's one of the reasons why we became friends."
The couple separated in 1992 and their divorce was finalized just one year before Diana's death on Aug. 31, 1997, when she was tragically killed in a car crash. From their lavish wedding to raising two sons in the spotlight, here is a timeline of Prince Charles and Princess Diana's relationship.
The Queen thought Diana quite suitable for Charles. “She was very much a hit with the royal family—they really warmed to her,” Chernock says. “Diana worked very, very hard to ingratiate herself and to model what she thought being a princess would entail, and she did it very successfully.”
Diana's marriage to Charles suffered due to their incompatibility and extramarital affairs. They separated in 1992, soon after the breakdown of their relationship became public knowledge. Their marital difficulties were widely publicised, and the couple divorced in 1996.
What were Princess Diana's last words? The firefighter on the scene of Princess Diana's accident revealed the last words she spoke before her death in an interview with The Independent. According to the firefighter, Xavier Gourmelon, the Princess of Wales asked: “My God, what has happened?”
Diana suffered several injuries in the crash. She had a concussion, broken arm and a cut to her thigh, according to United Press International. But her most lethal injuries were severe chest wounds. She had a tear to her left pulmonary vein that caused internal bleeding, The Independent reported.
Upon seeing the video, Chuck leaves the salon. She later goes to see him at The Empire and explains the whole story: she had an affair with Bart while he was with Elizabeth Fisher and ended up pregnant.
The ring reportedly was found in the wreckage of the Mercedes and given to Diana's sisters when they came to Paris to accompany her body back to England.
Following Diana's death in August 1997, the sapphire ring was inherited by her son Prince Harry, who eventually offered it to his older brother Prince William before he proposed to Kate Middleton with it in 2010.
He sent his son a letter advising him that it was time to make a decision: propose to Diana or let her go. Charles wanted to do the right thing for “this Country and for my family”. He proposed to Diana at Windsor Castle on 6 February 1981.
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Actors Nicole Kidman, Tom Cruise, and Tom Hanks were among the mourners at the funeral. Michael famously "bawled his eyes out" at the funeral.
Who walked behind Diana's coffin? The funeral procession included William and Harry,Prince Charles andPrince Philip, as well as hundreds of representatives of the charities Diana had been involved with.
Both Diana and Charles reportedly wanted to call off the wedding. In royal biographer Andrew Morton's Diana In Her Own Words, he wrote that Diana expressed to her sisters the Monday before the wedding that she wanted to call off the nuptials, largely do to the relationship she discovered between him and Camilla.
Despite some apparently mixed feelings, the couple started dating soon thereafter. Most of their courtship took place over the phone; they reportedly only met in person 13 times before Charles proposed marriage. Though they had a very brief courtship, Charles and Diana announced their engagement in early 1981.
Diana Had 80 Percent Chance of Survival if She Wore Seat Belt—Investigator. Princess Diana would have had an 80 percent chance of surviving the car crash that took her life if she had worn a seat belt, according to a policeman who took part in the official investigation into the tragedy.
Diana's sister has spoken of her torment that the princess was not wearing a seatbelt on the night she died. Lady Sarah McCorquodale said Diana was "religious" about buckling up and her uncharacteristic failure to do so continues to haunt her family.
Additionally, Diana, Fayed and Paul were not wearing seat belts, CNN reports. Whether Rees-Jones was wearing a seatbelt remained a question. Rees-Jones told “60 Minutes” in 2000 he did not remember anything from the crash.