At the time of the interview, Prince William was only 13 years old.
Princess Diana replied, “Well then you must see that William is very young at the moment, so do you want a burden like that to be put on his shoulders at such an age?”
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“So I can’t answer that question. ”
Mr. Bashir took the princess further on the subject.
He asked: ‘Do you wish that when Prince William comes of age he will succeed the Queen rather than the current Prince of Wales? ”
Diana said, “My wish is for my husband to find peace of mind, and from that comes other things, yes. ”
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Princess Diana News: The historic interview came at a time of great tension within the royal family and her marriage to Charles
The historic interview took place at a time of great tension within the royal family and her marriage to Charles.
Princess Diana shared her anguish over her failed marriage to Prince Charles during the revealing interview.
During the interview, the Princess of Wales admitted to having affairs after realizing her relationship with Charles had come to an end years before.
The candid confession prompted the Queen to put her foot down and ordered her son and daughter-in-law to divorce, but also sparked Princess Margaret’s fury.
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The Queen’s sister said the interview was “the ultimate act of treason”.
Royal expert Victoria Arbiter told Channel 5’s documentary ‘Princess Margaret: Rebel without a Crown’: ‘As far as Margaret was concerned, this was the ultimate act of betrayal.
“Margaret had had her own infidelities but you don’t talk about it in a public forum.
“You don’t air your dirty laundry and, more than that, you don’t throw the whole royal family, and with it the institution of the monarchy, under the bus.
“She was furious. “
Former BBC royal correspondent Jenny Bond suggested the interview cemented Margaret’s ‘unfriendly’ conduct towards Diana after years of ‘jealousy’.
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Ms Bond said: ‘I think when Diana came on the scene and Fergie, with the attention of all the UK press, she was just jealous.
“She had been the belle of the ball, she had been the one people wanted to follow.
“So I think she was jealous and disliked their behavior.
“I know that after Diana’s interview with Panorama, when she disclosed everything to Marin Bashir, Margaret was completely appalled.
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Broadcaster Ayesha Hazarika questioned Margaret’s demeanor with Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson, suggesting that her experiment in gaining public attention could have helped the two women settle as senior royals .
Ms Hazarika said: “There is a great irony in the way Margaret reacts to Diana and Sarah Ferguson.
“Of course they must have been going through a pretty scorching time in their relationship, they have a great amount of press intrusion.
“You would think Margaret, after going through all of this, could have been a little nice and a little bit benevolent, but she’s pretty tough on them.”