Prince Charles’ marriage breakdown to Princess Diana was a very public affair with the world, a testament to the rift between the two from the start.
The same sentiment was echoed by Prince Charles himself, who felt that his father, Prince Philip, was “pushing” him to marry Diana.
According to royal biographer Ingrid Seward, Charles blames his father for his disastrous marriage to the late princess.
He writes in a new book of royalty Prince Philip revealed: a man of his century, “The [Charles] told some of his friends that he felt compelled to marry Diana because Philip said, “You have to marry her or let her go. You can’t put on a … young girl [along]. She is only 19 years old. You can’t tie it up. “”
“And all the press is like, ‘Oh, that’s gonna be the next queen.’ You have to take a stand and say it won’t work, or you marry it, ”Seward continues.
“Charles… he was scared of his father and he was probably like, ‘Fine, okay. I’ll marry her if that’s what you want me to do. ”
The royal author also revealed how many of Diana’s friends thought she was a better fit for Charles’ younger brother, Prince Andrew.
“I think some of Diana’s friends thought Andrew would be more fun for her than Charles because he was really her age and he was full of fun and everything,” Seward explained.
“But Diana wasn’t interested in Andrew. It was Charles who interested him. She had been dating the Royal Family since she was little because her father and family lived in the Sandringham Estate and her father was what is known as a Queen’s Inquiry. So he was sort of in the royal household, ”he added.