In 1995, Princess Diana admitted that she knew Prince Charles was unfaithful to her and was sneaking around with Camilla Parker-Bowles. However, people tried to tell her that there was nothing going on.
“[Diana] knew all of this detail about Charles and Camilla, and she was constantly told by the people around [her] that she was crazy, that she was obsessed,” royal expert Emma Cooper, who worked on the CNN docuseries Diana, told Us Weekly. “It’s sort of language that has been used around women for centuries, which is, ‘You’re hysterical, you’re seeing things, you’re obsessed. There’s nothing in this, let it go.’ Well, she was right. … She was aware of everything, and yet she was constantly told that what she was seeing, she was not really seeing.”
Charles and Diana got married in 1981, but called it quits in 1992. Four years later, they finalized their divorce. Cooper believes that the late princess, who died in a car crash in 1997, didn't want to end her relationship.
“I think that even after the separation in 1992, they still carried on doing engagements. I don’t think Diana ever really wanted to truly give up,” she said. “Actually, it was the Queen in the end [that] said, ‘You’re separated. You need to get divorced.’ And I think she never, ever — did she really want to do that? Look, I don’t know. It feels to me from the evidence of all the testimony that we had in her own words, that it was hard for her.”
“On the day Diana’s divorce papers came through, she sat there on her own in Kensington Palace, and she told [royal correspondent Jennie Bond] that the one thing she wanted to do was just pick up the phone and speak to Charles and I just thought, ‘Wow,’” she continued. “Then she said, ‘Oh, but I couldn’t because I know he’d just think I was silly again.’ And I thought, ‘That’s somebody who is not walking out of a marriage without feeling emotion.’ And actually, on that day, she was also wearing her wedding ring. She was photographed with her wedding ring on. So, I don’t think she ran out of that marriage.”
Despite Charles straying from their marriage, the two were amicable — especially when taking care of their sons, Prince William and Prince Harry.
“It’s clear that he’s a good father, and it’s clear that they parented very well,” Cooper shared. “You can tell from their sons now — they’re marvelous, balanced men in spite of all the trauma that they’ve been through, so it would appear to us. … Charles and Diana had no problems bringing up their children together, whether they were together or apart, and you can see in the sort of deep love that their sons have for both of them.”
Charles and Camilla ended up getting married in 2005.