Early on there were signs that Prince Charles and Lady Diana weren’t exactly head over heels for each other. When the pair were interviewed after their engagement announcement, they were asked if they were really in love. “Of course,” Diana responded quickly. But Charles had a different answer: “Whatever ‘in love’ means.”
Really, the wedding should have never gone ahead. Many interviews and biographies published later mention that neither Diana nor Charles wanted to do it, both of them fearing or knowing that they’d made a terrible mistake in getting engaged. But the media circus was huge, the wedding merchandise was flying off the shelves and they had no choice. On July 29, 1981, they were wed.
The wedding ceremony was billed as something “fairy tale,” but the average spectator had no idea what was going on behind the scenes. It was worse than anyone could have guessed. Not only were Charles and Diana incompatible, but there was also a third person involved. Diana would, for the rest of her marriage, be competing with Camilla Parker Bowles, the woman her husband actually loved.