Although the world saw their romance as one for the storybooks – Prince Charles and Princess Diana tied the knot in 1981 without knowing each other very well and having little in common. After their divorce in 1992 and the subsequent divorce in 1996, the prince and princess spoke openly that their wedding day was one of the worst days in their lives.
But still – it all looked picturesque from the outside to look inside. The princess was young and virgin, and her beauty and massive 12-carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire ring captured the world’s attention. However, we now know that the marriage between Prince and Princess of Wales collapsed before it even began. This is how Prince Charles introduced Princess Diana.
How did Prince Charles propose to Princess Diana?
When Prince Charles asked Princess Diana to be his wife, it was not a romantic occasion. The couple barely knew each other, and the prince still struggled with his former girlfriend (and now his wife), Camilla Parker Bowles. Although their alleged fairy tale blinded the world – Princess Diana remembered being shocked by the proposal. Before her death, the People’s Princess spoke to author Andrew Morton, who wrote Princess Diana : Her True Story – In Her Own Words. She remembered it
He said, “Will you marry me?” And I laughed. I remember thinking, “This is a joke,” and I said, “Yes, OK,” and laughed. He was deadly serious. He said, “You realize you will be queen someday.” And a voice said to me: “You will not become a queen, but you will play a heavy role.” So I thought “OK,” so I said, “Yes.” I said, “I love you so much, I love you so much.” He said, “Whatever love means.”
Princess Diana’s engagement ring
When Prince Charles reluctantly asked his former wife for her hand in marriage, he didn’t even have an engagement ring. Instead, the princess chose her own ring from a Garrard catalog. She immediately fell in love with the sapphire ring with 12 carat, surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds and set in 18-carat white gold. The future King of England has deposited $ 37,000 for the beautiful piece of jewelry, although many people were horrified that the princess had chosen her ring from a catalog.
The ring was not a diamond, and it was certainly not one of a kind. Fortunately it has become a beloved symbol over the years and ends up on the ring finger of Kate Middleton, the daughter-in-law of the deceased princess. The ring is now worth $ 500,000.
Why was Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s marriage so unhappy?
We now know how much Princess Diana and Prince Charles had to endure in order to remain in the eye of the citizen. However, as Royal Biographer Penny Junor describes it,
[Princess Diana] was just bitterly unhappy, she was disappointed in her marriage as Charles was a car accident from the start. When Charles and Diana came together, it seemed that this was the most perfect match, but Diana’s childhood had been very difficult and the happy, happy community she presented to the world was nothing more than a gift. Charles was a very complex character and the two were about the worst match you could have made.