Princess Diana was loved by an entire country, possibly even the world. But how did those who felt closest to her feel? The queen has never been one to shy away from her opinion. It is clear that she approved Diana in the beginning, but after years of troubled marriage and royal tension, how did the queen feel about Diana? Keep reading to take a look at the relationship between Diana and Queen Elizabeth II.
The queen approved of Prince Charles’ marriage to Princess Diana
Although the Queen never told Prince Charles directly that he would marry Diana, she made it clear that she approved her. Diana was young and beautiful, her parents had wealth and ties with the royal family, and she was considered a virgin. (Camilla, on the other hand, was seen as a woman with a history.) The queen saw Diana as someone who could easily be formed into royal life.
Queen Elizabeth offered Princess Diana comfort- for a time
Diana struggled the first few months of her marriage and the queen had empathy for her. Diana would often meet the queen, seeking her advice, and greatly appreciated the support she received. She once told Ingrid Seward, author of The Queen and Di: The Untold Story: “I have the best mother-in-law in the world.”
Initially, the Queen accepted Diana’s regular visits because it seemed to really help her. But as Diana became more and more emotional, often crying during her entire visit, the queen began to fear the encounters.
In the documentary Diana: In Her Own Words, it was revealed that Diana went to the queen in 1996 to ask for advice on her unloving marriage. However, the queen was less than helpful. “I went to the top lady and said,” I don’t know what to do, “Diana said. “She said,” I don’t know what to do. “And that was it. That was ‘help’.”
Princess Diana collaborated on a tell-all book
In 1992 the book Diana: Her True Story was published. Although it was only confirmed after her death, it was assumed that Diana had contributed to the story. The book offered a disturbing look into her marriage and the royal family. The queen was surprised that Diana would air their dirty laundry that way.
Princess Diana was the one person Queen Elizabeth never learned to handle
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The queen once compared Diana to a “nervous racehorse,” who needed careful treatment, not strict discipline. But in reality the queen never really learned how to save Diana. When she was criticized, Diana took it hard and often reacted as if the family bumped into her. But when the queen gave her freedom and allowed her to ignore the protocol, Diana got out of hand.
Diana was both a blessing and a problem for the queen. The public loved her, and she softened the image of the royal family, something that was desperately needed at the time. But she also caused problems by refusing to follow the protocol and simply not being happy. In the end, it was the queen who recommended Charles and Diana divorce.
The queen was heartbroken by Princess Diana’s death
Diana’s death shocked the public and the royal family, but the members of the royal family expressed their emotions behind closed doors. The queen was criticized for failing to grasp the mood of the country during her speech to the nation. Many reports, however, say that the queen was deeply touched by the death of Diana and recognized it as a major loss to the country.
In a letter written after the death of Diana, the queen wrote: “It was indeed terribly sad and she is a great loss to the country. But the public response to her death and the service in the Abby seem quite inspiring having united people around the world. “