It's no secret that Prince Charles and Princess Diana had a tumultuous marriage. In a new interview with Us Weekly, royal biographer Ingrid Seward claims the pair were mismatched from the start. The Prince of Wales reportedly “felt he’d been very pushed into marrying” Princess Diana by his father, Prince Phillip.
According to Seward, Charles, now 71-years-old, told "some of his friends that he felt pressured into marrying Diana because Philip said, ‘You’ve either got to marry her or let her go. You can’t string a young girl [along]. She’s only 19. You can’t string her along.'”
Not only was Charles feeling the pressure from his own father, the British press had become fascinated with his relationship with Diana. “All the press is saying, ‘Oh, this is going to be the next queen.’ You’ve got to take a stand and say that this is not going to work, or you marry her," Seward added. “Charles—he was frightened of his father and he probably thought, ‘Well, OK. I’ll marry her if that’s what you want me to do.’”
As Seward tells it, the royals inner circle felt Diana would've been a better match for either Charles' younger brothers, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. The younger princes were much closer in age to Diana, who was 13 years younger than her husband. Diana's family lived on Queen Elizabeth's Sandringham estate, as well, and the late princess would “watch movies and things with [Prince] Edward and Andrew" when they were young.
“I think some of Diana’s friends thought that Andrew would be more fun for her than Charles, because he was very much her age and he was full of fun and everything else,” Seward explained. “But Diana wasn’t interested in Andrew. It was Charles she was interested in. She had been around the royal family ever since she was a little girl because her father and her family lived on the Sandringham Estate and her father was what’s called an inquiry to the queen. So, he sort of was in the royal household.”
As we all know, Charles and Diana did end up together. They tied the knot in 1981 and, ultimately, divorced 1996. Just one year later, Diana tragically passed away.