A new book by royal biographer Sally Bedell Smith claims that Prince Charles and Princess Diana were suffering marital strife long before their separation became public. The author writes that there were a number of factors that led to their break-up, including Princess Diana’s “reluctance to take prescribed medication.”
Charles was reportedly hesitant to marry Diana, and Smith claims that he finally proposed at his father, Prince Philip’s, request. She also writes that a few of Charles’ friends warned him against marrying the young socialite as he was twelve years older than her.
People reports that in a previously untold tale, Smith claims, “Charles even cried the night before his wedding as he was still torn over his love for his ex-girlfriend Camilla Parker-Bowles.” Even their honeymoon was marred by bickering, and Princess Diana was constantly in fits of tears.
Diana was prescribed Valium, but Smith states that she stopped taking the drug because she believed that Charles was trying to “control her.” The author also writes that though Elizabeth and Philip noticed Diana’s mood swings and their son’s strained marriage, they did not discuss it.
Though Charles was affected by the princess’ early death, he was also aware of the public’s adoration of the young royal. Smith even writes that he asked his friends, “They’re going to blame me aren’t they?”