Princess Diana thought about Camilla a lot during her honeymoon because of Charles' actions. When she became pregnant with William, she tried to get Prince Charles' attention in a shocking way.
The late Princess of Wales had a problematic pregnancy caused by stress and lack of support and attention from her husband, Prince Charles.
Camilla, now Duchess of Cornwall, was the cause of the couple's marital woes. Here are the details about Princess Diana's pregnancy and her relationship with Prince Charles.
INSIDE DIANA'S HONEYMOON
In her biography, "Diana: Her True Story in Her Own Words," the royal recalled the bad memories from her honeymoon with Prince Charles.
She described their trip to Broadlands as the worst moment sharing that the second night there, the prince took out the Laurens van der Post novels he had not read (Van der Post was a South African philosopher and adventurer much admired by Prince Charles).
The heir to the British throne brought along seven books to what was supposed to be a romantic getaway and read them. He and the princess analyzed them over lunch daily.
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales with his arm wrapped around his wife Princess Diana, Princess of Wales during their honeymoon at Balmoral in Scotland. / Source: Getty Images
On top of that, the pair had to entertain the boardroom on Britannia, which were all people of stature, and so there was never any time on their own. The princess found it challenging to accept.
At the time, she also had bulimia as she would throw up four times a day while on the yacht, and anything she consumed made her sick minutes later. Princess Diana also went through mood swings during her first pregnancy, and her emotions were all over the place:
“I remember crying my eyes out on our honeymoon. I was so tired, for all the wrong reasons.”
Prince Charles and Princess Diana leave Gibraltar on the Royal Yacht Britannia for their honeymoon cruise on August 1, 1981. / Source: Getty Images
The couple went straight to Balmoral from the yacht, where everyone welcomed them. There came the realization for the Princess of Wales; her dreams became appalling because she dreamt about Camilla often:
“Obsessed by Camilla totally. Didn’t trust him, thought every five minutes he was ringing her up asking how to handle his marriage.”
Meanwhile, all the guests at Balmoral coming to stay starred at the princess the entire time and treated her like glass. They called her Ma'am, 'Your Royal Highness,' and they even curtseyed.
On the other hand, Prince Charles went on long walks around Balmoral during their honeymoon, and his idea of enjoyment was to sit on top of the highest hill there. He would read the book and would Jung at the princess, and she did everything to make him happy in that sense:
“He was in awe of his Mama, intimidated by his father, and I was always the third person in the room.”
The disappointed royal said she always thought the wife would come first in the marriage, but she saw that it was the total opposite in her case.
At the same time, her appearance changed drastically, and she became thinner and thinner. People started commenting on it, saying that her bones were showing. Soon, Princess Diana started to cut her wrists as she was in a terrible state.
She sought help in London and got put on high doses of Valium and other medications. After that, she began telling the health professional what she needed, but they insisted she needed pills.
DIANA'S DIFFICULT PREGNANCY WITH PRINCE WILLIAM
Soon after, Princess Diana learned she was pregnant, and she was excited about it. The royal couple then headed to Wales for three days for their visit, and that was a culture shock for the mom-to-be who said:
“Wrong clothes, wrong everything, wrong timing, feeling terribly sick, carrying this child, hadn’t told the world I was pregnant but looking grey and worn and still being sick. Desperately trying to make him proud of me.”
The Princess of Wales, Diana, with Jehan Sadat, wife of the Egyptian president at Hurghada International Airport on August 15 1981. / Source: Getty Images
Princess Diana made a speech in Welsh, and she mentioned that her husband was more nervous than she was. Moreover, the princess never got praise for it from him and realized that it was normal.
But on the other hand, her sickness worsened. The royal cried a lot in the car and could not get out because she could not cope with the crowds. Prince Charles told her to get a grip, and although he tried his best to push her to do the work, it came at a price.
Princess Diana in Gibraltar for her honeymoon with her husband Prince Charles on August 1, 1981. / Source: Getty Images
Princess Diana lacked energy because she was sick with bulimia and had no support from the Prince of Wales. She even had insomnia:
“Couldn’t sleep, didn’t eat, the whole world was collapsing around me. Very, very difficult pregnancy indeed.”
Diana, Princess of Wales, wearing a maternity dress while pregnant with Prince William, during a Polo match on May 15, 1982 in Hampshire, United Kingdom. / Source: Getty Images
She had to go through all of that, including her morning sickness. "People tried to put me on pills to stop me from being sick. I refused. So sick, sick, sick, sick, sick" said the princess, adding "and this family's never had anybody who's has morning sickness before."
Whether at Balmoral, Sandringham, or Windsor, the royal had to go out, and she either fainted or became sick. It was embarrassing for her because she was not knowledgeable about it but knew it was morning sickness:
“So, I was ‘a problem,’ and they registered Diana as a ‘problem.' ‘She’s different. She’s doing everything that we never did. Why? Poor Charles is having such a hard time.’”
Prince Charles and Princess Diana while 6 months pregnant with Prince Harry sitting on a wooden bench during a photocall in the garden of their home at Kensington Palace on June 12, 1984 in London, United Kingdom. / Source: Getty Images
THE ACCIDENT ON THE STAIRS
In 1981, she spiraled out of control and did the most unthinkable when she was still pregnant with the couple's first child, as a cry for help:
“I threw myself down the stairs. Charles said I was crying wolf, and I said I was so desperate, and I was crying my eyes out, and he said, ‘I’m not going to listen. You’re always doing this to me. I’m going riding now.’”
Prince Charles and his wife Princess Diana at the Chelsea Flower Show in May 1984 in London. / Source: Getty Images
"The Queen comes out, absolutely horrified, shaking - she was so frightened," Princess Diana continued. "I knew I wasn't going to lose the baby; quite bruised around the stomach.
As her spouse returned from riding, "it was just dismissal, total dismissal." Meanwhile, her butler Paul Burrell said he heard "an enormous clutter on the wooden staircase" one day when he was home with the princess.
Upon reaction, Burrell followed the noise down and found her halfway down, faking a tumble when she was carrying Prince William.
In an interview with Channel 5' "The Royal Family: Scandals at the Palace," he said he was sure the royal staged the fall and that she would never hurt her unborn baby:
“There’s no way on this planet that she would put at harm her unborn baby, but she wanted attention.”
The 63-year-old said the princess only resorted to such an act because she felt she had no voice. "She was trapped inside the Palace, and people didn't know her plight," said Burrell.
The story first made headlines in 1992, and the princess was only four months pregnant at the time. The incident occurred just months after she and Prince Charles wed in July 1981.
MOTHERHOOD BEFORE MONARCHY
The couple eventually welcomed their first son Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, in June 1982. Prince Charles was 33, and Princess Diana was 20 when they showed off their bundle of joy on the steps of the Lindo Wing at London's St. Mary's Hospital.
The proud father admitted they had drawn up a list of names but argued over it. Burrell revealed the prince's choice of names was Arthur or Albert and that without the princess, they would not have William.
Princess Diana and Prince Charles pictured with their sons Princes Harry and William on May 6, 1998 during their visit to Venice, Italy. / Source: Getty Images
For Princess Diana, children came before royal duties and tradition, which was not ideal for the monarchy, according to the Mirror.
Motherhood before the monarchy was not the way royal women had previously behaved. In 1983, she insisted on taking nine-month-old Prince William on their first royal tour to Australia.
The young royal never left his mother's side, and less than two years later, the Prince and Princess of Wales announced they were expecting another baby.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana with their son Prince William at his first official photo-call in the garden on December 14, 1983 at Kensington Palace, London. / Source: Getty Images
Just like her first pregnancy, she suffered from intense morning sickness. Meanwhile, her spouse had high hopes that they were having a baby girl this time around.
In her book, Andrew Morton claimed the princess did not tell the prince that she knew that she was having another boy because she got a clue from the scan:
“I knew Harry was going to be a boy because I saw on the scan. Charles always wanted a girl. He wanted two children, and he wanted a girl.”
Prince Charles and Princess Diana photographed at home with their sons Prince William and Prince Harry on December 1986, in Kensington Palace, London / Source: Getty Images
Princess Diana confided in people she trusted that she and the future king of England were the closest during her second pregnancy. Eventually, the pair's youngest son, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, arrived in September 1984.
The siblings kept the palace staff on their toes, and with their mother, they were like The Three Musketeers against the world. The mom of two wanted her boys to treat staff like family and for the house to be harmonious.
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