King Charles’ life has unfolded in front of our very eyes and it’s fair to say he has suffered a fair number of traumas and tragedies, including his recent cancer diagnosis.
Here’s everything he’s had to endure while living a high-profile life as a member of the royal family…
1 King Charles: He didn’t want to marry Princess Diana
In 1981 on July 29, King Charles III married Princess Diana. Their televised wedding was watched by 750 million people in 74 countries.
However, their fairy-tale wedding wasn’t the magical big day the public assumed. In Robert Jobson’s book, Charles At Seventy: Thoughts, Hopes And Dreams, he revealed that Charles did not want to marry Diana.
“I desperately wanted to get out of the wedding in 1981, when during the engagement I discovered just how awful the prospects were having had no chance whatsoever to get to know Diana beforehand,” Charles told Robert.
Queen Elizabeth wasn’t crazy about the idea of Diana marrying Charles.
“The Queen wondered whether anyone that young could differentiate between the man and the prince,” royal biographer Ingrid Seward said.
As a result, she believed Charles’ younger brother, Prince Andrew, was the better man for her to marry.
Princess Diana and King Charles married in July 1981 (Credit: Splashnews.com)
2 A high-profile divorce
Over 10 years after saying “I do”, it was announced on December 9, 1992, that Charles and Diana had separated. While this came as a shock to the public, they were also stunned when it was revealed that both of them committed adultery while married.
At the time, Charles had been asked by journalist Jonathan Dimbleby if he remained faithful during their marriage. He said: “Yes […] Until it became irretrievably broken down, us both having tried.”
Diana admitted that she also was guilty of the same thing, participating in an affair with Major James Hewitt.
“Well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded,” she revealed on BBC’s Panorama. She was referring to Charles’ ongoing relationship with Camilla.
While all this was going on, Queen Elizabeth suggested the pair should divorce. Their divorce was finalized in August 1996 with Diana receiving a financial settlement of approximately £17.8 million.
However, she lost her right to use the Her Royal Highness title.
3 Diana’s death left Charles feeling ‘distraught’
The world stopped when Diana tragically died on August 31, 1997, after being involved in a car crash in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris, France.
Diana was sent straight to the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital in Paris, where she was treated for her injuries. However, just hours after the incident, she died.
Charles received the news while at the Balmoral estate in Scotland with his two sons – Princes William and Harry.
In the 2017 TV documentary Diana: 7 Days That Shook the Windsors, author Tina Brown opened up about Charles’ immediate reaction.
“He was absolutely distraught,” she said. “He knew, instantly, that this was going to be a terrible thing, that he will be blamed, that they will be blamed, for the death of Diana.”
Charles’ mourned his parents with the public (Credit: Splashnews.com)