Prince Charles ‘felt very pushed’ into marrying Diana by Prince Philip and did so from fear, says royal author
According to the royal biographer Ingrid Seward, Charles 'told some of his friends that he felt pressurized 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''
Some shocking revelations have come to light, regarding Princess Diana and Prince Charles' doomed marriage. According to royal biographer Ingrid Seward, who spoke to Us Weekly, the Prince Of Wales had 'felt very pushed' into marrying his now-former wife. "He told some of his friends that he felt pressurized 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,’” the writer said. “And 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 continued, “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.’”
The biographer also revealed that before Diana was linked to Charles, there had been talk about Diana being a better fit for Prince Andrew. Just a few years after her marriage to Charles, the Duke Of York married in 1986 and divorced ten years later. They share two daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.
"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.”
The author added that Diana would go with her father, John Spencer, to the house at Sandringham and “watch movies and things with [Prince] Edward and Andrew.” Charles and Diana married in 1981. Together, they welcomed sons Prince William, 38, in 1982 and Prince Harry, 36, in 1984. However, things turned sour and they separated in 1992 and were divorced by 1996. Charles married Duchess Camilla in 2005, eight years after Diana died in a tragic car crash while trying to avoid paparazzi.
Seward has explored the royal family's history in several of her books, including the relationship between Diana and Queen Elizabeth II. She also examined the relationship between William and Harry in a book 'William & Harry'. In October, Seward released a book titled 'Prince Philip Revealed: A Man Of His Century'. “I’ve always been interested in Philip and he seems a bit of an enigma,” she said. “He had bits about him, but not a great deal about him. I just knew that he’d always be in there in the background. He likes to stay in the background. If you look at any pictures of him and the queen, you’ll see that he’s always two steps behind. I’ve met him a lot of times and I thought, ‘You know, he’s someone that’s sort of a bit of an unexplored person.’”