The shocking revelations made by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in that infamous interview they gave to Oprah Winfrey are still part of the conversation all around the world. Both the Duke and Duchess of Sussex went on to discuss topics such as their senior roles, but Prince Harry did more than that, while proving that he really is Lady Di's offspring.
In the same fashion, Harry went on to speak out about the royal family, including terrible episodes such as Meghan's suicidal thoughts and racism from some royal members. Nonetheless, one of the most chilling moments from the interview was when he asserted he had fears of history repeating itself, giving a nod to the terrible accident in which Diana lost her life.
It is widely known that the Princess of Wales had a very complicated relationship with the royal household. Throughout her life in the palace, Diana devoted her time and efforts to philantropy and charity work. However, her relationship with royals crumbled little by little, and her marriage with Charles showed problems after 15 years together. Here's five times Princess Diana spoke out about the royal family.
That time when she had royal doubts
Diana and Charles got married in 1981, at St. Paul's Cathedral in London; and back then, their union was dubbed “the wedding of the century”. But this was certainly not going to be a fairy tale, as per told by Diana. She told a reporter that she ultimately experienced a lot of doubt before tying the knot, and said “the day I walked down the aisle at St. Paul's Cathedral, I felt that my personality was taken away from me, and I was taken over by the royal machine”.
She knew she'd never become a Queen
Diana was a favorite with people all over the world, but she knew that was not a guarantee to become queen ever. At one point, Diana said “I'd like to be a queen of people's hearts, in people's hearts, but I don't see myself being the queen of this country. I don't think many people will want me to be queen. Actually, when I say many people, I mean the establishment that I married into because they have decided that I'm a non-starter.”
In the exclusive interview she did with Martin Bashir, she obviously called the royals an establishment, and not a family. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry did the same, recently, when they referred to the household as the “Firm” and/or “institution.”
She had zero support from the family
In Andrew Morton's biography of Princess Diana, published in 1992 and titled “Diana: Her True Story”, the author recounts several episodes in which she made stunning confessions through tapes she recorded to the journalist. Back when she was newly engaged, she told him “I cried because I had no support from Charles and no support from the Palace press office. They just said, 'You're on your own, so I thought, 'fine'.”
She even went on to tell Bashir, as far as what was expected of her as the role of the princess: “I was not daunted by the responsibilities that that role creates. It was a challenge, it is a challenger... The most daunting aspect was the media attention, because my husband and I, we were told when we got engaged that the media would go quietly, and it didn't; and then when we were married they said it would go quietly and it didn't; and then it started to focus very much on me, and I seemed to be on the front of a newspaper every single day, which is an isolating experience, and the higher the media put you, place you, is the bigger the drop.”
She even went on to say some things that proved she had to maneuver through the spotlight on her own. “... then here was a situation which hadn't ever happened before in history, in the sense that the media were everywhere, and here was a fairy story that everybody wanted to work. And so it was, it was isolating, but it was also a situation where you couldn't indulge in feeling sorry for yourself: you had to either sink or swim. And you had to learn that very fast.”
She knew about Prince Charles' affair with Camilla Parker
Diana and Charles separated in 1992, finally divorcing four years later. Then, Camilla and Charles got hitched in a civil ceremony on April 9 at Windsor Castle, in 2005. Curiously, this was the same date in which Prince Philip passed away sixteen years later.
When Bashir asked about why her marriage to Charles ultimately fell apart, she didn't hesitate and decidedly made it clear that she knew of other parties in their relationship (did someone say Camilla Parker Bowles?). Then, she made this statement: “well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.”
Never-ever badmouthed The Queen
No matter how difficult it was for her to establish a healthy relationship with the royal family, she never had anything bad to say about Queen Elizabeth II. According to Morton, “she made a number of alterations, of fact and emphasis, but only one of any significance a change which gives an insight into her respect for the Queen.” As for Meghan Markle, she was very careful to detail to Oprah how the Queen has been nothing but welcoming into the family with open arms.She even made an effort to clarify that it wasn't the matriarch who had a problematic conversation with Harry about Archie's skin tone.
Princess Diana wanted to live for herself
When she had a conversation with Morton about what her life would be after her failed marriage, Princess Diana said: “From now on, I am going to own myself and be true to myself. I no longer want to love someone else's idea of what and who I should be. I am going to be me.”