Princess Diana did not want to divorce Prince Charles for one particular reason.
The mum-of-two said she “desperately” wanted the relationship to work and “thought they were a very good team”.
But above all, she did not want to repeat the “pattern” of her parents’ separation and put Prince William and Prince Harry through a divorce.
In her telling Panorama interview, which has resurfaced on social media, the Princess of Wales explained her expectations about married life.
She said: “I think like any marriage, specially when you’ve had divorced parents like myself, you’d want to try even harder to make it work and you don’t want to fall back into a pattern that you’ve seen happen in your own family.”
According to Diana’s friend, Kenni Rivett, she had no plans to divorce Charles until Queen Elizabeth II got involved.
Ms Rivett said Diana did ask her husband for a trial separation, but a legal dissolution of the partnership was pushed for by Her Majesty.
According to the mum-of-two’s friend, if she had the chance and was “given the choice, she would have stayed and tried to make a happy marriage”.
Prince Charles and Diana announced their separation in 1992. It took four years for the divorce to be finalised.
“After those two interviews aired and Queen Elizabeth told them to get a divorce, they didn’t have a relationship,” Deana Eppers, an avid follower and reader of the Royal Family, said.
She added: “Prince Charles and Diana had to communicate regarding the logistics of sharing their sons, but that was easily done through their assistants.”
After the divorce, Princess Diana became a global ambassador visiting Angola to highlight the ensuing violence and war-torn Sarajevo.
She died hospital as a result of injuries sustained in a car crash in the Pont de l’Alma road tunnel in Paris, France, on August 31 1997.