Did Princess Diana blame Prince Philip for her failed marriage to Prince Charles?

Prince Charles and Princess Diana were married in 1981 and their marriage seemed doomed from the start considering how little they knew of each other before Charles proposed. The couple only met a dozen times when the future king asked the question, which is something he did at the behest of his father, Prince Philip.

Many royal observers have concluded that Charles blamed Philip for forcing him to propose to Diana by telling him that his only two options were to do that or to break up with her. But what about Diana? Did she also blame Prince Philip for their unhappy marriage?

Prince Charles, Princess Diana and Prince Philip
Prince Charles, Princess Diana and Prince Philip | Tim Graham’s photo library via Getty Images

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Philip told his son to cheat on Diana

ME! Online he noted that Diana stated that her in-laws knew everything about the Charles affair and the breakup of their marriage. According to the princess, Queen Elizabeth II said Charles was “desperate,” but did not offer Diana any help or advice when he went with her about his infidelity.

The Princess of Wales also claimed that Prince Philip told his son that he could have an affair if his marriage to Diana did not work after a certain period of time.

“My father-in-law told my husband, ‘If your marriage doesn’t work, you can always go back to her after five years,'” Diana revealed in a documentary released for the twentieth anniversary of her death. “I mean, I really knew it had happened after five, I knew something was happening before that, but in the fifth year I had confirmation.”

Prince Philip, Princess Diana and Prince Charles
Prince Felipe, Princess Diana and Prince Carlos | Anwar Hussein / Getty Images

Prince Philip tried to save the marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana

Despite what Diana said Philip and the queen knew, it is believed that she did not blame either of them for their failed marriage. She reportedly even corresponded with and trusted her father-in-law after their separation in 1992.

RSVP Live reported that Philip was also candid with her and expressed what he really thought about her son’s actions, telling Diana that she was surprised when she found out that Charles wanted to leave her for Camilla.

“Charles was foolish to risk everything with Camilla for a man in his position,” he allegedly wrote in a letter. “We never dreamed that I might want to leave you for her. I can’t imagine someone in their right mind leaving you for Camilla. Such a prospect never reached our heads. ”

Princess Diana and Prince Philip
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The letter also mentions that the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen did not approve of Diana or Charles having extramarital affairs.

Philip added that he would listen and try to help in any way he could, but acknowledged that perhaps he could not save his marriage.

“I can only repeat what I said before. If you invite me, I will always do my best to help you and Charles to the best of my ability, ”the letter said. “But I’m quite ready to admit that I have no talent as a marriage counselor!”

Prince Charles and Princess Diana divorced in 1996, a year before their tragic death.

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