Exactly 18 years ago Charles, Prince of Wales, and his wife, Princess Diana formally divorced.
With a romantic envy, on 29 July 1981, television viewers worldwide watched the marriage of Prince of Wales, heir to the British throne, to Lady Diana Spencer. 600 million people flooded London’s streets in for the spectacular wedding to see Lady Diana walking in her white silk dress to St. Paul’s Cathedral.
One year later, they gave birth to their firstborn son Prince William. But 11 years after that, in 1992, the world’s tabloid media started to show the sad end of one of the most watched marriages ever, even if the first sings of a breakup started to appear in 1985.
The princess started an affair with her horse riding instructor and the Prince got back to his old and faithful flame Camilla Parker Bowles.
Charles’ adultery, formerly unknown, was only publicized in 1992 when Diana wrote a book to reveal her sadness and her desperate attempts to commit suicide on behalf of her husband’s indifference. A media scandal brewed.
In the same year, Charles and Diana announced their separation while they continued to carry out their royal duties. The divorce was formerly enacted in 1996, pushed through by Queen Elizabeth II.
People continued to love the princess for being “a queen in people’s hearts” for her interest in matters pertaining to serious illnesses and health-related matters, and especially for fund-raising and charity outside royal involvement.
On 31 August 1997, she was fatally injured in a car crash in a Parisian tunnel, which also caused the deaths of her companion Dodi Fayed and their driver.
While conspiracy theories and inquest followed to prove it was a murder rather than an accident, Prince Charles married Camilla Parker Bowlesin in April 2005.