The first time they saw each other , Prince Charles was 29 and Diana Spencer was only 16. It was a chance meeting but fate would have it three years later, in 1981, the couple got engaged. The world was fascinated with what seemed like a beautiful love story with a happy ending, but it did not know that behind that image of a couple announcing their wedding there was tension, doubts and obligations. Carlos arrived at that moment forced by his family to fulfill the duty he had as heir to the throne to give continuity to the family. Diana did so absorbed by the role she was accessing and excited thinking that she would be able to make her fiancé forget Camilla.
In The Diana Chronicles , Tina Brown wrote that Diana told her friends years before committing that one day she will she would marry the prince, for he would be "the only man on the planet who would not be allowed to divorce me." She later confessed to biographer Andrew Morton, author of Diana: Her True Story , that her first thoughts about Carlos were not very effusive. He remembered thinking, "God, what a sad man." Diana also revealed how difficult those early days were, how difficult dating a prince was: “It was not consistent with his courtship. He called me every day for a week, and then he didn't talk to me for three weeks. Very weird, I thought, 'Good. Well, he knows where I am if he wants me. ' The emotion when he used to call was immense and intense; the other three girls in my flat were going crazy ”. He was wrong about the divorce but he was right about everything else.
It was a brief courtship, only six months long, in which they saw very little. They were almost unknown when Buckingham Palace announced their engagement 40 years ago. "It is with the pleasure that the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh announce the engagement of their beloved son, the Prince of Wales, to Lady Diana Spencer, daughter of Earl Spencer and the Honorable Mrs. Shand Kydd," said the official statement of February 24. 1981
Diana and Carlos posed in the palace gardens. She dressed in a blue suit that matched the ring of diamonds and sapphires that she wore on her hand as a sign of engagement, the same one that Kate Middleton is now wearing, now a legend . Later, the couple gave an interview to the BBC. In it, Carlos revealed that he had asked the question only three weeks ago: “She had planned to go with her mother to Australia for quite some time, so I thought: Well, I will ask her so that she has the opportunity to think about it when she is away and decide if she can bear the whole idea, or not, as the case may be ”. However, Diana said yes "immediately." When Diana was asked how she would cope with her role, she replied, "Well, naturally, it's quite overwhelming, but I hope it's not too difficult, and with Prince Charles by my side I can't go wrong."
Prince Charles and Diana Spencer were married in St Paul's Cathedral on July 29, 1981, in London , five months after the official announcement of their engagement. The wedding was followed by 750 million people around the world through television. Thus began a story that has forever marked the British royal family and that has served as the script for dozens of books and television series . A marriage that definitively broke up when Diana gave that interview in which she revealed that there were three in her marriage . Camilla never disappeared from Carlos's life as now Diana has not been erased from their lives. Since his death, which occurred in Paris almost 24 years ago , the heir to the throne fights against his memory installed among the citizens who continue to see in it the Princess of the people. Carlos of England lives happily with Camilla Parker Bowles but in their love story they also remain, despite everything, three in the eyes of the general public.