Prince Charles and Diana’s marriage was far from the picture perfect fairytale everyone expected it to be.
At the time of their 1981 nuptials, many dubbed Diana the ideal wife for Charles, however their union turned out to be anything but.
While their tumultuous relationship played out in the public eye, behind closed doors their eldest son, Prince William, reportedly witnessed many arguments between his parents, with Diana often in tears.
As a result the young prince is said to have lashed out at Charles in defence of his mother.
“He could not bear to hear his parents bicker any longer,” author Katie Nicholl claimed in her 2010 book, William and Harry: Behind the Palace Walls.
In fact, he was so overwhelmed he reportedly told Charles, “I hate you, Papa. I hate you so much. Why do you make mummy cry all the time?”
According to Nicholl, there were also times when William “slammed the door” whilst shouting at his father.
Throughout the difficulties in their marriage, Nicholl detailed how Diana became “increasingly dependent on her elder son”.
The young prince “would pass his mother tissues through the bedroom door as she sobbed on the other side”.
Charles and Diana would go on to formally separate in 1992, eventually divorcing in 1996. The year after, Diana tragically passed away in a car accident in Paris.
To mark the 20th anniversary of their mother’s death, royal brothers William and Harry spoke about their father, Charles, telling them the heartbreaking news.
“One of the hardest things for a parent to have to do is to tell your children that your other parent has died,” Harry said.
“But he was there for us, he was the one out of two left and he tried to do his best and to make sure we were protected and looked after.
“But, you know, he was going through the same grieving process as well.”
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