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What Charles And Diana’s Relationship Was Actually Like

Dark fairy tale, heartbreaking tragedy - the Diana and Charles relationship is often portrayed as the most toxic royal marriage in recent memory. But what's the real story behind the headlines? 

Prince Charles - heir to Queen Elizabeth II - married Lady Diana Spencer on July 29, 1981, in a televised ceremony broadcast around the world. Royal-watchers heralded the event as a fairy tale come true, one in which a pretty, young woman found her happy ending with a handsome, dashing prince. But Charles and Diana's marriage was just getting started, and it wouldn't have a happy ending. Distrust, jealousy, and infidelity rocked their marriage, and the couple drifted further and further apart. They separated and ultimately divorced in 1996. Diana passed the next year when she was involved in a horrific car crash in Paris.

While it's true that the couple experienced plenty of pain and heartbreak, their relationship was multi-layered and complex. Small moments like Charles and Diana dancing together, or bonding over their love of their sons, showed that the Prince Charles and Diana relationship had highs and lows just like any other.