Queen's furious letter to Princess Diana that finally ended her marriage to Charles
Just weeks after Princess Diana gave her tell-all interview about the breakdown of her marriage to Prince Charles, a royal messenger arrived at her front door.
He was carrying a letter in the Queen's handwriting, bearing the crest of the House of Windsor.
The one-to-one with Martin Bashir, broadcast in November 1995, saw Diana sensationally reveal there were “three of us” in her marriage to Charles, in reference to his long-term love Camilla.
Watched by 22.8million viewers, she also described the prince’s camp as the “enemy” and said the monarchy was in desperate need of modernisation - causing huge embarrassment for the Royal Family.
And the tone of Her Majesty’s letter left Diana in no doubt about her profound annoyance with the interview, which suddenly plunged the monarchy into crisis as the public sided with her.
The Queen wrote: “I have consulted with the Archbishop of Canterbury and with the prime minister and, of course, with Charles, and we have decided that the best course for you is divorce."
Even though the couple had already been apart for three years, they hadn't technically divorced.
Diana had already insisted she didn't want a divorce, and told Bashir of her “deep, profound sadness” about their separation and that she only needed “clarity on a situation that has been of enormous discussion".
But the Queen's letter put to bed any doubt, telling Diana how things should be.
When it arrived, Diana was reportedly furious that she was being forced to agree to ...
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