Explosive new doccie reveals Princess Diana said marriage to Prince Charles was 'hell from day one'

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Prince Charles And Princess Diana. (Photo: Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)
Prince Charles And Princess Diana. (Photo: Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)
  • Princess Diana opened up to newspaper editor Sir Max Hastings just months before her explosive 1995 Panorama interview.
  • "Yes, she did hate Charles. And when I said 'Were there ever happy times?' she said 'No, the marriage was hell from day one,'" Sir Max recalls in a new explosive documentary.
  • From Diana's marriage, her hope for William to become king and her theory there was a conspiracy to "have her put down", all will be revealed in  Diana: The Truth Behind the Interview.


In the years before her death and after her separation from Prince Charles, Princess Diana spoke openly about her unhappy marriage.

She told her close friend and rumoured lover James Gilbey that she "can't stand the confines of [her] marriage". "He makes my life real, real torture," she said in the 'Squidgygate' recordings that rocked the royal family. A few years later, during her Panorama interview with Martin Bashir she famously said: "There were three of us in this marriage," referring to Charles' affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, "so it was a bit crowded."

Three months before the 1995 interview though, in conversation with newspaper editor Sir Max Hastings, she also opened up about her marriage, reports People.

Sir Max's account will be revealed in a new documentary Diana: The Truth Behind the Interview.

"It became clear, first of all. How much she hated Charles," he recalls in the documentary. "Yes, she did hate Charles. And when I said 'Were there ever happy times?' she said 'No, the marriage was hell from day one.'"

The former editor explains Diana only had one person she was looking out for towards the end: Prince William.

"She said that all she cared about was William's succession to the throne. She said to me quite explicitly: 'I don't think Charles can do it,'" Sir Max says. "The outcome she wanted to see was for Charles to stand aside as heir to the throne and for William to occupy the throne. This was pretty dynamic stuff."

On Diana's many conspiracy theories, which he said was "for the fairies," he adds: "She asked me what I knew about a conspiracy to have her put down. I said well, 'It sounded absolutely crazy to me.' But she, I think, did believe this sort of stuff."   

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