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Revealed: The 'profound misconception' about Charles and Diana's engagement

PRINCESS DIANA and Prince Charles were notoriously ill-matched – however a royal author claims that one episode during their 1981 engagement has been the subject of “profound misconception”.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles married in their spectacular royal wedding in 1981. However, much has been written about how the royal pair were ill-matched from the start. Even , Diana was upset with her new husband and the pair reportedly had blazing rows.

Penny Junor, in her 2005 book ‘The Firm’ delves into another episode early on in the Prince and Princess of Wales’ engagement.

Ms Junor wrote: “In my view, despite all the books, articles and documentaries, there is still a profound misconception about the whole sorry tale.

“[Charles’ private secretary] Michael Colborne was one of the first people the prince told his proposal to Diana.

“He was the one who organised flowers to greet her on her return form Australia where she had gone while making up her mind about marriage.”

The Prince and Princess of Wales (Image: Getty)Princess Diana and Prince Charles announced their engagement in February 1981 (Image: Getty)

The prince has asked him to send her the biggest, most fragrant bunch of flowers he could find and had handwritten a welcome home note to go with them.

They had been delivered by the prince’s police protection officer, yet years later, when the princess was talking about her rotten marriage, she threw it out as a sign of his callousness.

She told Andrew Morton: “I came back from Australia.

“Someone knocks at the door – someone from his office with a bunch of flowers.

The Queen with the newly-engaged pair (Image: Getty)

“I knew they hadn’t come from Charles because there was no note.

“It was just somebody being very tactful in the office.”

Ms Junor said: “Nothing could have been further from the truth.”

The royal author also described how before she accepted the ill-matched union.


Charles and Diana timeline (Image: DX)

She said: “At 19, she was little more than a child when she first arrived, totally unprepared fro the life that lay ahead and completely out of her depth.

“She was a romantic, an innocent, she knew nothing of life or work or relationships.

“The things she knew about were loss and rejection, the product of her parents divorce; and she had been fatally damaged by the experience.”

Ms Junor also claimed it was a book of her own that finally to tell the world her own story of the marriage.

DIana's first royal engagement as Charles' fiancee, with Princess Grace of Monaco (Image: Getty)

She wrote: “Andrew Morton wrote a riveting book the like of which has never been seen before or since.

“He once told me that he was able to write 'Diana: Her True Story' in 1992 because of one I had written the previous year which had incensed Diana.

“That book was 'Charles and Diana: Portrait of a Marriage' and in it I had said that the marriage was not a happy one for a multitude of reasons – something I had first mentioned in a biography of Charles four years earlier.

“They were leading largely separate lives with separate friends, which was sad, but that it was a successful working partnership nonetheless.

“What incensed Diana was the suggestion that, ten years into her marriage, she was happy with this situation; and she set out to tell the world what her life was really like.”

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