’s spectacular royal wedding is etched in the minds of all who saw it. The couple tied the knot just five months after Prince Charles proposed to 19-year-old Lady Diana Spencer. Their engagement photograph is a picture of joy but there is one unlikely fact about their engagement that the photo does not relay.
Lady Diana Spencer was still a teenager when Prince Charles popped the question.
While the king-to-be and Diana had crossed paths several times over the years they were hardly close.
In fact, when Charles proposed he and Diana had only met a total of 12 times.Princess Diana shock: The staggering revelation about engagement to Prince Charles (Image: GETTY)
A Channel 5 documentary Charles and Di: The Truth Behind Their Wedding explores the days in the lead up to Diana and Charles’s big day.
In it BBC journalist Angela Rippon reflects on the interview she conducted with The Prince of Wales and Diana following their engagement.
In the documentary, she watches the interview back and says: “I got the impression that Prince Charles was very protective towards her.
“Lady Diana was almost slumped in the chair, her shoulders were up, she was in new territory, she was out of her depth.
“Put any 20-year-old in front of a television camera and say ‘this is an interview about what could be one of the most important days of your life and it’s going to be seen by hundreds of millions of people around the world, and there’s this man standing behind the person interviewing you making sure you get it right’, wouldn’t you be nervous?
“Crikey anybody would be nervous. There’s a moment when her eye contact goes above my head and I’m assuming that’s when she’s looking at Michael.”Princess Diana shock: Lady Diana Spencer was still a teenager when Prince Charles popped the question (Image: GETTY)Princess Diana shock: They married 5 months after they announced their engagement (Image: GETTY)
She added: “With the knowledge of hindsight you read so much more into body language, what was said, looks that were given, reactions.
“That’s the value of hindsight isn’t it.”
She continued: “That expression on Diana’s face at the end speaks volumes.
“Maybe we should have read so much more into that five seconds at the end the interview.
“It might have told us so much more about what was to come.”
Another aspect explored in the same documentary is how Prince Charles behaved after he popped the question.
He proposed at Windsor castle and in a subsequent interview, Princess Diana recalled the romantic moment.
She said: “He said do you realise that one day you’ll be Queen. And I said ‘I love you so much, I love you so much’.
“He said ‘whatever loves means’. He said it then. So I thought, that was great. I thought he meant it.”Princess Diana shock: Diana's engagement party (Image: GETTY)
However, what Charles did next was entirely void of affection, according to one royal biographer.
Royal biographer Christopher Wilson said: “He didn’t pick her up in her arms and embrace or do any of the things we might do when we propose marriage to the one that we love.
“He rang his mum, simply to say there, I’ve done it now. You’ve asked me to get married to somebody and I’ve fixed it.
“What he’d done was he’d finally found a wife.”