Princess Diana continues to attract public attention twenty years after her untimely death. One of the biggest topics of interest is her unfortunate marriage to Prince Charles. While the couple had two wonderful children together, their marriage was marked by sadness, tragedy and missing signals. As it turned out, even the way they got engaged would cause trouble for the convicted couple. Read on to find out how Princess Diana met Prince Charles and how strangely they got engaged.
When did Princess Diana meet Prince Charles?
When Prince Charles first met a then sixteen-year-old Diana Spencer in 1977, he was actually casually dating her older sister. At the time, Prince Charles was considered one of the country's most eligible bachelors and reportedly under great pressure to find a suitable wife and settle.
However, his heart already belonged to Camilla Parker Bowles, a woman who was not considered appropriate for the future king. This meant that Prince Charles had already come to terms with the fact that this marriage would not be for love.
Yet, Spencer seemed to be the perfect candidate for his wife. She was young, of noble birth, and had no history that the royal family found inappropriate. After only a few meetings with Spencer, Prince Charles was pressured by his father, Prince Philip, to make a proposal to the young woman. Between the pressure of his father and the tireless interest of the media in his private life, Prince Charles probably felt cornered.
When did Prince Charles and Princess Diana get engaged?
At some point, Prince Charles decided that he would suggest Spencer, although he was not in love with her. On February 6, 1981, Prince Charles invited his much younger friend to his home in Windsor Castle and asked her the question.
Yet, the moment many young women dream about was not so romantic for the couple. Spencer was reportedly laughing nervously when Prince Charles asked her to be his wife. It's likely that she did not really believe that the moment was real since they were only a dozen times together and she was still very young. The young Spencer agreed with his proposal and a few weeks later their engagement was announced to the world.
The marriage of Princess Diana and Prince Charles ended in a bitter divorce.
In the weeks leading up to their wedding, signs of anger were released. In the grand engagement meeting that was part of the royal family tradition, Prince Charles was asked if he was in love with his future bride. Prince Charles replied, "Whatever love means." The moment became well-known, and the royal biographers looked back to this point in the interview as a sign that the couple should have jumped every now and then.
Their marriage seems destined to fail from the beginning and very early on they experienced tension and strife. According to reports, Princess Diana knew that Prince Charles was still in love with his former girlfriend: Parker Bowles. His infidelity was also reportedly straining her thoughts.
Her marriage lasted fourteen years before she finally split up in 1995, and her divorce was completed in 1996. Tragically, the year after her divorce, Princess Diana had no chance to find her forever.  Princess Diana and Prince Charles may have had a problematic marriage, but there were two bright spots: their sons Prince William and Prince Harry. There is no doubt that Princess Diana, if she were alive today, would be incredibly proud of her sons and their families.