What Charles and Diana’s Relationship Was Like at the Time of Her Death

In a good place. At the time of Princess Diana’s death in 1997, she and Prince Charles were putting their past behind them and looking forward to the future.

“I think they were finally coming to find a common ground. It had been very difficult, very acrimonious,” CNN Royal Correspondent Victoria Arbiter tells Us Weekly in the September 3 episode of “Royally Us.” “I think just before she died she had really found her calling. She was excited for the future. She’d let go of the past.”

Princess Diana and Prince Charles Were Past the ‘Ugly Stage’ of Their Relationship at the Time of Her Death
Prince Charles and Princess Diana on their honeymoon at the grounds of Balmoral Castle in Scotland. Bryn Colton/Shutterstock

She adds, “Of course there were the still wobbles because it’s very difficult to coparent when you’re divorced and even more so on a public platform, but I think they had moved beyond the really ugly stage of that relationship and they were embracing what the future had in store for both of them.”

The parents of Prince William, 38, and Prince Harry, 35, separated in 1992 and finalized their divorce in 1996, which was one year before the princess died in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997 at the age of 36.

The CNN series The Windsors: Inside the Royal Dynasty takes a closer look at the Duke of Wales, 71, and Diana’s marriage as it “cuts through the drama, the soap opera nature and the salacious news headlines.”

“There’s a really nice moment in this documentary where it talks about when Prince Charles went to Paris to bring Diana home following her death. He was beyond devastated. They were officially divorced, but he did still love her. She was the mother of his children,” Arbiter tells Us. “I think they probably had matured. They let go of their ugliness and I think that the future was looking promising.”

The Windsors: Inside the Royal Dynasty airs on CNN on September 6 at 9 p.m. ET and catch Royally Us on Us Weekly’s YouTube channel every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. ET.


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