The four words Prince Charles said that left Princess Diana “traumatized”

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Forget for a moment what you know about how things turned out for Prince Charles and his first wife, the late Diana, Princess of Wales, and remember, instead, their fairytale wedding, which was watched by close to 30 million people all over the world. The first-born son of Queen Elizabeth II could have married anyone, presumably, but he chose Diana, a beautiful, soft-spoken school-teacher more than a decade younger than him. They’d met years earlier, but their romance bloomed quickly in the wake of the death of his beloved uncle, Lord Mountbatten. As Diana offered comfort to Charles, he suddenly saw her in a new light.

However, that new light may not have been “love.” In fact, a glance back at the first interview Charles and Diana gave after their engagement had been announced in 1981 reveals an awkward moment that might have revealed everything there was to know about their upcoming union. Learn the secrets you didn’t know about Prince Charles’ and Diana’s wedding.

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When the interviewer asked the couple if they were in love, Charles turned to Diana as if to see what she would say. “Of course,” she scoffed before glancing away. Charles then said, “Well, whatever in love means.”

Whatever. In. Love. Means.

That’s what he said, and many probably thought, “how adorably demure” or “such witty banter.” But it wasn’t adorable or witty—it was Charles likely revealing his true feelings for Diana, or rather, his lack thereof.

“That threw me completely,” Diana remarked much later, after the couple’s dirty laundry had been publicly aired. “It absolutely traumatized me.” What may have made it even worse was that Diana didn’t know exactly what the problem was. She merely knew her husband-to-be’s comment seemed odd. Even when Diana discovered, just weeks before her wedding, a bracelet Charles had made for Camilla Parker Bowles, the woman he’d always loved and to whom he’s now married, she had trouble processing it.

Of course, Diana eventually came to understand and accept that Charles didn’t love her, certainly not the way he had loved Camilla. Eventually, the rest of the world followed suit when Diana and Charles went on to separate in 1992 and divorce in 1996. Next, find out the secrets about Princess Diana we only learned after her death.

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EMBARGOED TO 0001 Sunday July 23, 2017. NO USE AFTER MONDAY JULY 31, 2017. NEWS EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO USE ON THE FRONT COVERS OF ANY UK OR INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINES. NO COMMERCIAL USE (including any use in merchandising, advertising or any other non-editorial use including, for example, calendars, books and supplements). This photograph (whose copyright is vested in the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry) is provided to you on condition that you will make no charge for the supply, release or publication of it and that these conditions and restrictions will apply (and that you will pass these on) to any organisation to whom you supply it. All other requests for use should be directed to the Press Office at Kensington Palace in writing. This photograph released by Kensington Palace, from the personal photo album of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, shows the princess and Prince Harry on holiday and features in the new ITV documentary ‘Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy’, which airs on ITV at 21.00hrs on Monday 24th July.

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