Heritage

Charles and Diana Only Met 12 Times Before Getting Married

And more revelations from CBS's documentary.
IMAGE Getty
Comments

Princess Diana—then Diana Spencer—and Prince Charles barely knew each other before they were married, CBS's upcoming primetime special reveals. Produced by the 48 Hours team and anchored by Gayle King, Princess Diana: Her Life, Her Death, The Truth will explore Diana's legacy, the night of her death, and her much-publicized troubled marriage.

"Charles and Diana had only been together—literally, as in really met—twelve times before they got married," Susan Zirinsky, senior executive producer on the two-hour special, told ELLE.com. This is one of several surprising revelations about their marriage contained in the special. Despite their short courtship and their 1996 divorce, Zirinsky says that the royal couple had a true connection: "[Diana's friend] Lana Marks tells us that towards the end, Diana told her, 'I really have only loved one man, and that's Charles.'"

The CBS special, which is one of several forthcoming documentaries that will mark the 20th anniversary of Diana's death, will also focus heavily on how her legacy has lived on through her sons, William and Harry. Following the recent launch of the princes' Heads Together campaign, designed to boost awareness and reduce stigma around mental health, Zirinsky says that she "re-ordered" the special to emphasize "the legacy that the princes have carried on. I felt that Diana came to realize that her work was empowering to her, and that she saw there could be a purpose to her life. She may not have had the crown, but I think she showed the world that power doesn't come from a crown—it comes from your heart."

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

Comments
About The Author
Emma Dibdin
View Other Articles From Emma Dibdin
Comments
Latest Stories
 
Share
Look closely to see what these furry friends are made of.
 
Share
Harry Potter-themed airport displays, a newly awarded Michelin star restaurant, and the only rooftop bar in the world that serves its own tea-infused spirits.
 
Share
Meet the chefs behind the excellent dishes at some of the city's top hotels.
 
Share
The Duke recalled his own experience graduating from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
 
Share
Plus everything we know about the movie so far, from the premiere date to which characters aren't coming back.
 
Share
The tradition of the royal holiday greeting has changed over time.
 
Share
It's Meghan Markle's first royal Christmas card!
 
Share
Why skiing Australia should be on everyone's travel bucket list.
 
Share
During the holidays this seaside town transforms into a dreamy cold-weather escape.
 
Share
These powerful duos are making big changes in the fields of education, transportation, beauty, art, and design.
Load More Articles
CONNECT WITH US