Prince Charles Called His Marriage to Diana a "Greek Tragedy" in Letters to Nancy Reagan
Princess Diana famously described their marriage as but Prince Charles
Bonded by their respective roles in the public eye, the pen pals traded letters for decades until the former First Lady passed away last year. The private notes then became part of the public archive at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute in California. Now, the world catches a glimpse of a close friendship — and hears the royal's unfiltered perspective.
"No one can really understand what it all means until it happens to you, which is why it all keeps getting worse and worse," he wrote of Diana on June 21, 1992—just after an unflattering biography accused him of acting cold and callous. "One day I will tell you the whole story. It is a kind of Greek tragedy and would certainly make a very good play!"
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The former actress first met the royal in 1974, when her husband was Governor of California. The two became close over the years, with Prince Charles officially visiting in 1981 and again four years later with Diana by his side.
The Prince's poignant concern for his dear friend offers a peek at their long-lasting connection. Even in 1981, he told Ronald Reagan that Nancy's charm made him "a devoted admirer for life!" That sentiment certainly held true for many years—all the way up until her passing at age 94 last March.