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The Moment Princess Diana Discovered Prince Charles Was Having An Affair

If you've ever seen the film 'Love Actually,' you probably had a major pang of sympathy for Karen (Emma Thompson) when she cried alone in the bedroom after opening her Christmas gift. Earlier when she was hanging her husband's coat, she found Harry (Alan Rickman) had a jewelry box with a lovely necklace in the pocket.

The wife assumed her usually unromantic husband did good this year, only to be disappointed when she sat with the family under the tree and unwrapped a Joni Mitchell CD. She realized the necklace was for someone else (Harry's attractive young secretary).

As they say, art imitates life. Another famous British lady went through a similar ordeal in her own real life, and it was the first moment she realized her husband had given his heart to someone else. That woman was the late Princess Diana, and her biographer shared the heartbreaking story that Diana told him before her death in 1997.

Diana's biographer, Andrew Morton, had been collaborating with the princess extensively after she and Prince Charles were divorced. Diana was very eager to share her side of the story and spent a lot of time recording her thoughts on tapes, which she delivered to the biographer.

He published his blockbuster, 'Diana: Her True Story -- In Her Own Words' in 1997, shortly after Diana died in a tragic car crash.

Twenty years later, Morton released the tapes, allowing even more personal details to be made public.

Many of Diana's heartbreaking tales revolved around her husband's mistress, Camilla Parker Bowels. Camilla and Charles met first in 1971 and the two dated for about a year, but their timing was off. Charles had joined the Royal Navy and shipped out. Camilla married Andrew Parker Bowles before Charles returned.

The young prince then sought his own bride and settled on Diana, who was only 19 when they met. But Charles' heart always belonged to Camilla.

In one tale, Diana shares that she got a major red flag when she found a special gift in the office of one of Prince Charles’s employees.

"I walked into this man's office one day and I said, 'Ooh, what's in that parcel?' And he said 'Oh, you shouldn't look at that'," Diana recounted in the interview. "So I opened it and there was the bracelet. I was devastated, and I said 'Well, he's going to give it to her tonight'. So rage, rage, rage. You know, 'Why can't you be honest with me?' But no, absolutely cut me dead."

"It was as if he’d made his decision, and if it wasn't going to work, it wasn't going to work," Diana added.

The bracelet was engraved with the letters G and F, which stood for 'Gladys' and 'Fred'. These were Camilla and Charles' nicknames for each other. Camilla was spotted over the years, even before Charles and Di got divorced, wearing the sentimental trinket in public.

Years later, reflecting on the incident, Diana said, "I was still too immature to understand all the messages coming my way."

Camilla was divorced just one year before Charles and Diana split up. An explosive recording of a phone call between the two lovers was leaked to the media, and was a huge embarrassment to the royal family.

For Charles and Camilla, things seemed to work out. Eventually they were married and Camilla was named Duchess of Cornwall. However, their relationship has always been overshadowed by the heartbreaking things they put Diana through.

Source: The Sun
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