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He took serious interest in her as a potential bride when they were guests at a country weekend, where she watched him play polo.
"On the advice of her friends and presumably her lawyers, she is keeping her head down and saying nothing." The 45-year-old prince - in a stunning departure from royal tradition - bared his soul in the biography, which began appearing in serial form in the Sunday Times yesterday. " Charles lamented in one letter in 1986, five years into his marriage.
The Prince of Wales was racked with such doubts about his doomed marriage to Diana, Princess of Wales that he told an aide on the eve of his wedding: “I can’t go through with it,” a new biography reveals.
Catherine Mayer, whose unauthorised biography Charles: Heart of a King is published on Thursday, quotes a member of the Prince’s inner circle as saying that on the eve of the wedding in 1981 the Prince “was desperate”.
Lady Diana later told her own biographer Andrew Morton that she confided in her sisters, telling them: “I can’t marry him, I can’t do this, this is absolutely unbelievable.” They told her it was too late to pull out because “your face is [already] on the tea towels”.
But, says Mayer: “She had no idea her bridegroom also had to be coaxed to the altar.” A mutual friend of the Prince and the Duchess of Cornwall debunks the myth that they met at a polo match, and instead reveals that she introduced the two over a drink at her flat in 1971, certain that they would make a good match.
In the end it was the Queen who summed up the sentiments of the nation when she gave a speech at the reception which followed the civil ceremony and blessing at St George’s Chapel.