There are very few figures more iconic, polarizing, and intriguing than Princess Diana. And in the years since her passing, our fascination with her and her relationship with the royal family has only grown. Secrets and scandals have emerged in the 20-plus years since her fatal car crash, keeping a spotlight forever shining on the “People’s Princess” — and her fractured relationship with her in-laws.
Here are 15 secrets about Princess Diana’s relationship with the royal family.
The princess was manipulative — and very troubled
Not all accounts of Princess Diana paint her as a saint. Historian Sally Bedell Smith unveils the darker side of the princess’ later life in her book, Prince Charles: The Passions And Paradoxes Of An Improbable Life. In it, she reveals the emotional wreck Diana was, and how her struggle with eating disorders, paranoia, and suicidal tendencies aided in the fall of her marriage.
But all the while, Diana remained a darling in the public’s eye. Of course, all of that probably played a part in how her relationship with Queen Elizabeth II unraveled …
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