Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana’s divorce is one of the most talked about and controversial of all time. The pair appeared to be the perfect couple after marrying in 1981, but the fairytale came crashing down when they divorced 15 years later in 1996 – just a few months before Diana was killed in a car crash.
And now, a new TV series is set to tackle the complicated story of the royal couple. US anthology show Feud, which will air on Fox in the UK, is headed by the director of musical series Glee, Ryan Murphy, who has plans to dramatise their relationship on the second series of the programme. Their relationship will be covered in a ten-part season, which will air in 2018.
Charles and Diana’s divorce was dogged by rumours of infidelity on both sides before their eventual split, with Diana infamously claiming in one TV interview that, “There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.” Charles was also linked to Camilla Parker Bowles at the time, who he eventually went on to marry in 2005.
During an interview on BBC show Panorama, Diana also spoke out at the time saying that, “Yes, I was in love with him. But I was very let down by him.”
Then, on 20th December 1995, a statement was put out by Buckingham Palace that the Queen had written letters to both Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, advising them to divorce.
After their seperation was finalised in August 1996, Diana allegedly received a settlement payment of £17 million, and a further £400,000 a year, and the couple signed a confidentiality agreement stating that neither of them could discuss the details of their marriage or divorce.
It was then just a year later that the ‘People’s Princess’ was killed in a car accident in Paris, in August 1997. At the time, their children Prince William and Prince Harry were just 15 and 12 years old respectively.
It was a turbulent divorce so this series is sure to be an interesting watch.
And Feud isn’t the only show set to unearth the couples marriage. Netflix show The Crown, plans to centre their fourth and fifth season around their relationship, but will introduce Diana towards the end of season three. It’s likely that the fourth season will air sometime in 2018 too.
The first and current series of Feud will air on Sunday night in
the US, and will tackle the long-standing rivalry between Bette Davis
and Joan Crawford, who will be played by Jessica Lange and Susan
Sarandon. Their bitter feud apparently began on the set of ‘Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?‘, the 1962 film.