Diana gathered all her courage to confront the woman who was the reason for the trouble between her and her husband, Prince Charles.
When Prince Charles announced his union with Diana, the world rejoiced and welcomed their princess with open hearts. Their marriage was supposed to be just like one of those fairytales that Diana had grown up reading but it wasn't "happily ever after". Her 11 years of marriage with the Prince was a rollercoaster ride of betrayal, heartbreak, and emotional wreckage.
Since the beginning, Diana wasn't alien to Prince Charles' relationship with then-Camilla Parker Bowles. After she tied the knot with the Prince, she had her doubts about their affair which was later confirmed when she found out that her husband had gifted a bracelet to Camilla, engraved with the letters “G” and “F," as reported by the Cheat Sheet. The initials stood for “Gladys” and “Fred." It was the nickname Princess Charles and Camilla had given each other.
With Prince William's birth Diana had hopes that her failing relationship with her husband could be mended but in vain. The Prince had already reconciled his relationship with Camilla by then, dawning the royal affair. In the infamous interview of 1995 with Martin Bashir, Diana hinted on her crumbling relationship with her husband saying there were "three of us" in the marriage and that "It was a bit crowded."
The secret affair wasn't a secret after all and Diana wasn't the one to sit back and watch her man being taken away from her. She decided to confront the third individual in their life and called it “one of the bravest moments” of her marriage. The venue was perfect for the confrontation, it was at the home of Lady Annabel Goldsmith in London where Annabel Elliot, Camilla's sister's 40th birthday party was being celebrated.
Diana confessed that nobody expected her in the "ghastly" but eventful night of 1989, not even the Prince. “He [Charles] needled me the whole way down to Ham Common, trying to bait me,” she continued, “‘Why are you coming tonight?’ Needle, needle, needle the whole way down. I didn’t bite, but I was very, very on edge,” reported The Mirror.
In a secretly taped recording at Kensington Palace in 1991, she revealed to her friend that she had already decided on the way she would greet Camilla and that it was her "big step." She said, "I walk into the house and stick my hand out to Camilla for the first time, and think ‘phew got over that.’”
She revealed that at a certain point Prince Charles and Camilla went missing and it "disturbed her". Nonetheless, she went to search for her husband. Revealing her innermost thoughts she said, “I know what I’m going to confront myself with,” and continued, “They tried to stop me from going downstairs. ‘Diana, don’t go down there.' I’m just going to find my husband," she replied.
She found Camilla, Prince Charles, and another man in deep conversation which Diana referred to as a "happy little threesome."
“I thought, all right, this is your moment, so I went and sat down and joined in the conversation as though we were all best friends,” she revealed and continued, “And I said, ‘Camilla, I’d love to have a word with you, if possible,’" to which Camilla replied with an "‘Oh yes, all right,’" but quite uncomfortably.
In the controversial biography Diana: Her True Story by Andrew Morton, Diana recalled the event and said, “And I said to the two men, ‘Ok, boys I’m just going to have a quick word with Camilla, and I’ll be up in a minute’. Since the meeting was quite awkward, Prince Charles' reaction reflected the same. “They shot upstairs like chickens with no heads and I could feel, upstairs, all hell breaking loose. ‘What is she going to do?’" Diana revealed, according to Pop Sugar.
“So I said, ‘Camilla, would you like to sit down?'" Diana further revealed and continued, "So we sat down and I was terrified of her. And I said, ‘Camilla, I would just like you to know that I know exactly what’s going on,'" to which Camilla acted obliviously and replied, “I don’t know what you’re talking about.’"
“I said ‘I know what’s going on between you and Charles, and I just want you to know that,'" said Diana. "And she said to me, very interestingly, she said to me, ‘You’ve got everything you’ve ever wanted. You’ve got all the men in the world falling in love with you, you’ve got two beautiful children, what more do you want?’" Diana had only one answer to this question, she said, "I want my husband. Don’t treat me like an idiot."
According to Diana the ride back home with Prince Charles was “like a bad rash." “I cried like I have never cried before,” she said. But the next day was the inception of a freer and bolder Diana.
“I’d done something, said what I felt," she said. She told Princess Charles that there were "no secrets" between them and he was free to ask Camilla all about their candid exchange.
The separation of the royal pair was finalized in 1996, even though they had filed for a divorce back in 1992. Diana dedicated the rest of her life to working for the needy. She was the "People's Princess" until her last breath.
In August 1997, the world lost its beloved princess to a tragic car crash. Eight years later, Prince Charles moved on with his life and married Camilla in 2005.