Prince Charles and Diana had a lot of differences and fights during their honeymoon. Diana was offended and furious with the Prince.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana united in marriage despite knowing they were not the right fit for each other. Diana thought she could work things out with her husband, but his love for Camilla Parker Bowles did not allow it to happen.
Soon after the wedding, Diana and Charles kicked off their honeymoon with a 14-day cruise on the Royal Yacht Britannia. Diana thought it was the perfect time to connect with her new husband whom she had met only 13 times before their wedding. However, things did not turn out the way she had planned.
The couple's honeymoon only further highlighted the differences they had and also revealed Charles's soft corner for Camilla, despite being newly married to Diana.
According to Cheat Sheet, during the first day of their honeymoon, Diana was shocked to find out Charles had brought pictures of Camilla on their honeymoon. The couple was discussing itineraries when the incident happened. “On one occasion, she [Diana] and Charles had been consulting their diaries when a photograph of Camilla fell out of his," wrote Penny Junor, in her 2017 book The Untold Story.
Diana immediately realized her husband was still in love with Camilla. During the trip, she also found that her husband was wearing the cufflinks that his ex-lover had gifted him. “Another time, when they were in formal dress for dinner, she noticed the Prince was wearing a pair of gold cufflinks engraved with interwoven Cs," wrote Junor, according to Express UK.
Besides holding to the things that reminded him of Camilla, the Prince had a very different idea of their honeymoon. "The Prince envisaged a wonderful holiday in the sun, swimming, reading, painting, and writing thank-you letters," Junor wrote.
"He had taken his watercolors and some canvases and a pile of books by Laurens van der Post, which he’d hoped they might share and discuss in the evenings," continued Junor. Diana, on the other hand, was not much of a reader. She did not like the Prince's idea and was offended by his disinterest in his new bride. "She resented him sitting for hours at his easel, too, and they had many blazing rows," wrote Junor, according to Express UK.
She was so furious at his cold and distant attitude that she destroyed his paintings. "One day, when Charles was painting on the veranda deck of Britannia, he went off to look at something for half an hour. He came back to find she'd destroyed his painting and all his materials," wrote Junor.
With differences in opinions and interests, the couple did not spend much time together. While the Prince engaged in what made him happy, the angry Princess was forced to spend her time with the crew.
"The whole thing was a disaster, serving only to demonstrate how very little they had in common," wrote Junor, describing the total couple's honeymoon.
The couple also visited the Queen's well-known Scottish estate Balmoral as a part of their honeymoon. However, nothing changed. In fact, the nightmare continued and Diana felt her husband was trying to avoid intimacy with her.
"She hated the countryside, hated his family’s passion for horses and dogs, hated the rain that poured down remorselessly; she felt that her husband was avoiding intimate contact," wrote the author.
She continued, "They didn’t stay in the main house, but they had dinner with the rest of the Royal Family several times a week and, as usual, his friends were invited – though not the Parker Bowles' – so there was very little chance for the sort of intimacy she’d hoped for on honeymoon. She was raging and getting no meaningful reassurance from Charles."
The couple's differences and disconnect eventually led to their separation in 1992 and divorce in 1996. Nine years after Diana's death, Charles married Camilla.