This Is How Princess Diana Confronted Camilla About the Affair

Princess Diana knew about the affair Prince Charles had with Camilla Parker Bowles—and she told her husband's mistress exactly how she felt about it.

If you’re a fan of the Netflix show, The Crown, you know that the latest season is chock full of juicy drama between Prince Charles, Princess Diana, and Camilla Parker Bowles. While many aspects of the show are indeed dramatized and fictional, what’s not fictional is the fact that Prince Charles was involved with his former flame (and now second wife) Camilla—and Diana was fully aware of it.

Here’s what happened in real life, though: After being advised by friends to ignore suspicions of an affair between her husband Prince Charles and long-time friend Camilla Parker Bowles, Princess Diana felt that she had to give her husband’s mistress a piece of her mind, according to archived recordings from National Geographic. Diana knew what she was getting herself into when she approached Camilla about the affair and apparently so did Prince Charles. Camilla and Prince Charles were chatting with another friend in a downstairs room when Diana asked to have a moment alone with Camilla. According to the recording, Diana remembered Charles frantically running upstairs asking the friend what Diana was going to do. Learn the real reason why Charles didn’t marry Camilla in the first place.

Although the Princess of Wales said that she was “terrified” of Camilla, Diana told her boldly, “I’d just like you to know that I know exactly what is going on.”

Camilla attempted to avoid the claim by saying she did not know what Diana was talking about. Diana remembered Camilla saying that she had “everything she could ever want” and “all the men in the world.” When asked what more she could want, Diana told Camilla, “I want my husband.” Don’t miss these secrets you didn’t know about Prince Charles’ and Princess Diana’s wedding.

Oddly enough, Diana apologized to Camilla for being in the way of her and Charles, but she was still outraged. “I do know what is going on,” she said to Camilla. “Don’t treat me like an idiot.”

In the car on the way back, Diana claimed that she cried like she had never cried before. A fool Diana was not, because by 1994 Charles admitted to his adultery, and in 1996, the couple filed for divorce. As we all know, Prince Charles eventually married Camilla in 2005.

How Diana confronted Camilla was brave and scary; she was sleepless that following night. Diana said that even though she still felt jealous, she also felt a “tremendous shift” afterward. “I’d done something, said what I felt,” explained Diana. “Still the old jealousy and the anger swilling around, but it wasn’t so deathly as it had been before.” See what Princess Diana lost after her divorce from Prince Charles.

Three weeks following the confrontation with Camilla, Diana asked Charles if he wondered what she had said to Camilla that day. Diana told Charles, “I just said I loved you… and there’s nothing wrong in that.”

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