Season 4 of The Crown – which debuted on Netflix on Nov. 15, 2020 — has caused quite a stir for those who are royally obsessed (no pun intended) with the royal family. Season 4 was probably the most anticipated season thus far since it revolves heavily around the late Princess Diana and her tumultuous relationship with Prince Charles and his affair with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. So, as fans dive into the new season, many are curious to know more about Princess Diana’s understanding of Prince Charles and his secret (or maybe not so secret) relationship with Camilla.
The 2017 documentary Diana: In Her Own Words, features a variety of clips, recordings, and other archival footage of the late Princess of Wales. Throughout the film, fans can get a candid inside look into Princess Diana’s personal life, including her marriage with Prince Charles and his affair.
One memory that Diana opens up about in the film is especially telling about the type of relationship she had with Prince Charles. She explains a time when she found a bracelet from her husband that was surprisingly not intended for her, but instead was a gift for Camilla. So, why is this detail so important for The Crown fans? Keep reading to find out.
A hidden bracelet tells a thousand words
In a personal recording, Diana reveals, “I was still too immature to understand all the messages that were coming my way [about Prince Charles and Camilla],” says Diana. Adding, “[a]nd then someone in his office told me that my husband had a bracelet made for her. I walked into this man’s office one day and I said ‘Oh, what’s in that parcel?’ ‘Oh’ he said, ‘you shouldn’t look at that.’ I said, ‘Well, I’m going to look at it.’ So I opened it and there was the bracelet.” She continued, “I was devastated. And he said, “Well he is going to give it to her tonight.’ So rage, rage, rage. You know, ‘Why can’t you be honest with me?’ But, no, he absolutely cut me dead. It was as if he’s made his decision, and if it wasn’t going to work, it wasn’t going to work.”
Shortly after finding the bracelet, Diana confided into her sisters that she wasn’t sure if she could marry Prince Charles, since she knew he was in love with someone else. However, they shot down her reservations with tough love, claiming it was too late. “They were wonderful and said, ‘Well, bad luck, Dutch, your face is on the tea towels so you’re too late to chicken out,” says Diana.
So, it appears the secret bracelet for Camilla solidified the speculation that there was indeed three people in Diana’s marriage. Whether she liked it or not.
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