Unhappy Princess Diana resorted to a ‘fake laugh’ to annoy Prince Charles during engagements, royal insider reveals


A ROYAL documentary has revealed how Princess Diana used to “fake laugh” in public just to “annoy Prince Charles.”

The Princess of Wales is said to have resorted to public tactics in their unhappy marriage, after Charles ignored her breaking down in tears outside the Sydney Opera House in 1983. 

On the ITV documentary Inside the Crown: Secrets of the Royals, it was revealed that Diana used to ‘fake laugh’ to annoy Charles during engagements

The revelations were made on ITV’s Inside the Crown: Secrets of the Royals, which aired last night. 

Royal photographer Ken Lennox said how he saw their relationship deteriorate from their first ever photo together, to the unhappy engagement in Australia. 

In the first episode of the four-part series, it was revealed that a press officer blamed Diana’s tears on “jet lag and heat”. 

However, her former press secretary Patrick Jephson soon began to witness Diana purposefully “laughing a lot” during joint engagements – not “because she was having fun, but to annoy her husband.”


Royal photographer Ken Lennox said Diana broke down in tears outside the Sydney Opera House in 1983 and Charles didn’t[/caption]

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Princess Diana and Charles married in 1981 but separated in 1992[/caption]

Speaking of the sad moment in Australia where he located just feet away, Ken said: “Diana burst into tears and wept for a couple of minutes.

“I don’t think Charles noticed. If he had it was typical of him to look the other way.

“That was the first sign something was wrong and we then began to see other things happening.”

He also said that Charles was rather overshadowed when Diana came on the scene, and people would ask him to “bring your wife over.”

Ken explained: “I couldn’t give away a picture of the royal family before Diana came along. When Diana came along all that exploded”.

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Ken said Diana stole the limelight from Charles when she joined the family[/caption]

Press secretary Patrick added: “As professional royal performers they were unbeatable, but behind the scenes it was quite different. They didn’t talk to each other, there was minimal eye contact, they were short tempered with each other.

“Diana enjoyed upstaging her husband and if she was laughing and smiling more it wasn’t that she was having more fun but that she knew it got on his nerves”. 

Royal author Penny Junor said of the match: “It was the most curious engagement as they didn’t know one another, Diana was taken out of a flat she shared with girls and given a suite of rooms at Buckingham Palace.

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The couple were observed to have not made much eye contact during engagements[/caption]

“But the perfect girl Charles thought he was falling in love with was much darker and more moody, and by the time they walked up the aisle the relationship was in a very bad way.

“Charles always said he would marry with his head not his heart and I think that was a hangover learnt from Prince Edward’s abdication”. 

Penny said that thankfully their sons, Prince William and Prince Harry have “learned a lot of lessons” watching the marriage of their parents. 

She added: “Diana told William and Harry to marry for love, and to their great credit both of them have married for love.”

 Lady Glenconner said in the documentary that Kate has done a good job in letting William shine
Lady Glenconner said in the documentary that Kate has done a good job in letting William shine
The documentary follows the news that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are stepping down as royals
The documentary follows the news that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are stepping down as royals

Later in the programme, however, Princess Margaret’s former lady-in-waiting, Lady Glenconner said that Meghan Markle should have let Prince Harry lead in their relationship as royals. 

Lady Glenconner, who was maid of honour at the Queen’s coronation and lady-in-waiting to her childhood friend Princess Margaret, opened up about Kate Middleton and Meghan. 

Speaking seemingly before the Sussexes fully stepped back from royal duties, she said: “The Duchess of Cambridge has done a really good job. 

“She hasn’t put herself forward, which is what happened with the Princess of Wales. She’s glorious looking, and sweet and perfect. 

“But she lets Prince William take the lead, which is what the Duchess of Sussex may have to learn, that that’s what we want in the royal family.”

We shared how Princess Di’s niece Lady Kitty Spencer joins Queen’s grandson in exploiting royal links to sell milk in China.

Meanwhile, Princess Diana ‘could barely put one foot in front of the other’ during Lindo Wing photoshoot and ‘burst into tears’ when it was over.


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