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Princess Diana Said Her Marriage “Went Down The Drain” After Prince Harry’s Birth

Prince Charles had always wanted a daughter

Princess Diana says the birth of her second son, Prince Harry, initially disappointed her husband and played a part in the demise of her marriage.

According to the royal, before Harry’s birth, on September 15, 1984, her and Prince Charles were the closest they had ever been, but things changed upon welcoming her second child. 

“Charles and I were very, very close to each other the six weeks before Harry was born, the closest we’ve ever, ever been and ever will be,” she said in an interview with royal biographer Andrew Morton which is included in the recent re-release of Diana: Her True Story — In Her Own Words.

“Then, suddenly, as Harry was born, it just went bang, our marriage. The whole thing went down the drain.”

Diana says she knew the sex of Prince Harry before his birth, but chose not to tell her husband.

“He wanted two children and he wanted a girl,” she explained. By keeping the knowledge a secret until the delivery, the letdown came as a complete surprise.

She recalls Prince Charles initial reaction was, “Oh God, it’s a boy,” followed by, “and he’s even got red hair.”

She told Morton that after Harry’s arrival, “something inside me closed off,” especially since her husband continued his affair. “By then, I knew Charles had gone back to his lady,” Diana said referring to Camilla.

The two eventually separated in 1992 before divorcing in 1996.

However, Diana attributes the split to Charles’ affair, not the birth of their second son.

“There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded,” she famously said in a 1995 BBC interview.

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