Before the wedding, Princess Diana confided in her sisters and told them she had doubts about marrying Prince Charles. But they joked it off and said it was too late.
Princess Diana nearly stood up her husband at the altar after she found out that the man she was about to marry had no love for her at all.
For a while before their fairytale wedding, Princess Diana had premonitions about tying the knot with Prince Charles. Their union was set to be one of the most glamorous occasions of the century, but Princess Diana grew more anxious as the big day grew closer, especially because of her fears about the relationship her soon-to-be husband had with his former love interest, Camilla Parker Bowles, who is currently his wife.
Before the wedding, Princess Diana confided in her sisters about her concerns regarding Prince Charles and Camilla. "At the time he was seeing Camilla, Diana had lunch with her sisters at Buckingham Palace and discussed her predicament with them," wrote Andrew Morton in the book, Diana - Her True Story, as reported by Express. "She was confused, upset, and bewildered by the train of events. At that moment, as she seriously considered calling off the wedding, they made light of her fears and premonitions of the disaster that lay ahead."
By then, the media had already started falling in love with Princess Diana and her sisters joked that it was too late for her to call off the wedding with the crown prince of England. "'Bad luck Duch,' they said, using their nickname for their younger sister. 'Your face is on the tea-towels so you're too late to chicken out now,'" they said, according to Morton.
To make things even worse, Princess Diana had a heartbreaking conversation with Prince Charles on the night before their wedding.
"One of the most shocking things that Diana told me was that the night before the wedding Charles told her that he didn't love her," said Penny Thornton, an astrologer that Princess Diana had consulted while she was alive, according to People.
Thornton revealed in a new ITV documentary, titled The Diana Interview: Revenge of a Princess, that Prince Charles did not want Princess Diana to get into the marriage believing a lie. But he waited hours before the wedding to let his future wife know his feelings.
"I think Charles didn't want to go into the wedding on a false premise. He wanted to square it with her and it was devastating for Diana," Thornton said in the documentary.
Dealt with a harsh blow, Princess Diana "didn't want to go through with the wedding at that point, she thought about not attending the wedding," Thornton added.
Despite her gut feeling and despite all the signs that pointed towards an unhappy marriage, Princess Diana was there at St. Paul’s Cathedral on July 29, 1981, wearing her famous wedding dress that had 10,000 pearls and came with a 25-feet long train, as reported by History.
It was called "the wedding of the century" and had everything to make it an event the entire world wanted to see—opulence, record-breakers, a guest list of 3,500 people, and 600,000 spectators that filled the streets of London.
The only thing wrong was the bride and groom.
When Princess Diana walked down the aisle, her nervousness was evident, according to The Globe and Mail. Those sitting inside the cathedral could hear the massive crowd outside cheering for the royal couple. And one of these cheers made Princess Diana turn towards Prince Charles and give him a smile from underneath her veil.
After the service, Prince Charles and Princess Diana walked down the center aisle as husband and wife. And at that moment, Princess Diana seemed a lot more at ease than when she walked in. But that was only the beginning—an extravagant, splendid start to a turbulent marriage that ended over a decade later.