He sent her a note to calm his nervous bride but also "didn't want to go into the wedding on a false premise."
Hours before walking down the aisle, Princess Diana was understandably nervous about exchanging wedding vows with UK's most eligible bachelor while thousands of people watched from across the world. In a bid to reassure her, Princess Diana's soon-to-be husband sent her a little something to put her at ease on the eve of their wedding. "The night before the wedding, which Diana spent at Clarence House with her sister Jane, he sent her a note, along with a signet ring that bore the Prince of Wales feathers," wrote author, Penny Junor, in her book titled The Duchess: The Untold Story, which is about Prince Charles' second wife, Camilla, according to Mirror.
In the note he wrote for his future bride, Prince Charles said, "I’m so proud of you and when you come up I’ll be there at the altar for you tomorrow. Just look ‘em in the eye and knock ‘em dead.'"
Despite the sweet gesture, Prince Charles still had his doubts about marrying Princess Diana, who was only 20 years old when they tied the knot while he was 32. Their wedding was slated to be the wedding of the century, and there was no way either of them could comfortably back out.
"Charles was not convinced he was doing the right thing in marrying Diana but there was no way out and, bolstered by the hope that things would be different once they were married, he put a brave face on it," the royal biographer said, as quoted by Express. Although he went forward with the marriage, Prince Charles still made a "devastating" confession to his fiancée "to square it with her" before their wedding. He admitted that he had no love for Princess Diana, and it nearly made her want to stand him up at the altar.
"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 consulted while she was alive. Thornton spoke about her conversations with Princess Diana in an ITV documentary called The Diana Interview: Revenge of a Princess, according to PEOPLE.
"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 added. "She didn't want to go through with the wedding at that point, she thought about not attending the wedding."
By this point in her life, Princess Diana was already battling with bulimia and reportedly struggled with it the night before her wedding. She spoke about the nerve-wracking night while talking to Andrew Morton, who published transcripts of their recorded conversations in his book, Diana: Her True Story, according to Express.
"I had a very bad fit of bulimia the night before," Princess Diana said. "I ate everything I could possibly find which amused my sister (Jane) because she was staying at Clarence House with me. Nobody understood what was going on there. It was very hush-hush."
"I was sick as a parrot that night. It was such an indication of what was going on," she added. "...I sobbed my eyes out. I absolutely collapsed."
The next day, on July 29, 1981, Princess Diana walked down the aisle in a ceremony that had everything to match a fairytale wedding—opulence, record-breakers, a guest list of 3,500 people, and a main wedding cake that weighed 200 pounds along with 26 other cakes, according to History.
It was the history-making start to a turbulent marriage that ended a few years and several scandals later.
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