Princess Diana and Prince Charles ended their marriage in 1992, but it was not until 1996 that their divorce was finalized. In the four years that they were separated, extramarital affairs and other scandals were revealed. The Prince of Wales also admitted to cheating and keeping Camilla Parker Bowles as his mistress. 

After the split, the whole royal family was turned upside down as allegations of mistreating the Princess of Wales surfaced as well. In particular, the public would be enraged every time Prince Philip’s name was mentioned. This is because there was a belief that he had a strained relationship with Princess Diana and that he did not like his daughter-in-law at all.

But this was far from the truth. Prince Philip and Princess Diana did not hate each other. And contrary to the allegations that he called her a “harlot” through a letter he sent after her divorce from Prince Charles, Prince Philip did not write those hurtful words to Di, according to Telegraph

Prince Philip and Princess Diana’s relationship after the split was good. He actually sympathized with his daughter-in-law and sided with her when his eldest son’s affairs were revealed. Even if she was not part of the royals anymore, he kept in touch with the princess by constantly sending her letters.

In one of their correspondence, Prince Philip’s concern for Di was also very evident. The prince told the Princess of Wales that he and Queen Elizabeth denounce their son’s affairs.

“Charles was silly to risk everything with Camilla for a man in his position,” the prince wrote in his letter to Diana in 1992. “We never dreamed he might feel like leaving you for her. I cannot imagine anyone in their right mind leaving you for Camilla. Such a prospect never even entered our heads.”

In the closing part of the letter, it was said to have been signed “with fondest love, Pa.” Prince Philip and Princess Di obviously kept up their amicable relationship through letters. He tried his best to comfort and help the troubled princess. Thus, the rumors that he ordered her assassination were also nonsense.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana Prince Charles and the Princess of Wales (1961-1997, later Diana, Princess of Wales) at Westminster Abbey, London, for a centenary service for the Royal College of Music. Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images