Prince Charles married Princess Diana in a high-profile ceremony in 1981, but sadly their relationship didn’t work out as the Prince of Wales started seeing Camilla Parker Bowles once more in 1986. However, the two royals still tried to keep up appearances and did public engagements together.

But Princess Diana revealed how the situation was a bit awkward for her and Prince Charles. “It made it very difficult, because for a situation where it was a couple working in the same job — we got out the same car, we shook the same hand, my husband did the speeches, I did the handshaking,” the Princess of Wales told Martin Bashir in a 1995 interview.

Doing so with all the media around made the experience even worse. “So basically we were a married couple doing the same job, which is very difficult for anyone, and more so if you’ve got all the attention on you,” Diana explained. “We struggled a bit with it, it was very difficult.”

However, it was not her but Prince Charles who decided that they should stop doing engagements together. According to Princess Diana, she would not have stopped that arrangement if it were up to her.

“Then my husband decided that we do separate engagements, which was a bit sad for me, because I quite liked the company,” shared Princess Diana. “But, there again, I didn’t have the choice.”

But Princess Diana also revealed why Prince Charles opted not to have her by his side during those public appearances. According to the late royal, it may have something to do with her husband’s “jealousy.”

The reason is that Princess Diana was so popular with the masses that their attention will most likely be on her instead of Prince Charles. “We’d be going round Australia, for instance, and all you could hear was, ‘oh, she’s on the other side,’” she told Bashir.

Diana surmised that the experience might have been an unpleasant one for her husband. “Now, if you’re a man, like my husband a proud man, you mind about that if you hear it every day for four weeks,” she stated. “And you feel low about it, instead of feeling happy and sharing it.”

Even Princess Diana somehow felt bad for Charles because she never meant to hub all the attention. “Yes — which I felt very uncomfortable with, and I felt it was unfair, because I wanted to share,“ Diana explained. “With the media attention came a lot of jealousy, a great deal of complicated situations arose because of that.”

Princess Diana’s 1995 televised Q&A with Martin Basher is one of the most explosive interviews ever done, where a staggering 22.8 million viewers were riveted to their TV sets as the princess spilled the beans on her relationship with Prince Charles. At that time, she also admitted to her previous affair with James Hewitt and also acknowledged that she knew about Charles’ affair with Camilla.

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Princess Diana And Prince Charles watch an official event during their first royal Australian tour 1983 IN Newcastle, Australia. Patrick Riviere/Getty Images

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