Prince Charles's Letter About Divorce Is Painful to Read

prince charlesWhen Prince Charles married Diana in 1981, it was like a fairy-tale. And beautiful things did come of it -- they went on to become parents to two boys. But the marriage didn't last. They separated in 1992 and the divorce was finalized in 1996. It appears that Charles feared divorce, as it has been revealed in a letter he wrote to a woman a year before marrying Princess Diana.


Prince Charles met Janet Jenkins in 1975. Jenkins was a receptionist at the British consulate in Montreal and when Charles was visiting with the Royal Navy, the two became friends. And pen pals. 

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The letter-writing from the prince to Jenkins began in 1976, but the one that is most eye-raising is from 1980, just 11 months shy of his wedding to Diana. In the seven-page handwritten letter, Charles addresses Jenkins's divorce. It's very sad to read. He wrote:

I do hope you have recovered from the traumatic business of marriage and divorce in such a short time. Thank goodness you discovered the mistake early enough and didn't start a family. 

Starting a family and making a mistake like that is frankly, something which concerns me enormously and I think my solution of marrying a girl from each Commonwealth country is the best one!

Interesting, Charles. Such a funny cad. 

In other letters, Charles proposed having a romantic tryst with Jenkins. So it was a bit fascinating to also see "whatever happens I will make sure you are given early warning" in the letter mentioning divorce.

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Charles seems so common. And it seemed he quite fancied this lady. But he married Diana and we all know what happened next. We also learned that divorce can strike even the royals. And his fear of the "D" word was certainly warranted. Being in the public eye is hard enough. Being under the public's microscope when getting divorced seems terrifying. Divorcing a princess? Well that's grounds for public ridicule.

Maybe he really did want to make it work with Diana, but too many things happened that got in the way. Maybe the signs were all there that the marriage wasn't going to last but he didn't listen. Reading the letters now after all that has happened makes me feel sad. As parents, we do want to stay married for the kids. But sometimes that isn't the right answer. It's such a difficult decision.

The notes on Windsor Castle letterhead have been put up for sale starting at $3,900 by collector Alicia Carroll. She said she purchased them from Jenkins.


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