Prince Charles told Diana ‘he didn’t love her the night before their wedding’ because he didn’t want to go into marriage ‘on a false premise’, friend tells new documentary

  • Princess of Wales began to consult British astrologer Penny Thornton in 1986 
  • Penny says Princess Diana was left ‘devastated’ by Prince Charles’ confession 
  • Astrologer made the claims in ITV’s The Diana Interview: Revenge Of A Princess 

The Prince of Wales told Princess Diana ‘he didn’t love her the night before their wedding’, the late royal’s astrologer has claimed.

Astrologer Penny Thornton, whom the Princess of Wales began to consult in 1986, explained that Prince Charles made the remarks before their big day in 1981 because he didn’t ‘want to go into their marriage on a false premise’.

But the realisation that her husband didn’t love her left Princess Diana ‘devastated’ and she didn’t wanted to go through with the wedding, according to Somerset-based Penny.

The astrologer made the claims in ITV’s new documentary The Diana Interview: Revenge Of A Princess, which airs tonight and looks at the royal’s bombshell Panorama interview 25 years later.

It’s recently hit headlines over new allegations made by Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer, that he was shown false financial documents by then-Panorama reporter Martin Bashir to gain access to the royal. 

The Prince of Wales told Princess Diana (pictured on their wedding day in 1981) ‘he didn’t love her the night before their wedding’, the late royal’s astrologer has claimed

ITV’s new two-part documentary tells the inside story of Princess Diana’s 1995 interview with Mr Bashir that shocked the nation, and in the process threatened the future of the monarchy and of the BBC.

Marking 25 years since Britain tuned in to watch Diana pour her heart out on national television, these two programmes hear from those who witnessed her fairytale romance with Prince Charles descend into bitterness and ultimately divorce.

Penny reveals: ‘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… 

‘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. 

‘She didn’t want to go through with the wedding at that point, she thought about not attending the wedding.’

Astrologer Penny Thornton, whom the Princess of Wales began to consult in 1986, explained that Prince Charles made the remarks before their big day in 1981 because he didn’t ‘want to go into their marriage on a false premise’. Pictured, Prince Charles and Princess Diana in 1992

James Colthurst, the Irish-born medical professional who was a close friend of Diana’s when she worked as a nanny in London before marrying Prince Charles, also appears on the programme. 

He says: ‘I remember she was becoming more and more incensed by what was going on and the fact that the whole organisation, as she saw it, was helping to support the relationship between Camilla and Prince Charles. 

‘She would have moments of extreme anger and wanting to bash the mattress with the tennis racquet and that kind of thing, and I said, “Well, I think there are ways of lancing the abscess.”’

Elsewhere in the documentary, royal journalist Jennie Bond reveals that Diana later told her she had a fear she would be prevented from talking as part of any divorce settlement.

The BBC has said it will hold a full independent investigation into how it secured the bombshell Princess Diana interview aired on Panorama in 1995 

Recalling why the princess decided to talk openly about her marriage problems, Jennie says: ‘Diana told me she feared that as part of the divorce settlement she felt was coming she would be gagged. 

‘She would be prohibited from talking publicly about the marriage in any way. It was then or never.’

Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana’s divorce was officially finalised on 24 August 1996, after a very public fall out. 

The remarks made on the ITV programme come after the BBC revealed it will hold a full independent investigation into how it secured the Princess Diana interview aired on Panorama in 1995. 

The broadcaster confirmed that an external probe would examine how journalist Mr Bashir landed the famous chat with the princess. 

The announcement comes after Diana’s brother Earl Charles Spencer accused the journalist of using ‘dirty tactics’, including producing fake documents, to win the trust of her family. 

Claims allegedly made by Mr Basihr led to an interview with Princess Diana for the BBC’s Panorama, where she said there were ‘three people,’ in her marriage to Prince Charles (pictured together in 1981)

Tim Davie, the corporation’s director general, said: ‘The BBC is taking this very seriously and we want to get to the truth. We are in the process of commissioning a robust and independent investigation.’

The BBC boss confirmed the terms of the investigation would be announced in the coming days.

Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer, criticised the BBC, saying he was shown ‘false bank statements’ by Mr Bashir to help him gain access to the princess. 

The documents related to alleged payments made to two members of the royal household by the security services for information about the princess, the earl claims.

He previously called for an independent inquiry and tweeted that the corporation was ‘incapable of honestly facing up to the ugly truth of this matter’.

Martin Bashir (pictured), now the BBC’s religion editor, is seriously ill with Covid-related complications and is not in a position to respond to the earl’s allegations, the BBC has said

The BBC’s announcement of an independent probe today follows weeks of campaigning from Earl Spencer.   

He claims Bashir repeatedly deceived him in order to gain access to the royal as her marriage to Prince Charles collapsed. 

The subsequent interview made headlines around the world as millions of viewers watched her say ‘there are three of us in this marriage’.

Her comments about the state of her marriage sent shockwaves through the monarchy and turbo-charged Bashir’s career, as he won praise for a major journalistic scoop.

The BBC has said Bashir is currently unable to answer questions as he is currently signed off work by his doctors.

It said the journalist, who currently works as the BBC’s religion editor, is recovering from quadruple heart bypass surgery in addition to having ‘significant complications’ after contracting Covid-19 earlier in the year. 

The Diana Interview: Revenge Of A Princess ITV 9pm tonight and tomorrow (Mon and Tue). 

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