Today in History: Prince Charles and Princess Diana divorce

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Nineteen years ago today on August 28, 1996, Princess Diana and Prince Charles of Wales were officially divorced.

The royal couple, who mesmerized the world for many years, were married on July 29, 1981 in London's beautiful St. Paul's Cathedral. With over 2,000 guests in attendance and one billion television viewers tuned in, the whole world seemed just as enamored with Princess Diana as Charles had been.

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Sadly, the adoration did not last forever and after 15 years of marriage, the couple announced their separation on December 9, 1992. The two continued to carry out their royal duties for four years after their separation, and were officially divorced in 1996 after a settlement was reached. London newspapers reported that Diana received approximately $22.5 million in cash.

The couple reportedly ended their marriage because of extramarital affairs on both sides. In an interview with BBC's Panorama, Diana said "Well there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded."

Just one year and four days after the divorce was finalized, Diana was tragically killed in a car accident in Paris. Investigations concluded that her driver was heavily intoxicated and trying to escape the paparazzi, and crashed the car consequently.

Tribute To Princess Diana Outside Kensington Palace In London, United Kingdom On September 04, 1997.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana were a captivating couple for many years, and Diana continues to live on through the legacy of her sons.

See more photos from Charles and Diana's iconic wedding here:

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The Prince and Princess of Wales kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after their wedding. (PA Archive)
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales leave St. Pauls Cathedral in London following their wedding on July 29, 1981. (Anwar Hussein)
Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles leaving St. Paul's Cathedral after their wedding rehearsal. (PA Archive)
The adorable bridal attendants group on the steps of St.Paul's Cathedral before the wedding ceremony of the Prince of Wales to Lady Diana Spencer. (PA Archive)
The Prince and Princess of Wales at the High Altar in front of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie, during their wedding at St. Paul's Cathedral. Look at that train! (PA Archive)
The Prince and Princess of Wales pose for a wedding portrait in Buckingham Palace after their marriage ceremony at St. Paul's Cathedral. The Princess is wearing the Spencer family tiara. (PA Archive)
The Royal couple, the Prince and Princess of Wales with their young attendants. Sitting, left to right, Catherine Cameron and Clementine Hambro. Standing, left to right, Lord Nicholas Windsor, Edward Van Cutsem, Sarah Jane Gaselee (in front of India Hicks), Prince Edward, the Prince and Princess of Wales, Prince Andrew and Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones. (PA Archive)
The Prince and Princess of Wales on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after their wedding. (PA Archive)
The Prince and Princess of Wales in an open carriage, waiting to drive to Buckingham Palace after their wedding. (PA Archive)
The relaxed Prince and Princess of Wales on their second wedding anniversary, July 29, 1983. (AP)
TODAY -- Royal Wedding -- Aired 7/29/81 -- Pictured: Lady Diana Spencer look a-like modeling a wedding dress similar to that actually worn at the Royal Wedding -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 29: Diana, Princess of Wales, wearing an Emanuel wedding dress, enters St. Paul's Cathedral on the hand of her father, Earl Spencer, for her marriage to Prince Charles, Prince of Wales on 29 July, 1981 in London, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
29th July 1981: Formal portrait of Lady Diana Spencer (1961 - 1997) in her wedding dress designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)
LONDON - JULY 29: Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Charles ride in a carriage after their wedding at St. Paul's Cathedral July 29, 1981 in London. Diana told of a lonely existence in her married life to Prince Charles in audio tapes aired by the U.S. television network NBC on March 4, 2004. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
29th July 1981: Charles, Prince of Wales, with his wife, Princess Diana (1961 - 1997), on the altar of St Paul's Cathedral during their marriage ceremony. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
LONDON - JULY 29: (FILE PHOTO) Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales leave St. Paul's Cathedral following their wedding July 29, 1981 in London, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
Lady Diana, Princess of Wales and Charles, Prince of Wales are seen during their wedding at St Paul Cathedral in London 29 July 1981. (Photo credit should read /AFP/Getty Images)
Newlyweds Princess Diana and Prince Charles are escorted through London to Buckingham Palace in an open horsedrawn carriage, 29th July 1981. (Photo by Jayne Fincher/Getty Images)
The Royal couple, the Prince and Princess of Wales with their young attendants. Sitting, left to right, Catherine Cameron and Clementine Hambro. Standing, left to right, Lord Nicholas Windsor, Edward Van Cutsem, Sarah Jane Gaselee (in front of India Hicks), Prince Edward, the Prince and Princess of Wales, Prince Andrew and Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
Wedding day of Prince Charles & Lady Diana Spencer, 29th July 1981, Pictured: Bridal attendants at St Pauls Cathedral, RIGHT Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones (age 17). (Photo by Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
LONDON,UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 29: Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Charles attend their wedding on July 29, 1981 in London. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images) (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
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