Today in History: Prince Charles and Princess Diana divorce
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.
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.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana were a captivating couple for many years, and Diana continues to live on through the legacy of her sons.
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