23 OCTOBER 2003
Despite their tumultuous marriage, Diana, Princess of Wales, never stopped loving Prince Charles according to the contents of a poignant note to her butler, written on the day her divorce became final.
"It's the 28th of August 1996 – 15 years of marriage have now been signed off. I never wanted a divorce and always dreamed of a happy marriage with loving support from Charles," Diana told Paul Burrell in the letter, which appears in a new book by the former royal aid, excerpts from which are currently running in the Daily Mirror newspaper.
"Although that was never meant to be, we do have two wonderful boys who are deeply loved by their parents," the heartbroken princess went on to say.
"A part of me will always love Charles, but how I wish he'd looked after me and been proud of my work," she continued. "It has been a turbulent 15 years having to face the envy, jealousy and hatred from Charles's friends and family – they have so misunderstood me and that has been painful and brought enormous heartache."
Apparently accepting that the split was final, the Princess still harboured hopes of a close relationship with her former spouse. "I want so much to become Charles's best friend as I understand more than anyone what he is about and what makes him tick," she revealed.