Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ marriage only lasted for 11 years. The couple tied the knot in 1981, but they separated in 1992 and divorced in 1996.

On the online forum site Quora, royal fans are wondering if there was any way that the royal couple’s marriage would’ve survived. One of them said that it would’ve survived if Princess Diana deferred to Prince Charles just like what Kate Middleton has been doing with Prince William.

But Cory Raisa, a royal fan who has done extensive research on the Princess of Wales, said that the late royal actually deferred to her ex-husband when they were still together. In fact, Princess Diana didn’t particularly enjoy being at the center of attention so she usually deferred to Prince Charles.

“She stated in her November 1995 interview that she was uncomfortable being the center of attention, but was pitched by the royal gray-suits into the center stage against her will and to Charles’ jealous indignation. Diana was not a loud Kardashian-type attention hog,” she said.

Raisa went on to say that even though Princess Diana has similarities with Middleton, the former was not a quiet and meek little muse behind the scenes. At present, Prince William and Middleton share the spotlight equally.

“The difference is between Charles and Wills. Wills is much more mature than Charles… Unlike Charles, Wills is not jealous and Wills has the maturity to be happy for others… Charles, on the other hand, is truly an attention-grabber,” she said.

Eileen Wood, a Republican since 1977, said that Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ marriage couldn’t have been saved no matter what. After all, the former couple’s union was already doomed from the start.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana were too different from each other, and they were also too incompatible. Prince Charles was much older than Princess Diana so he was more set in his ways while she was still young, naïve, and emotionally unstable.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana
Prince Charles and Princess Diana are pictured at an official event during their first royal Australian tour 1983 in Newcastle, Australia. Patrick Riviere/Getty Images