Although Prince Charles and Princess Diana appeared to have a fairytale wedding, some believed the Princess of Wales manipulated others to insert herself into Charles’s life.

Prior to their engagement, Prince Charles was an eligible bachelor, who was in search of a wife. However, senior royal aides suspect Diana may have used other royals to get closer to Charles and secure a marriage proposal.

In the book, “Prince Edward,” Ingrid Seward claimed Diana deliberately befriended Queen Elizabeth’s niece in order to gain access to Prince Charles.

“Edward had developed into a keen and competitive sailor and as usual, was staying aboard Britannia when Diana joined the royal party as a guest of Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones,” the royal biographer revealed.

“At the time, some members of the Royal Household felt that Diana had made friends with Sarah, three years her junior, in order to be invited on the to the Royal Yacht. Once she was there, she made a beeline for the Prince of Wales.”

A former royal staff member told Seward, Diana’s intentions became clear when she appeared focused on spending all of her time with Charles.

“The late Stephen Barry his valet and confidante at the time, declared emphatically: ‘She went after the prince with single-minded determination. She wanted him – and she got him!’” Seward wrote.

However, once the two were married, their relationship quickly began to fall apart. Princess Diana suspected Prince Charles was having an affair with Camilla Parker Bowles. Although he initially denied the affair, Charles confirmed their romance during a 1994 interview with Jonathan Dimbleby.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana divorced in 1996. The Princess of Wales died in a car crash the following year. Charles went on to marry Camilla in a quaint wedding ceremony that was attended by his and Diana’s sons, Prince William and Prince Harry.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana
Prince Charles and Princess Diana are pictured attending a centenary service for the Royal College Of Music on Feb. 28, 1982 at Westminster Abbey, London. Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images