Prince Charles used to be more popular in the eyes of the British public before he met Princess Diana. But he never recovered from not being the most popular one even after his ex-wife’s demise.

Opinion polls revealed that Prince Charles never really recovered from the damages he suffered in the 1990s when his marriage to the Princess of Wales failed, his affair with Camilla Parker Bowles was made public, and post-Princess Diana’s death in a car crash in Paris.

Earlier this year, a new opinion poll revealed that only nine percent of Britons picked Prince Charles as their favorite royal. Princess Diana, Prince William, and Prince Harry were favored by 80 percent of the British respondents.

Princess Diana’s 1995 statement during her Panorama interview also caused Prince Charles’ popularity to drop. The mom of two said that Prince Charles did not want to be king, and he was not suited for the suffocating role.

But Simon Lewis, Queen Elizabeth II’s communication secretary from 1998 to 2001, countered Princess Diana’s statement.

“Charles, the Prince of Wales, is going to be the best-prepared monarchy probably in history and I think he’ll be a very good king. Although Charles is loath to talk about becoming monarch, as it will mean the death of his mother, behind the scenes well-prepared plans for the occasion – condemned Operation London Bridge – are ready. Until then, his unique life as heir will go on,” he said.

But Lewis acknowledged the fact that the life of Prince Charles is not something that he wants to wish on anyone.

“People rightly talk about the privilege and the money and the palaces and the Bentleys. It is a privilege, but it carries a great burden. I would never wish that life on anyone,” he said.

Prince Charles is rumored to be king after the Queen abdicates from the throne or in the event of Her Majesty’s death.