Prince Edward had a complicated relationship with Princess Diana. In fact, when the late royal was still married to Prince Charles, the Earl of Wessex never held her in high regard.

In the book “Prince Edward,” royal author Ingrid Seward said that Prince Edward was one of the members of the royal family who wasn’t taken in by Princess Diana’s glamor.

“Unlike Prince Andrew, who in the early days made a great fuss over Diana, Prince Edward was always wary of the seemingly malleable ingenue who so quickly captured the imagination of the world. In that, he was subconsciously taking his lead from Princess Anne,” Seward said.

The second daughter of Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II also didn’t hold the Princess of Wales in high regard. She never waited for her during events, and she was also indifferent to Prince Charles’ ex-wife.

“She treated the woman, who by marriage to her elder brought might have become Queen, with withering disdain. She called her a ‘silly girl,’” Seward said.

Other than Princess Anne, Prince Edward also took cues from Prince Philip who had a negative impression of Princess Diana. The dad of four saw her as one of the people who were responsible for many of the difficulties that the royal family faced.

Meanwhile, Seward also talked about Prince Edward’s relationship with Sarah Ferguson. When Fergie first joined the royal family, she and Prince Edward got along very well. In fact, they were as close as Prince Andrew and Princess Diana were.

But Prince Edward, later on, detached himself from Ferguson due to different reasons and to a far greater extent. The Duchess of York was not Prince Edward’s romantic type because she was much too jolly-hockey-stick for his taste.

Prince Andrew and Princess Diana, on the other hand, got along well with each other. In fact, some royal fans were convinced that the two would’ve been a better match for each other.

Prince Edward, Prince Charles, Sarah Ferguson and Princess Diana
Pictured: Prince Andrew, Sarah Ferguson, Lord Linley, Prince Edward, Prince Charles, Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Mother outside Clarence House in London on Aug. 4, 1989. Getty Images/Johnny Eggitt