When Princess Diana married Prince Charles in 1981, she did not receive a warm welcome from the royal family. Her cold relationship with her in-laws reportedly caused tension during a Christmas dinner at Sandringham.

Following her royal wedding, Diana struggled to meet the royal family’s expectations. The Princess of Wales’ curiosity and lack of guidance allegedly caused her to ask a question that made her feel like an outcast during a family gathering.

In the book, “Diana: Her True Story,” Andrew Morton discussed the Princess of Wales’ tense Christmas dinner with the royal family. 

“It was perhaps inevitable then that Diana, who watched the royal family from the inside, saw a yawning gap between the way the world was moving, and how it was perceived by the royal family,” he wrote. 

“She believed that they were caught in an emotional-timewarp without the necessary vision to appreciate the changed that have taken place in society. During dinner one evening, Diana tentatively raised the question of the future of the British monarch in a federal Europe.”

Although Princess Diana had genuine concerns about the future of the monarchy, her husband, and in-laws ignored her inquiry.

“The Queen, Prince Charles and the rest of the royal family looked at her as if she were mad, and continued with their debate on who shot the last pheasant of the day, a discussion which occupied the rest of the evening,” Morton revealed.

The royal biographer claimed Princess Diana wanted to turn the royal family’s attention to current issues and feared their traditional structure would be there demise.

“As a friend says: ‘She finds the monarchy claustrophobic and completed outdated with no relevance to today’s life and problems,’” Morton wrote.

“‘She feels that it is a crumbling institution and believes that the family won’t know what has hit it in a few years time unless it changes too.’”

Although the royal family valued their long-running traditions, Diana rebelled against certain expectations to contribute to global issues and maintain the monarchy’s relevancy. 

More than twenty years after her death, Princess Diana continues to be praised for her compassion and unprecedented charitable contributions.