Princess Diana did not want to divorce Prince Charles for a reason.

In her infamous Panorama interview that resurfaced on Instagram, the Princess of Wales shared a crucial information when asked about her expectations about married life. Her answer revealed why she didn’t want to divorce Prince Charles.

“I think like any marriage, specially when you’ve had divorced parents like myself, you’d want to try even harder to make it work and you don’t want to fall back into a pattern that you’ve seen happen in your own family,” she said.

Unfortunately, Princess Diana didn’t get what she wanted. According to Princess Diana’s friend, Jenni Rivett, she had no plans of divorcing Prince Charles despite their troubled marriage. However, it was not a secret that she asked for a trial separation. It was Queen Elizabeth II who advised the Prince and Princess of Wales to get a divorce.

According to Rivett, Princess Diana wanted to be the Queen of people’s hearts. She wanted to be a good mother and wife. If she had the chance and was “given the choice, she would have stayed and tried to make a happy marriage.”

Prince Charles and Princess Diana announced their separation in 1992. It took four years before it was finalized because Princess Diana was not cooperative. Following their divorce, they reportedly didn’t have a relationship at all.

“After those two interviews aired and Queen Elizabeth told them to get a divorce, they didn’t have a relationship. Prince Charles and Diana had to communicate regarding the logistics of sharing their sons, but that was easily done through their assistants,” Deana Eppers, an ardent follower of the royal family, wrote.

“After Diana stated that she did not believe her ex-husband was fit to be king, no room existed to have a decent relationship.”

Meanwhile, Princess Diana made a photoshoot with internationally-renowned photographer Mario Testino after her divorce was finalized. According to Daniela Elser, in the photoshoot, the Princess of Wales was very different. She was more sexy, carefree and happy.

The royal family reportedly wanted the photos to be buried. However, Prince William and Prince Harry treasured them because the shots reminded them that their mom finally achieved the true happiness she desired after decades of heartbreaks and rejections.