In the years since Princess Diana and Prince Charles' shocking divorce in 1996, there has been plenty of speculation as to what exactly went wrong. According to biographer Sally Bedell Smith, it was doomed from the start.
One of the biggest problems was the two simply didn't know each other. In fact, 19-year-old Diana and 31-year-old Charles had only been out 12 times before saying "I do" back in 1981. Smith says Charles was feeling pressure to get married and picked Diana, decided he could "learn to love" her. Considering his parents, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip didn't exactly marry for love, he figured he'd follow in their footsteps.
Also making things tough for the couple, Princess Di had suffered during her own parents' divorce and Charles' travel schedule kept them apart even after getting married.
Smith says she has a much better feeling about their son, Prince William and his bride Kate Middleton. The biographer says things may have turned out differently if Diana “had had Kate’s confidence and solid upbringing and nurturing family and academic success – all the things that have helped Kate integrate so seamlessly."
Smith's latest royal biography, "Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbably Life," hits stores today.