Inside Princes Charles’ first meeting with ‘attractive 16-year-old’ Diana

While many grow up believing that marrying a prince is the ultimate fairytale, it is one that ended up resembling that of a Greek tragedy for Princess Diana, thanks to her tempestuous relationship with Prince Charles.

With The Crown introducing the young Diana in series four, Daily Star Online has taken a look back at her turbulent relationship with Prince Charles.

Lady Diana first met her future husband in November 1977, when she was just 16-years-old and Prince Charles was 22 during a grouse hunt at the Spencer estate, Althorp.

At the time of their first encounter, Charles was dating Diana's older sister, Lady Sarah Spencer who enjoyed a short-lived romance with the heir.

"I remember thinking what a very jolly and amusing and attractive 16-year-old she was," recalled Prince Charles during their engagement interview.

Diana noted that Charles was "pretty amazing".

It's believed that shortly after meeting Charles, Diana went around telling friends that she would eventually marry the Prince of Wales.

Despite being besotted with one another, the pair didn't see one another again for three years when they were both asked to stay at the home of family friend Philip de Pass in Sussex.

Speaking to her speech coach, Diana noted that Charles had recently split from his girlfriend and was dealing with the loss of his mentor and uncle, Lord Mountbatten.

"He leapt upon me and started kissing me and I thought, urgh, this is not what people do. And he was all over me for the rest of the evening, following me around like a puppy," she said.

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Although they had only met each other 13 times, Charles eventually asked for Diana's hand in marriage in February 1981.

At the time of their engagement, the then-19-year-old Diana and Charles gave their first interview together, filmed in one of Balmoral's many stately rooms.

"Are you in love?," asked the daring reporter.

To which Diana instantly replied: "Yes, of course!"

However, the former school nanny was taken aback when her future husband replied: "Whatever love means, what your own interpretation is."

Just six months later, Diana walked down the aisle as Lady Diana Spencer and emerged from St Paul's Cathedral as Princess Diana of Wales, a future Queen.

The ceremony, which was watched by over 750 million people worldwide, is still considered one of the most iconic royal moments of all time.

Sadly, their royal relationship came crashing down, shortly after the birth of their second son, Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex.

The pair officially divorced in 1996, with Diana losing the use of Her Royal Highness, with her new moniker being Diana, Princess of Wales.

Series four of The Crown is available to stream on Netflix, now.

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