‘William was absolutely livid': the day Diana triggered her eldest son's anger

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According to the press, Princess Diana only agreed to give the BBC the shocking 1995 interview after a series of lies and manipulations on the part of a journalist. Now Prince William defends his mother's honour, but at the time the young prince had violently clashed with the Princess of Wales after the broadcast of the interview.

Twenty-five years after its broadcast on November 20, 1995, Diana's famous BBC interview hit the headlines again. According to revelations from the press, the interview with Martin Bashir was in reality only obtained after manipulation. Very serious facts denounced by Lady Di's brother Earl Spencer but also by Prince William who spoke about the ongoing investigation carried out by the BBC and expressed his desire to know the truth. At the time, however, the young prince took the broadcast of this interview very badly and argued violently with his mother for the first time in his life.

‘William was absolutely livid,’ Simone Simmons, a friend of Princess Diana, told Vanity Fair. Princess Diana was incredibly popular with everyone who met her and had many famous friends including Sir Elton John. However, she had chosen not to tell her son about the interview until after the recording, thus presenting him with a fait accompli. ‘Of course it was all over the papers and William told me he was teased at school because of it. He felt really bad for his mother because of what she had been through, but he was furious with her,’ Simone Simmons recalled. The young prince, aged only 13, was then very affected by the insults to which his mother was subjected to at his school.

Difficult forgiveness

‘The weekend after the interview aired, they had an argument at Kensington Palace. William was furious and Diana was distraught,’ Simone Simmons said. Meeting with the princess the day after the argument, she remembers that her friend was then ‘in a terrible state.’ This episode caused the first major quarrel between the princess and her son. However, the two were extremely close and so, in time, Prince William forgave her. It is well documented how close Diana was to both her sons, but the Prince also shared a special relationship with his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

At the time, the interview led by Martin Bashir caused a real cataclysm, with the Princess of Wales speaking publicly for the first time about her husband's long-term affair with Camilla Parker Bowles. The mention of this ménage à trois then precipitated the divorce between Prince Charles and Lady Diana. The couple had a rocky marriage from the start, and Diana was subjected to some very archaic procedures prior to the marriage.

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