Prince Charles described his marriage to Diana as a Greek tragedy in letters to the former President of the USA Ronald Reagan.
A series of letters have emerged written to the Reagans in America in the early ‘90’s as part of friendship that lasted until the death of Nancy Reagan last year.
The Mail on Sunday printed extracts from the letters and in one, written on June 21, 1992, days after Andrew Morton’s book Diana: Her True Story portrayed him as a cruel and callous husband, Prince Charles poured his heart out.
He wrote: “No one can really understand what it all means until it happens to you, which is why it all keeps getting worse and worse.
“One day I will tell you the whole story. It is a kind of Greek tragedy and would certainly make a very good play!”
The letters also revealed he was heartbroken over the death of the Queen Mother, saying: ‘I have dreaded her eventual departure… she leaves an enormous chasm in my life’.
The letters are written in the Prince’s trademark black ink on crested notepaper from various homes including Highgrove, Sandringham, Birkhall – his hunting lodge in the grounds of Balmoral – and the British Embassy in Washington.
The letters were part of Mrs Reagan’s private collection which, on her death in March 2016, were handed over to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library in Simi Valley, California.
They are being made public thanks as the late President and his Nancy insisted their papers should be made available as a historical archive.
Charles first met the Reagans in 1974 when he was serving in the Royal Navy.
In May 1981, Prince Charles, engaged to Lady Diana Spencer and preparing for their wedding that July, flew to Washington for a three-day solo state visit.
The Prince gushed about sitting next to Nancy – “I am a devoted admirer for life!” – and seemed thrilled to have had a pudding, Crown of Sorbet Prince of Wales, named after him, saying: “What more could anyone want than an enjoyable visit to Washington and a special culinary creation named after you!”
In another letter to Mrs Reagan, Lady (Mary) Henderson, wife of Sir Nicholas Henderson, then UK Ambassador to Washington, wrote of an exchange after the same dinner: “The Prince said: ‘I have fallen in love with Mrs Reagan – she is wonderful’ to which I said: ‘Well Sir, I told you so.’ The Prince then added: ‘I wanted to kiss her – to thank her…’ ”
A heartbroken Charles also said the Queen Mother’s death “leaves behind an enormous chasm in my life” but also “the most wonderful legacy of unbelievably happy memories.”
In 1985 after a gala dinner Charles wrote to Ronald Reagan:
“Diana still hasn’t got over dancing with John Travolta, Neil Diamond and Clint Eastwood in one evening not to mention the President of the United States as well!”
After a book was written portraying Nancy as an ice-cold gold-digger who used the casting couch to sleep her way around Hollywood and had set out to ‘trap’ Ronald by getting pregnant, Charles wrote to Ronald Reagan saying: “I know exactly the methods these dreadful people employ to create the maximum amount of controversy and conflict by making the wildest allegations so as to make the maximum amount of money.
“We live in an increasingly uncivilised world and if you happen to find yourself in a public position it becomes progressively more impossible to operate without every move being regarded as having an ulterior motive.”