Diana ‘showed doubts’ when Charles said ‘whatever in love means’, claims expert

Princess Diana showed moments of "doubts" about her relationship with Prince Charles as body language expert noted her subtle expression during their engagement interview.

The couple's joyous news was announced by Buckingham Palace on February 3, 1981, and three weeks later they sat down with BBC for their first official interview since the engagement.

Body language expert Darren Stanton analysed the famous clip and found out what the then-19-year-old People's Princess was really feeling at the time.

In the clip, both Charles and Diana were asked to find a few words that summed up how they were feeling.

Charles looked at Diana and said: "Just delighted and happy. I'm amazed that she's being brave enough to take me on."

The reporter added: "And I suppose 'in love'?"

"Of course," Diana looked up and quickly answered, while Charles took a short moment before he added: "Whatever 'in love' means. Depends on your own interpretation."

The reporter said: "Obviously two very happy people. Well, congratulations."

Charles avoided looking at the camera and clenched his jaw before he thanked the reporter.

Darren analysed Diana's reaction and said: "The most damning part of this interview was when they were asked how this engagement made each of them feel.

"When asked if they were in love, Charles says the phrase, 'whatever being in love means' and Diana rolls her eyes, trying to play off her disappointment with an awkward face.

"It’s clear that by her reaction, she believed back then that she had concerns and even doubts about their relationship.

"This was born out some 12 or 13 years later when she makes reference to the interview as being 'frightful'."

It was later revealed that Diana was "traumatised" by Charles' answer.

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In the book Diana: In Her Own Words, she said: "We had this ghastly interview the day we announced our engagement, And this ridiculous [reporter] said, 'Are you in love?' I thought, what a thick question.

"So I said, 'Yes, of course, we are,' and Charles turned around and said, 'Whatever in love means'. And that threw me completely.

"I thought what a strange answer. It traumatised me."

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