Princess Diana Seemingly Wanted Prince William to Be the Next King, Not Charles

An interview that Princess Diana did back in 1995 has resurfaced and in it, she gives a surprising answer on whether she thinks Prince Charles or Prince William should be the next King of England.

When Diana gave the interview, William was just 13-years-old, so he was not ready to take on such a big role.

“Do you think it would make more sense in the light of the marital difficulties that you and the Prince of Wales have had if the position of monarch passed directly to your son Prince William?” Martin Bashir asked her for the BBC1 Panorama interview (via People).

Diana responded, “Well, then you have to see that William‘s very young at the moment, so do you want a burden like that to be put on his shoulders at such an age? So I can’t answer that question.”

Martin then rephrased the question and asked, “Would it be your wish that when Prince William comes of age that he were to succeed the Queen rather than the current Prince of Wales?”

Diana said, “My wish is that my husband finds peace of mind, and from that follows others things, yes.”

Queen Elizabeth has publicly voiced her support for Charles to be her successor and royal experts say it’s highly unlikely that he will abdicate the throne to his son.

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