Prince Philip labelled Princess Diana 'possessive' and not a 'caring wife'

Sarah Carty

A new report claims Prince Philip and his daughter-in-law, Princess Diana, were at loggerheads right before she passed away.

According to The Express, royal expert Ingrid Seward has claimed Prince Philip tried to help Diana deal with her marriage breakdown to Prince Charles in a series of letters.

However, he is said to have went “ballistic” and called her “possessive” and “not a good mother” when she ignored his advice and aired her marriage woes in public.

Princess Diana and Prince Philip

Princess Diana and Prince Philip's relationship is said to have soured towards the end of her life. Photo: Getty Images

Prince Philip and Princess Diana's rocky relationship

It's claimed Prince Philip wrote letters to the Princess at the beginning trying to help with her marriage woes. Photo: Getty Images

Ingrid claims Prince Philip’s letters to Diana started out empathetic, signing off at the end with ‘Pa’.

He also reportedly wrote that he didn’t endorse Prince Charles’ affair with Camilla and said he and Queen “never dreamed he might feel like leaving you for her”.

However, things soured when Andrew Morton’s book Diana: Her True Story was serialized in the Sunday Times.

Prince Philip saw it as a total smack in the face and couldn’t believe that Diana would divulge such personal details in public.

Prince William's christening

Ingrid claims Prince Philip’s letters to Diana started out empathetic, signing off at the end with ‘Pa’. Photo: Getty Images

Ingrid claims Prince Philip went and “told her she hadn’t been a caring wife and that, while she was a good mother, she’d been too possessive with her sons”.

“One of his fiercest comments was: ‘Can you honestly look into your heart and say that Charles’s relationship with Camilla had nothing to do with your behaviour towards him in your marriage?’

“Towards the end of Princess Diana’s marriage to Charles, just the mention of her name was enough to send her father-in-law into a tirade.”

Philip was so enraged that he seemingly asked the Queen to cut back severely on the amount of public engagements Princess Diana was tasked with.

However, Diana again put one foot in front of him by announcing she was going to retire from public life completely.

The royals on the Buckingham Palace balcony

However, things soured when Andrew Morton’s book Diana: Her True Story was serialized in the Sunday Times. Photo: Getty Images

Then when she did the now infamous Martin Bashir interview, Prince Philip was even more livid.

It’s though that the Queen however was still holding out hope to keep their relationship alive and extended an invite for Diana to attend Christmas that year at Buckingham Palace.

But when Diana cancelled at the last minute, Prince Philip is reported to have flown into a fit of rage and went “ballistic”.

That’s when the Queen reportedly decided to sign off on Princess Diana’s divorce from Prince Charles.

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