'Desperate' Prince Charles Wanted To Back Out Of His Wedding To Princess Diana, New Book Claims

'Desperate' Prince Charles Wanted To Back Out Of His Wedding To Princess Diana, New Book Claims
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SOUTH KOREA - 1992: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Princess Diana, Princess of Wales, are at loggerheads during their tour of South Korea in 1992. Diana is wearing a mauve sheaf dress by Catherine Walker with a bolero of embroidered pastel flowers. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/WireImage)
SOUTH KOREA - 1992: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Princess Diana, Princess of Wales, are at loggerheads during their tour of South Korea in 1992. Diana is wearing a mauve sheaf dress by Catherine Walker with a bolero of embroidered pastel flowers. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/WireImage)

It's no secret that Prince Charles and Princess Diana were never as perfect a match as they initially seemed, but a new claim that Charles was "desperate" to back out of the 1981 royal wedding makes the marriage seem like an especially bad idea in hindsight.

In a new unauthorized biography, Charles: Heart Of A King, author Catherine Mayer writes that Charles wanted to call off marrying Lady Diana Spencer.

According to The Telegraph, Mayer -- who interviewed members of the Prince's inner circle -- details a moment on the night before his wedding when a "desperate" Charles reportedly told an aide, “I can’t go through with it ... I can't do it."

He is also said to have confessed Diana was “not the jolly country girl he had assumed."

Charles wasn't alone in his doubts about the relationship. In a famous account from the 1992 book Diana: Her True Story, for which the Princess of Wales covertly cooperated with author Andrew Morton, Diana told her sisters just days before the wedding that she didn't think she could marry Charles because he was still carrying a torch for Camilla Parker Bowles.

"...I went upstairs, had lunch with my sisters who were there and said: 'I can't marry him, I can't do this, this is absolutely unbelievable.' They were wonderful and said: 'Well, bad luck, Duch, your face is on the tea towels so you're too late to chicken out.' So we made light of it."

Later revelations aside, the pair shared an awkward pre-wedding interview in which they couldn't have looked more uncomfortable when asked about their engagement.

“I had a long time to think about it, because I knew the pressure was on both of us. And, um … it wasn’t a difficult decision in the end. It’s what I wanted," Diana said, adding quickly, "It’s what I want.”

Asked if they were in love, Charles followed up Diana's quick "of course" with the infamous line: "Whatever love means."

Spoiler alert: The couple divorced 14 years later.

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Diana Spencer and her fiancé, Prince Charles, leaving St Paul's Cathedral after the final rehearsal before their wedding on July 27, 1981.
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Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip ride in the semi-state coach to St Paul's Cathedral.
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Prince Charles (L) and his brother Prince Andrew, who is the best man, arrive at St Paul's Cathedral.
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Lady Diana Spencer arrives in the royal coach for her wedding to Prince Charles at St Paul's Cathedral in London on July 29, 1981.
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Nancy Reagan, wife of then-U.S. President Ronald Regan, leaves Winfield House for St Paul's Cathedral for Prince Charles and Lady Diana's wedding.
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Lady Diana Spencer arriving with her father, Earl Spencer, at St. Paul's Cathedral for her wedding.
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Lady Diana Spencer and her father Earl Spencer enter the cathedral.
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Diana enters St. Paul's Cathedral on the hand of her father.
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The couple pictured in St Paul's Cathedral.
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Diana's first curtsy to Queen Elizabeth II as the Princess of Wales.
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Diana and Charles leaving the cathedral.
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Charles and Diana during their marriage ceremony.
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The Prince and Princess of Wales leave St. Paul's Cathedral following their wedding.
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Princess Diana wore the Spencer family tiara for her wedding day.
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Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Charles pose for the official photograph by Lord Lichfield in Buckingham Palace.
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An official family photo taken on July 29, 1981. Back Row, from left to right: Mark Phillips, Prince Andrew, Viscount Linley, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Edward, the Princely Couple, Ruth, Lady Fermoy (the bride's grandmother), Lady Jane Fellowes (the bride's sister), Viscount Althorp (Diana's brother) and Robert Fellowes. Center row, from left to right: Princess Anne, Princess Margaret, the Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth II, India Hicks, Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones, Mrs. Shand Kydd (Diana's mother) Count Spencer, Lady Sarah McCorquedale (Diana's sister), Neil McCorquedale. Front row: ushers and bridesmaids.
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Formal portrait of Lady Diana Spencer in her wedding dress designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel.
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The Prince and Princess of Wales pose on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on their wedding day, with Queen Elizabeth and some of the bridesmaids.
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Prince Charles kisses the hand of his new bride.
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Prince Charles and Princess Diana waving from the balcony of Buckingham Palace, accompanied by Prince Philip.
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The Princess of Wales poses on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with a group of bridesmaids and pageboys.
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The Prince and Princess of Wales are seen during their wedding at St Paul Cathedral on July 29, 1981.
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The Prince and Princess of Wales leave Buckingham Palace for their honeymoon after their wedding.

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