Princess Diana’s Terrifying Confrontation With Camilla Over the Prince Charles Affair, Revealed

When Princess Diana first found out about Prince Charles’ affair with his longtime love interest Camilla Parker Bowles, she was horrified. But Diana was not about to let Camilla get away with it. Here’s everything you need to know about the night Diana confronted her husband’s mistress.

The confrontation took place at a birthday party

Left: Princess Diana in Australia in 1996 | Patrick Riviere/Getty Images, Right: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in 2017

Left: Princess Diana in Australia in 1996 | Patrick Riviere/Getty Images, Right: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in 2017 | WPA Pool/Pool/Getty Images

Camilla’s sister was celebrating her 40th birthday party, thrown by Lady Annabel Goldsmith in 1989. Although Diana had not received an invite, she decided she would show up unannounced to speak with Camilla. “I decided I’m not going to kiss Camilla hello anymore. I was going to shake hands with her instead,” Diana revealed in a series of tapes later reported by It was her “big step” in doing something about the affair.

Diana pulled Camilla away from a conversation with Prince Charles

Princess Diana and Camilla

These two have had plenty of awkward moments together. | Express Newspapers/Getty Images

Diana’s tapes revealed that she knew Charles did not want her to come that night. She had been upstairs alone when she realized Camilla and Charles were not around. She later found them downstairs having a conversation with another man, the tapes revealed. Diana pulled Camilla away from Charles and asked to speak to her. “She looked really uncomfortable and put her head down,” Diana said.

Diana remained ‘deathly calm’ during the confrontation

Diana, Princess of Wales, converses during the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute fund raising dinner in Sydney 31 October. Diana was the guest of honour at the USD 800-a-head gala dinner - her first official engagement during her four-day visit. AFP PHOTO. (Photo credit should read POOL/AFP/Getty Images)

Princess Diana will always be thought of as poised and mild-mannered. | POOL/AFP/Getty Images

Diana admitted to being terrified about confronting Camilla. However, she noted that she put on a display of remaining “deathly calm” just before and during the confrontation. Even when she pulled Camilla away from Charles, she did so with poise. “The voice inside me had said, ‘Just go for it,’” she said.

‘Don’t treat me like an idiot’

Prince Charles and Princess Diana are walking side by side.

Princess Diana expected more respect from Prince Charles. | Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The confrontation started out with Diana telling Camilla she knew what was going on. But Camilla didn’t immediately admit anything. At first, she said she had no idea what Diana was talking about. Diana fired back. The two went back and forth, and finally Diana said, “I’m sorry I’m in the way. It must be hell for both of you, but I do know what is going on. Don’t treat me like an idiot,” reported.

Camilla’s reply was ‘very interesting’

Princess Diana and her family in London

Camilla seemed to have no problems with knowing she was breaking up a family. | JOHNNY EGGITT/AFP/Getty Images

In her tapes, Diana recalled how interesting Camilla’s response was. At first, Camila denied any involvement, but then she got defensive. She said Diana never let Charles see the children. She then told Diana that she had all the men in the world she could ever want, and she had two beautiful children. Camilla asked Diana, “what more could you want?” Diana swiftly replied, “I want my husband.”

The aftermath brought Diana to tears

Princess Diana in November 1992

It was time for Princess Diana to mourn her relationship. | Vincent Amalvy/AFP/Getty Images

Diana admitted to crying like she had never cried before. She blamed it on years’ worth of pent-up anger. Diana’s tapes revealed that she did not sleep that night, as she was crying too much. However, when she woke up the next day, she admitted to feeling a “tremendous shift” as if a huge weight had been lifted. A few days later, she told Charles what she had said to Camilla, but he didn’t believe her.

It led her to affairs of her own

Diana Princess of Wales in Japan

Princess Diana could easily fall into the arms of another man. | AFP/Getty Images)

Diana began having affairs out of frustration over her marriage. Most notably, she paired up with James Hewitt, the family’s riding instructor. To this day, some people think Prince Harry is the son of James Hewitt and not Charles. Charles reportedly found out about the affair, but did not concern himself with it. Princess Diana was linked to multiple men during her marriage.

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