Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997) takes part in the University Games on her birthday in Canada on July 1, 1983. (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)
When Prince Charles and Princess Diana notoriously decided to end their marriage, the separation was said to be amicable, but no other official reasons were given at the time in 1992. Although it was not until 1996 that the couple officially divorced, rumors and speculation of infidelity by both parties surfaced much earlier.
It was a well-known “secret” that during their marriage, Prince Charles had an affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, whom he had dated before marrying Diana and whom he would marry years later. Diana finally admitted in 1995 – after she and Charles split up – that she too was having an affair. Diana had fallen in love with her riding instructor, James Hewitt, and claimed they had been in a five-year relationship. And while he’s her best-known relationship outside of her marriage to Charles, there are stories from others too.
Almost as well known was the alliance known as Squidgygate. A 1989 phone call between Diana and James Gilbey, the heir to Gilbey’s gin fortune, took a bold turn, and in the same 1995 interview in which she admitted her affair with James Hewitt, she also admitted the call was real but it was not specified whether an affair had taken place. She also admitted to a “series of phone calls” with art dealer Oliver Hoare that were more than friendly.
Another rumored romance for the princess was Barry Mannakee, one of Diana’s bodyguards. In tapes from 1984 to 1986 recorded according to Diana’s Voice Coach The mirrorShe described falling in love with someone who worked in that capacity. He had also been fired from his role after allegations that the two had an inappropriate relationship.
Princess Diana reportedly had other relationships during the time she and Charles were separated, but prior to the divorce there are no other confirmed matters she spoke of during their marriage.