Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ Age Difference

Among the many remarkable aspects of Prince Charles and Princess Diana as a couple, their age difference ranks high on the list. While Prince Charles was born on November 14, 1948, his future wife, Lady Diana Spencer wasn’t born until July 1, 1961 giving them a 12 year difference in age. The couple married on July 29, 1981, just a few weeks after Diana’s 20th birthday.

Prince Charles started courting the future Princess of Wales in 1980, and they had been seeing each other as a couple for about 6 months when Charles proposed on February 3, 1981 when Diana was still 19 years old. Their engagement was announced a few weeks later on February 24, almost 5 months to the day before they headed to the altar. It has been said that Diana and her future husband had only interacted on 13 occasions between the beginning of their relationship and when they headed down the aisle to exchange vows.

Interestingly enough, Princess Diana’s parents Frances Shand Kydd and John Spencer had a similar age gap; while her mother was born in 1936, Princess Diana’s father was born in 1924. Their marriage also ended in divorce.

Given their significant age difference, Princess Diana was notably still quite young, just over 30, when she and Prince Charles separated in 1992. Their divorce was finalized in 1996, ending 15 years of marriage. Diana was only 36 years old when she passed away a year later, on August 31, 1997.

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