- In an interview just before her wedding to Prince Charles in 1981, Princess Diana's body language and facial expressions may have offered a clue about the difficulties that were coming for her as a royal.
- Speaking for a new Channel 5 documentary, journalist Angela Rippon, who conducted the interview in 1981, reflected on Diana's demeanor at the time.
- "That expression on Diana's face at the end speaks volumes," Rippon explains in the documentary. "Maybe we should have read so much more into that five seconds at the end the interview. It might have told us so much more about what was to come."
Princess Diana and Prince Charles' marriage wasn't without its share of difficulties—and, according to one of Diana's pre-wedding interviewers, we might have all missed a big clue about what was coming.
In 1981, the couple sat down for an interview ahead of their wedding with BBC News anchor Angela Rippon and ITV's Andrew Gardener. In a new interview for the Channel 5 documentary Charles and Di: The Truth Behind their Wedding, Rippon reviewed the interview for the first time since 1981 and reflected on Princess Diana's demeanor in the lead-up to her royal wedding.
Looking back, Rippon says Diana's facial expression at the very end of the interview—a downcast look—may have been incredibly telling about what was to come for her in royal life.
"With the knowledge of hindsight you read so much more into body language, what was said, looks that were given, reactions," Rippon said. "That's the value of hindsight isn't it. But the final few moments of the interview really stand out to her, when she wishes the couple a lifetime of happiness. Charles looks Diana, but she looks down at the floor. That expression on Diana's face at the end speaks volumes. Maybe we should have read so much more into that five seconds at the end the interview. It might have told us so much more about what was to come."