Princess Diana's Astrologer Says She and Prince Charles Were Too "Different" to Be Compatible

Their moon signs weren't in their favor.

the prince and princess of wales attend a welcome ceremony in toronto at the beginning of their canadian tour, october 1991 photo by jayne fincherprincess diana archivegetty images
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Like so many of us, Princess Diana turned to astrology when her life became confusing. She regularly consulted astrologer Debbie Frank in an attempt to make sense of what was happening between her and Prince Charles (opens in new tab). "She was going through a very difficult time in her marriage because her husband was having an affair with Camilla and nobody really knew about it and she felt desperate," Frank says, according to Town & Country (opens in new tab). "She felt kind of locked into something that was not what it looked like. She was a young girl who just needed guidance and help managing her feelings, more than anything. I think she felt herself to be very disempowered at that time because it was just expected that she should just get on with it."

Frank explained that the Prince of Wales and his ex-wife (opens in new tab) "were really very different" and that their astrological charts put them at a disadvantage when it came to finding harmony as a couple. They were both Cancer star signs, as is Camilla Parker-Bowles, but it's their moon signs that made things complicated. Referring to Charles' moon in Taurus, Frank says, "This is very stubborn. It’s very fixed. It’s very unchanging. Whereas Diana had a moon in Aquarius, which is very people-oriented–someone who wants to move with the times. They were really very different."

Astrology ultimately couldn't save the royal marriage, but it was a comfort to Diana nonetheless. "She understood astrology, and it meant something to her," Frank says. "So, we were very easily able to use this as a language. You can translate what the meaning is, what the resonance of [something] is. She really understood that. She did want to know what was going on in the stars, what the general celestial frequency was."

As for Prince William (opens in new tab)—a Cancer—and Kate Middleton (opens in new tab)—a Capricorn, Frank's outlook is a little more positive: "But the opposites attract," she says. “There’s definitely this big magnetic connection between Kate and William." Phew.

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