In Andrew Morton’s 1992 biography, “Diana: Her True Story,” he described how Princess Diana questioned the royal family’s relevancy during a Christmas dinner. Morton wrote, “She is believed to have raised the question as to whether the royals would remain pertinent in a federal Europe, leaving the likes of the queen and husband Prince Charles shocked.” Morton also detailed the family’s reaction: “The queen, Prince Charles, and the rest of the royal family looked at her as if she were mad and continued with their debate on who shot the last pheasant of the day, a discussion which occupied the rest of the evening,” (via Express).
The royal author also revealed that the question wasn’t exactly a spur-of-the-moment mistake but rather the result of a deeply rooted dislike for the monarchy. He claimed that a friend of Diana’s told him the princess believed the monarchy had outlived its relevancy. She couldn’t see them making any real contributions to society because of how out of touch the royals were and believed their influence would fade unless they took a more modern approach.
However, Christmasses were always an awkward affair regardless because of Diana’s complicated relationship with the royal family. But things took a turn for the worse in 1992 after the public learned that both Diana and King Charles III had been unfaithful in their marriage. Although the couple reportedly separated that very same year, Diana attended a few more Christmas parties for the sake of their children, and unsurprisingly it didn’t go well.