The Princess Diana had difficulties fitting in with the royal family. It is known that her personality clashed with that of some royals, and she often disagreed with some of their traditions.
So perhaps it is not surprising that she also disliked an activity that the royal family liked to do together. In fact, she once revealed that she “panicked a lot” when she had to participate.
Diana princess said she “panicked a lot” when she went to Balmoral Castle
There is a tradition for the royal family to go to Balmoral Castle in Scotland every year. It is Queen Elizabeth’s summer home, and the family visits it quite often.
However, Diana apparently never took a liking to Balmoral. As “Harper’s Bazaar” reports, Diana told in the book “Diana: Her True Story in Her Own Words” by Andrew Morton that the trips often stressed her out.
“This myth that I hate Balmoral – I love Scotland, but just the atmosphere exhausts me,” she recounted. “I drive up, ‘strong Diana.’ I come back drained of everything because they just suck me dry, because I tune into all their moods and, boy, are there some undercurrents!”
In addition, she added, “Instead of having a vacation, it’s the most stressful time of the year. It’s very tight.”
“I often panic when I go to Balmoral. It’s my worst time, and I think, ‘How the hell am I going to get out of this?”‘ Diana explained, “The first few days I’m terribly excited when I’m up there, and everything is wonderful. The third day, they wear me down again. There are so many negative atmospheres. The house sucks you dry.”
Fellow royals love Balmoral
Elements of the royal family have been visiting Balmoral since they were children. Unlike Diana, they usually have only good things to say about the castle.
For example, Charles spoke fondly of Balmoral in 1968 before returning to Trinity College, Cambridge. He said (via Hello!), “I can’t tell you how much I miss Balmoral and the hills and the air – I feel very empty and incomplete without it all.”
Princess Eugenie also spoke about Balmoral in the documentary “Our Queen at Ninety,” according to the Evening Standard.
“It’s the most beautiful place in the world,” she said. “I think Grandma is happiest there, I think she really, really loves the Highlands…. Walks, picnics, dogs – lots of dogs, there’s always dogs – and people coming in and out all the time.”
Eugenie continued, “Family-wise, we’re all there, so it’s a nice base for grandma and grandpa – we can visit them up there where you just have room to breathe and walk.”
Princess Diana first met the royal family at Balmoral
Even though Diana didn’t particularly like Balmoral, it’s still a significant place. After all, she was introduced to the royal family there for the first time.
As Diana recounted with Andrew Morton in the book Diana: Her True Story in Her Own Words, she was “terrified” of the experience.
“I was terrified – like bricks,” she said. “I was scared because I had never stayed at Balmoral before and I wanted to do it right. The anticipation was worse than actually being there.”
Diana, however, said everything was “fine” after the initial nervousness faded.