Harry’s Split From Chelsy
Before he was married to Hollywood actress Meghan Markle, Prince Harry was known for his on-again-off-again relationship with Chelsy Davy. The pair met in 2004 — while Davy was a boarder at Stowe School, Buckinghamshire — and they dated until 2010.
The couple was frequently featured in the tabloid press, and when Davy announced the end of their relationship on Facebook, it was all over the news. She decided that their lifestyles were incompatible, and she traded royal life for business success.
Prince William’s Dancing Partner
Prince William is not afraid to make himself look silly. He will always join in on the fun during his royal engagements, dancing and taking part in local customs no matter where he is in the world. However, in this instance, he was not on royal duty.
In 2017, he was photographed dancing with a woman (believed to be model Sophie Taylor) at a nightclub, while on a ski trip. Speaking in an interview, he dismissed the incident as innocent fun.
Fergie’s Bribery Scandal
Sarah Ferguson found herself in the tabloids again in 2010. This time, she had been caught by an undercover reporter, who offered her approximately $770,000 (at the time) in exchange for confidential information about her ex-husband, Prince Andrew.
In a shocking turn of events, she accepted the offer, claiming, “That opens up everything you could ever wish for. I can open any door you want.” She later apologized, but it was too late. Her reputation had been damaged forever.
Harry and William’s Supposed Feud
For the past year, there have been rumors circulating in the media about a royal rift between brothers William and Harry. Apparently, things have gone frosty between the pair, although royal spokespeople have dismissed the claims.
This was said to have been sparked by personal issues, such as Harry’s decision to step back from the royal family. Harry seemed to confirm this in an interview, stating, “We’ll always be brothers … but we’re certainly on different paths at the moment.”
Diana’s Bombshell TV Interview
Princess Diana’s 1993 interview with journalist Martin Bashir is a legendary piece of television history. It was unusual for a member of the royal family to be so candid about their life, and Diana did not hold back when asked about her relationship.
She famously said, “There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.” The interview has became a hot topic again, as journalists allegedly blackmailed Diana with forged documents to secure the interview.
Harry’s Paternity Confusion
Ever since Prince Harry was born, there have been rumors in the media that the Prince of Wales is not his real father. While William clearly looks like his dad, there is little resemblance between Harry and Charles.
When it was revealed that Diana had allegedly had an extramarital affair with British cavalry officer James Hewitt, the press went wild. He has the same bright red hair color as Harry, and the two apparently have a close relationship.
Harry and William Urged Father Not to Marry Camilla
According to former Prince Harry’s book Spare, he and his brother William tried to convince their father not to marry Camilla. Harry says that both he and William met with Camilla separately, and Harry left the meeting wondering if she’d end up being his “wicked stepmother.”
That being said, William and Harry were willing to forgive Camilla and open their hearts to her if she made King Charles happy.
Meghan and Kate’s Feud
Just like their husbands, Kate and Meghan have been subject of tabloid speculation. There have been many reports of an alleged feud between the sisters-in-law, with rumors of friction at a bridesmaid fitting for Meghan’s royal wedding.
In the controversial book, Finding Freedom, it was said that the two women “were not the best of friends” and that their relationship had not progressed much since Meghan had begun dating Harry. However, many royal sources say that the rumors are not true.
The Abdication of King Edward VIII
Queen Elizabeth II’s uncle, Edward VIII, took to the throne in 1936. However, his decision to give up the crown sent shockwaves throughout the royal family. Within one year of becoming king, he renounced his title so that he could marry Wallis Simpson.
She was an American socialite who had been married twice. The Church of England forbade them from marrying, but Edward decided to put his relationship first. He abdicated, and they remained married until his passing in 1972.
Princess Margaret’s Forbidden Love
Queen Elizabeth II’s younger sister Princess Margaret was no stranger to scandals. She shocked her family when she fell in love with Royal Air Force Officer Captain Peter Townsend. Their union was controversial because Townsend was already married.
As a result, she found herself torn between royal duty and the man she wanted to marry. In 1953, he split from his wife and proposed to Princess Margaret. But, there was no fairytale ending — they sadly ended their engagement two years later.
Captain Mark Phillips’ Lovechild
The love story of Princess Anne (Queen Elizabeth II’s daughter) is full of twists and turns. She married soldier and equestrian Captain Mark Phillips in 1973. However, proving that even princesses can be unlucky in love, he was unfaithful to Anne and had an affair with Heather Tonkin, an art teacher from New Zealand.
Tonkin fell pregnant and later gave birth to a daughter named Felicity. After a dramatic paternity lawsuit in 1991, Phillips was confirmed to be Felicity’s dad.
Princess Diana’s Leaked Phone Call
It’s no secret that Princess Diana was hounded by the press throughout her short life. In 1992, The Sun printed a leaked transcript of a recorded phone call — that later became known as Squidgygate or Dianagate — between Diana and her close friend, Eastenders actor James Gilbey.
Diana was still married to Prince Charles, and many thought that this conversation hinted at an affair. Gilbey called Princess Diana by the pet name “Squidgy” (or “Squidge”) over 53 times, and declared his love for her. Do you think they were just friends?
Prince Charles’ and Camilla’s Call
Coincidentally, Prince Charles was also the victim of a phone-hacking scandal of his own. Only a short while after Diana’s controversial leaked phone call, an Australian magazine printed the transcript of a conversation between Prince Charles and his future wife, Camilla Parker Bowles.
The phone call made it extremely obvious that the two were an item, despite the fact that Charles was still married to Diana at the time. This made headlines worldwide, to the dismay of the royals.
Sarah Ferguson’s Embarrassing Paparazzi Photos
Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York (known in the press as ‘Fergie’) has had her fair share of royal scandals. She was married to Queen Elizabeth II’s son, Prince Andrew, from 1986 to 1991. They had two daughters together, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.
One year after their split, she was photographed in an embarrassing position with American financial advisor John Bryan. They were on vacation together in France, and the images showed Bryan seemingly licking Fergie’s toes. Rather undignified behavior for a royal!
Harry’s Unconventional Marriage
The world was surprised when news broke of Prince Harry’s relationship with Meghan Markle. Proving that he was unafraid to break royal customs, he followed in the footsteps of ancestor King Edward VIII by marrying someone who wasn’t suitable according to royal standards.
Markle had been previously married to American film producer Trevor Engelson and was famous for starring in the comedy series, Suits. Their relationship has been all over the press since 2016, as they have faced family feuds, legal battles, and internet trolling.
William Suggests Village Chapel for Harry and Meghan’s Wedding
According to Harry’s book Spare, the royal family stalled planning the venue and date for his wedding with Meghan. Harry wanted to get married in St. Paul’s Cathedral or Westminster Abbey, but William said it wasn’t possible. His reasoning was that both Charles and Diana and William and Catherine had gotten married there.
Then, William suggested a chapel in Costwolds, but Harry declined. In the end, Meghan and Harry got married at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
William and Harry Fought
In Spare, Harry claims that he and William got into a physical altercation when William made some unflattering comments about Harry’s wife, Meghan Markle. Allegedly, William called Meghan “abrasive,” “rude,” and “difficult.”
William’s statements resulted in the brothers fighting. Harry writes, “He set down [a glass of] water, called me another name, then came at me. It all happened so fast. So very fast. He grabbed me by the collar, ripping my necklace, and he knocked me to the floor.”
Finding Freedom Is Released
Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of A Modern Royal Family is a collaborative biography between royal reporters Carolyn Durand and Omid Scobie. Published by HarperCollins, the book was highly successful due to its claims that it would “go beyond the headlines to reveal unknown details of Harry and Meghan’s life together, dispelling the many rumors and misconceptions that plague the couple”.
The public was shocked when it was revealed that Meghan had been involved with the book.
The Secret Royal Son
This scandal sounds like it was taken from the script of a Hollywood movie, but in fact, it is straight out of the history books. George V (Queen Elizabeth II’s grandfather) was king from 1910 until his death in 1936.
One of his six children was kept hidden away in York Cottage at the Sandringham estate due to his frequent epileptic seizures. It was believed that John’s identity was kept secret as the royal family did not want to appear weak.
Harry and Meghan Step Down
In January 2020, The Duke and the Duchess of Sussex surprised the world when they announced that they were stepping down from their royal duties. They decided to relinquish their position as senior members of the royal family in order to pursue other projects, such as launching their own charity.
They also wished to split their time between America and the UK, buying a home in California. This not only shocked the public, but the rest of the royal family as well.
Princess Anne’s Chaotic Love Life
After splitting from her husband Captain Mark Phillips, Princess Anne found love with Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence. She didn’t take long to move on, marrying him the same year that she got a separation. Laurence, who was then a commander in the Royal Navy, met Anne while he was serving on the Royal Yacht Britannia.
Just like her fellow royals, her privacy was invaded by the tabloids when private letters between the two were published by The Sun in 1989.
Mark Phillips Cheats Again
While he may no longer be married to Princess Anne, Mark Phillips is still involved in royal circles, as he fathered two children with Anne named Peter and Zara. Phillips hit the headlines again when his second marriage broke down due to another case of infidelity.
He left his second wife, Sandy Pflueger and moved in with Lauren Hough, who was 28 years his junior and only six months older than his son Peter. Once a cheater, always a cheater.
Prince Charles and Sarah Spencer
Princess Diana and Prince Charles had a complicated relationship. They became engaged not long after beginning their courtship, and both were accused of infidelity behind the scenes. To make matters worse, it turned out that Diana was not the first Spencer sister to be romantically involved with Charles.
Apparently, the pair were introduced by her oldest sister, Sarah Spencer. Shockingly, they dated only a few years before Charles and Diana tied the knot, and the break-up was far from civil!
Kate’s Marilyn Monroe Moment
In April 2016, the tabloid press had a field day when the Duchess of Cambridge experienced an embarrassing moment on a royal trip to India. When laying a wreath at the India Gate war memorial, a gust of wind caused her $3,000 dress to fly up!
This resulted in a classic Marilyn moment that had the paparazzi flashbulbs popping at an alarming rate. Thankfully, she was able to smooth her skirt down, and she avoided exposing too much skin.
Queen Elizabeth’s Alleged Tax Haven
In 2017, it emerged that millions of pounds from the Queen’s private estate had been invested in an offshore tax haven. Leaked financial documents, referred to as the “Paradise Papers,” revealed that the Duchy of Lancaster — which manages investments for the Queen’s $700 million private estate — invested around $13 million in the Cayman Islands and Bermuda.
While the Queen’s closest aides maintained that Her Majesty had been unaware of these sketchy business activities, it was not a good look for the royals.
Keeping it in the Family
Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Phillip have been together for a whopping 70 years. Throughout this time, they have shared many memorable experiences and cultivated a successful royal family, representing the British nation. However, in 2017, it was revealed that they may also share DNA.
According to research of the royal family tree, Elizabeth and Phillip are distant cousins. They share the same bloodline, as they are both directly related to Queen Victoria. This occurs in most royal families.
Prince Andrew’s Disastrous Interview
In 2019, Prince Andrew came under fire for his associations with sketchy characters and convicted criminals. This caused a media furore, which he tried to clear up in a disastrous interview with the BBC’s Emily Maitlis.
The interview only made matters worse, as Andrew appeared flustered and struggled to answer questions. He subsequently decided to seek the Queen’s permission to step back from public duties, as he did not want to reflect negatively on his family or their charity work.
Prince Charles Marries Camilla
The British public was appalled when Charles rekindled his relationship with old flame Camilla Parker-Bowles only a year after the passing of his ex-wife, Princess Diana. Their union was even more controversial because Princess Diana was loved by the nation.
At first, the Queen did not approve of the relationship, and declined to attend a private 50th birthday party for Charles because Camilla was going! They eventually married in 2005, and Camilla became Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall.
Meghan’s Feud With Her Dad
The Duchess of Sussex has had a turbulent relationship with her father, Thomas Markle. He has accused her of abandoning him, giving various interviews about his daughter, and publicly addressing their family life on numerous occasions.
In 2018, he was caught staging paparazzi pictures, for which he earned upwards of $100,000. The photos showed Markle visiting an internet cafe to look at articles about his daughter online. Meghan was so humiliated that she decided to walk herself down the aisle.
Queen Elizabeth I’s Secret Lover
Queen Elizabeth I never married, and there were rumors that she was celibate. Some historians believe that she chose not to marry to protect England’s security and remain independent of any outside influence. However, since her reign began in 1558, people began to spread rumors about alleged “secret” lovers, including Robert Dudley.
An even bigger mystery is what happened to his wife. She died under mysterious circumstances in 1560. Did the Queen want her out of the picture?
The Succession Crisis of 1817
Another historical scandal lay in King George III’s failure to persuade even one of his nine sons to produce an heir. He tried in vain to get them to marry respectable women to keep the family lineage alive, until 1795, when his eldest son — the future King George IV — eventually wed.
However, his only child died childless in 1817, and thus began the “succession crisis.” Several of George’s sons hastily married European princesses in a bid to produce an heir.
King George III vs. Caroline
Let’s take it back to 1820. Another royal scandal ensued when King George III’s son took over and became King George IV. He and and his wife Caroline had a complicated relationship, to say the least. They had been living apart for two decades because they hated each other, and he was desperate to keep her off the throne.
In those days, adultery was the only acceptable grounds for separation, so he took her to court. The public supported Caroline.
The Annus Horribilis
2020 has been rough for everyone, but Queen Elizabeth II has been through some terrible times. 1992 was known as her ‘annus horribils,’ as disaster seemed to be around every corner. Not only did a fire destroy her home in Windsor Castle (repairs took years and cost the taxpayer almost $50 million!), but three of her children went through messy separations.
She summed it up by saying that “1992 is not a year on which I shall look back with undiluted pleasure.”
Camilla’s Confusing Titles
When Prince Charles married Camilla Parker-Bowles, everyone began to wonder — when he comes king, what title will she assume? When they married, the royal family’s official website stated that Camilla was to eventually be known as “Princess Consort.”
This was pretty strange, as the traditional title for a king’s spouse is “Queen Consort.” It is made more confusing by the fact that Camilla’s original title was supposed to be Princess of Wales, but this was kept for the late Diana.
Beatrice and Edo
Princess Beatrice was married earlier this year, and her husband’s identity has been subject of many stories in the press. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, known as Edo, is a multi-millionaire property tycoon.
He came under fire in the tabloids for apparently splitting with the mother of his son shortly before getting together with Beatrice. Dara Huang was forced to move out of their home, and had to sleep on a pal’s sofa as she scrambled for a new place to live.
Liz and Margaret’s Night Out
This scandalous story will make you smile! On VE Day 1945, a 19-year-old Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) and her sister, Margaret, were allowed to leave Buckingham Palace and join the crowds of regular citizens celebrating on the streets of London!
They reportedly ended up dancing the conga in The Ritz hotel with strangers. Their wild night was turned into a film called A Royal Night Out. It’s great to imagine the two princesses pretending to be normal teenagers!
Meghan Markle Sues British Tabloid
Meghan Markle has battled with the tabloid press since entering a relationship with Harry. In October 2019, it was announced that she was suing British newspaper The Mail for allegedly breaching privacy laws, infringing copyright, and breaching the Data Protection Act 2018.
This was because they had published a private letter she had sent to her father, Thomas Markle. The trial has been postponed to Autumn 2021, so we will have to wait to find out the verdict.
Intruder in Buckingham Palace
In 1982, one criminal decided to risk it all by breaking into Buckingham Palace in one of the most significant security breaches in royal history. Believe it or not, he was able to make it all the way into Queen Elizabeth II’s bedroom.
Somehow, Michael Fagan managed to scale a drainpipe and bypass armed guards, security cameras, and heat sensors to make his way into Her Majesty’s quarters. He and the Queen chatted for roughly 10 minutes before help arrived.
Prince Harry’s Party Years
Before he married Meghan Markle and assumed the title of the Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry was known as the bad boy of the royal family. In his 20s, he had a reputation for being a bit of a party animal.
He loved to mingle with the rich and famous at showbiz parties, and was frequently photographed by paparazzi after nights out on the town. He has now left his party years behind, preferring to spend time with his family.
Prince Phillip’s Car Accident
In 2019, The Duke of Edinburgh was involved in a nasty car accident close to the Sandringham estate in Norfolk. Police were called to the scene of a collision, with witnesses saying that his Land Rover had completely overturned after pulling out from a driveway.
He was helped out of the car by civilians and was reportedly conscious but feeling very shocked and shaken. At the age of 97, he was lucky to have escaped from the accident unscathed.
Kate’s Uncle Gary
The Duchess of Cambridge’s uncle has a reputation for being a controversial and outspoken character. Gary Goldsmith, the brother of Carole Middleton, publicly criticized Harry and Meghan on the social networking site LinkedIn, calling them “muppets craving attention.”
Goldsmith has been in the press for various disreputable incidents over the years. He has been married four times over the past 30 years, and was sentenced to community service for an altercation involving his current wife, Julie-Ann.
Victoria and Abdul
It has been well documented that Queen Victoria had a close relationship with an Indian attendant named Abdul Karim. Karim was one of her servants, and he was eventually promoted into her inner circle due to their friendship. The relationship is believed to have been platonic, but it was still controversial.
When Victoria died in 1901, her family members deported him and attempted to erase his existence from history. The relationship was captured in 2017 Hollywood movie Victoria & Abdul.
The Crown Controversy
Historical drama The Crown is one of the most successful series on Netflix. Each season follows Queen Elizabeth II, taking place in different eras of her reign. Its fourth season was released in November 2020, but it has been the subject of controversy due to its depiction of Charles and Diana.
It has been said to portray Charles in a largely negative light, and there have been calls for Netflix to include a disclaimer stating that the show is fictionalized.
Was He Really Born to Be King?
From day one, Prince Charles was a man of firsts and would often break the royal mold. In November 1948, a young Princess Elizabeth gave birth to Charles, with newspapers reporting at the time that he was a “lovely boy, a really splendid baby.”
Amazingly, the newborn prince was the first royal baby to be born at Buckingham Palace in the 20th century. While he didn’t have to grow up during the first or second world war, Charles would have his own battles as the years progressed…
Passing of the Crown
6 February, 1952, marked a bittersweet time in the history of the British monarchy. King George VI, Charles’s grandfather, was diagnosed with coronary thrombosis and ultimately passed away. This meant two important things. Firstly, George’s daughter, Elizabeth, immediately became the Queen of England.
Subsequentially, at just three years and three months of age, Charles was now the first in line for the throne. This would begin one of the longest periods that any royal has had as heir…
The Little Prince
As the years went on, Charles was given and more and more titles. However, one of his most important titles came in July 1958, when his mother Queen Elizabeth II named him Charles Prince of Wales. It made sense, seeing that the nine-year-old was a male heir to the throne.
Over a decade later, Charles was officially crowned as Prince of Wales at Caernarfon Castle. Despite his royal duties building up, Prince Charles was still determined to have some sort of normality in his life…
Like Any Other Student
As he grew into his adolescence, Prince Charles continued to break royal norms, determined to have some sort of “normal” life, whatever that might mean. In October 1967, he became the very first royal heir to attend university.
He studied at Trinity College, Cambridge until finally graduating in 1970 with a 2:2 in anthropology, archaeology, and history. Many casual fans wondered why a member of the British royal family wasn’t able to graduate with a first. Some speculate that it was for the following reason…
While Prince Charles’s personal life spiraled out of control later on in life, it seems like the royal family was unforgiving towards him long before he ever tied the knot with anyone. Relatives portrayed him as a bit of a rebel, with some members of the family telling the press that he was something of a “ladies’ man.”
However, Charles was quick to deny such claims and was deeply hurt by such accusations. While future relationships didn’t help his case, Charles has since spoken up…
The Saga Begins…
1971 was the year when Prince Charles’s personal life started to take some significant twists and turns. It was the year that he first met Camilla Shand and it wouldn’t take long before the two started dating. By all accounts, it seemed like a match made in heaven.
However, the couple ended up breaking things off when Camilla started to see Andrew Parker Bowles. They tied the knot in 1973 and Charles was back to square one. He turned his attentions elsewhere…
In the Navy
Around the same time that Prince Charles was entangled with Camilla, he started a six-month training program as a jet pilot with the Royal Air Force. With time, the young prince moved on to the Royal Navy, where he would serve on a number of ships and even train as a helicopter pilot.
During the last ten months of his service in the navy, Charles took command of the HMS Bronington. Many years later, his flying days would come to an end after crashing a BAe 146 in the Hebrides.
The First of Many Charities
In 1976, Charles put his navy days behind him and started to map out what he was going to do next with his life. Shortly after his service came to an end, the Prince of Wales used the $8000 he accumulated from his military pension to establish The Prince’s Trust.
This charity aims to help young people who are struggling. The Prince’s Trust was the first of over 25 charities that Prince Charles has either established or had a part to play in over the years.
He Once Dated Princess Diana’s Sister
It is common knowledge that Prince Charles was once married to the late Princess Diana. However, many aren’t aware that the Prince of Wales reportedly dated her older sister, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, despite already meeting her sister.
In 1977, it is believed that the two saw each other for about nine months. However, the relationship didn’t last and this was in part due to an embarrassing interview Sarah gave about Charles. She allegedly claimed that she wouldn’t marry him “if he were the dustman or the King of England.”
His Early Days With Diana
As previously mentioned, Charles had already met Diana Spencer in 1977. However, it wasn’t until 1980 that the Prince of Wales would consider dating her. According to biographer Jonathan Dimbleby, Diana had been supportive of Charles after he lost his uncle Lord Mountbatten.
“Without any apparent surge in feeling, he began to think seriously of her as a potential bride”, he wrote. As the media was skeptical about whether or not Charles actually had feelings for Diana, Prince Phillip pressured Charles into making a decision about their future, sooner rather than later…
Prince Charles Makes His Decision
When Prince Charles did propose to Diana, it was right before she embarked on a trip to Australia. He wanted to give her that time away to think about this big decision – one that would come with so many changes to her everyday life, for the rest of her life.
But she surprised him, and the world, by saying “yes” right away. In 1981, their engagement was announced; he was 31, she 19. But when asked if they are in love, his reply was, “Whatever ‘in love’ means.”
The Controversial Pair Get Married
His answer concerned many people, including both Diana and the reporter present. Those close to him explained that it had to do with the pressure put on him to pick a “smart match” to both spend his life with and bring into the Royal family, rather than a mere reflection of his love.
But even today, many believe it was foreshadowing of what was to come. Nonetheless, the couple was married at St Paul’s cathedral on the 29th of July, 1981.
William and Harry Are Born
One of the many priorities of the Royal family is to have many little Royal children, so it wasn’t long before the new couple became new parents as well. By June 21st of 1982, just a year later, Charles and Diana welcome Prince William of Wales into the family.
The early years of their marriage saw more good times, and their first child was followed by a second: Prince Harry, born on September 15th, 1984. But it wasn’t long before difficulties in their relationship became apparent.
The Downward Spiral Started
Whether it was merely clashing personalities or their 13-year age difference, the world may never know. But just five years after their marriage, the relationship was in jeopardy.
Diana, for one, had barely entered the most formative years of her life; years when the average person changes drastically, and quickly. Years later, a video surfaced of Diana saying on record that she had been “deeply in love” with someone who worked close to the family by 1986.
Charles Reunites With Camilla: Ex-Girlfriend and Future Wife
Coincidentally – or not – royal family policeman Barry Mannakee was transferred that year to another position (the Diplomatic Protection Squad) that would keep him farther away from Diana. It was that very same year when Charles reunited with an old flame: Camilla Parker Bowles.
They had briefly dated before his relationship with Diana began, but in order to pursue Diana with commitment, he cut off contact with her. When asked in the years to come what sparked their reconnection, Prince Charles admitted that his marriage was all but broken by that time.
Diana Takes a Lover
Meanwhile, Diana seemed more interested in protecting her own heart than protecting her reputation. It seemed like no secret to her that the Prince’s rekindled friendship with his old flame Camilla was far from just friendly. A transcript from a conversation between her and her horseback riding teacher, James Gilbey, occurred around the same time that was only released years later in 1992; when Charles and Diana were still married, but far from together.
In it, Gilbey professes his love to Diana and calls her by a pet name, “Squidgy,” 53 times – which gave their scandal the nickname, “Squidgygate.”
Prince Charles Has His Own Leaked Call
Shortly following Diana’s leaked phone call, another transcript was leaked – this time, of a conversation between Prince Charles and his “friend” Camilla, who herself was unhappily married. Rumors had already been widely circulating, but this conversation was proof enough for the masses.
One particularly convincing point was a comment Charles made to Camilla about turning into a tampon. Well, it’s no surprise that he and Diana announced their separation just a few months later.
Charles Talks to the Press
In the years to come, author Jonathan Dimbleby was given full access to the Prince along with his papers and diaries while working on a book about him, which was finally published in the 1994 publication The Prince of Wales.
In it, details are revealed of the Prince’s infidelity, along with personal accounts that present Diana as mentally unstable. Either way, the strains of their relationship became much clearer to the public. In Charles’ own words, he was “faithful and honorable” during the marriage, “until it became irretrievably broken down, us both having tried.”
Diana Speaks for Herself
It was only a matter of time before Princess Diana was given a voice in this, or perhaps gave herself one. On November 20th of 1995, Diana hosted Panorama for an interview in which she blamed Bowles for the demise of her own relationship with Prince Charles, describing her marriage as ‘crowded’.
“Well there were three of us in this marriage so it was a bit crowded,” she said very publicly to the 23 million people who watched the program.
From Separation to Official Divorce
Although they’d been separated for years, the widespread knowledge of the state of their relationship led Prince Charles and Princess Diana to take the next step in separating, and make their divorce official. In 1996 it was finalized.
It was the first time in history that an heir apparent and descendent to the throne was allowed to divorce, which would be followed by another major first: his permission to remarry, and even more shockingly, to another divorcee.
The Worst Was Yet to Come
Their English subjects were bewildered, to say the least. Three consecutively broken rules left them asking, do the rules actually matter anymore?
But before long, their concerns over time and tradition were put aside by a tragedy no one saw coming that shook not only England but the entire world: just one year after their divorce, Princess Diana was killed in a car crash while in Paris on the 31st of August, 1997. Despite their differences and separation, this would be very bad news for Prince Charles.
Charles Braces the Public With Camilla
On top of its widespread sadness and a resurgence of affection for the young Princess, the public turned a critical eye to Prince Charles. Many suspected his involvement in the tragedy which took her life, and villainized him for it. For a while, he kept a low profile – especially keeping his budding romance with Camilla out of the spotlight, even though everyone knew they were together.
But in time, he decided it was finally time to begin living his truth transparently. In 1999 he made his first public appearance with Camilla at a party at the Ritz.
Prince Charles Marries Camilla & Makes History
To say that the Queen approved of their relationship would be a far cry from the truth, but she did not ultimately get in the way of Charles and Camilla’s love. The couple spent years enjoying their relationship despite many odds against them, and took their time getting to the altar, even though she had been part of his intimate life and family for some time.
On April 9th, 2005, 30 years after their acquaintance was made, Prince Charles and Camilla were officially married at a register office in Windsor. Prince Harry later said, “We are very grateful for her. She’s made our father very happy.”
His Reactions to the Media
There’s no denying that Prince Charles’ relationship with the media hasn’t always been smooth sailing. During a gathering at St. Bride’s Fleet Street in 2002, the Royal member noted that at times, the press has been “awkward, cantankerous, cynical, at times intrusive, at times inaccurate, and at times deeply unfair and harmful to individuals and to institutions.”
Still, Prince Charles also made a reasonable point in addressing the fact that “from time to time, we are probably both a bit hard on each other, exaggerating the downsides and ignoring the good points in each.”
He “Talks to Plants”
Not only is Charles a reasonable guy but he’s also one with the Earth. In fact, he’s been promoting environmental awareness since the ’80s and has even received an award from the Harvard Medical School for his work in the natural world.
With that being said, it makes sense as to why Charles enjoys the occasional conversation with nature. During an interview with BBC, the Royal member admitted that “I happily talk to the plants and trees, and listen to them. I think it’s absolutely crucial.” Despite the backlash his comments received, Charles still stands by them.
Jack of All Trades
Believe it or not, Prince Charles is a man of many talents. As a child, Charles learned how to play the piano, trumpet, and cello. In the end, Charles stuck with cello and would go on to play in the Trinity College Orchestra during his undergraduate years.
Aside from music, Prince Charles writes books and even paints! In fact, Charles is an honorary member of the Royal Watercolor Society and the Royal Academy. Using watercolors, the Prince pulls inspiration for his art from nature and scenery.
William & Kate — Will History Repeat Itself?
There’s no doubt that Prince Charles and Princess Diana had a rocky marriage from the very beginning. Now, with rumors flying around that Prince William had cheated on Kate with their friend — Rose Hanbury — Royal fans fear that history will repeat itself with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Though the post has since been deleted, speculations intensified when British food writer and TV presenter Giles Coren clarified via Twitter that “Yes. It is an affair.” Whether or not these claims are true, one thing’s for sure — William and Kate have a ton of support in their corner!
Let’s be real here, people — becoming a parent or grandparent is a magical experience. We’re sure Prince Charles would agree considering that his grandchildren are the apple of his eye. In July of 2013, at the age of 64, Charles became a grandfather for the first time when Prince George was born.
Although Charles himself admits that keeping up with his grandchildren “wear me out,” there’s absolutely no doubt that they have him wrapped around their tiny fingers. Take this photo, for instance. Charles looks like he’s having the time of his life while Prince Louis grabs onto his face.
Harry & Meghan? He Approves
We think it’s safe to say that Prince Charles was completely on board and supportive of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from the very beginning of their relationship. Not only did Charles walk Meghan down the aisle on her wedding day — as her own father couldn’t be there — but he also helped the newlyweds “soldier on” during their first year of marriage despite the controversy and gossip that surrounded them as Royals.
With all of this being said, it’s clear that Prince Charles shares a close relationship with his sons as well as his daughters-in-law.
Harry & Meghan Are Leaving?!
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made headlines after issuing a statement that as of March 31st, they will officially transition out of their roles as “senior members” of Britain’s Royal family. Although Queen Elizabeth II issued a statement stating that she and her family “are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family,” Charles is reportedly “livid” about his son and daughter-in-law’s announcement.
He also allegedly blames Meghan for pushing Harry to leave the Royal spotlight. While Harry and Meghan received a $6 million yearly stipend from Charles prior to their exit, sources say that the Prince of Wales is still mulling over how much he’ll give the couple now that they’re stepping down.
Relationship With the Queen
Throughout history, the relationship between Queen Elizabeth II and her heir has been a subject of much debate. The fact that the Queen’s official royal duties began while Charles was still quite young has led to suggestions that Charles may have not formed as strong a bond with his mother as he had with nannies and especially his beloved grandmother.
According to Charles himself, it was “inevitably the nursery staff” and his grandmother who taught him to play, witnessed his first steps, and disciplined him. During an emotional tribute at the Queen Mother’s funeral in 2002, Charles explained that “she meant everything and I had dreaded this moment along with, I know, countless others… I adored her.”
Will He Be King?
For those that don’t know, there have been rumors circulating online and in tabloids that Queen Elizabeth wants to disregard the line of succession and make Prince William along with Kate Middleton the next King and Queen of England, instead of Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
While we can admit that Prince Charles has caused quite a bit of controversy over the years, this speculation just isn’t true. Even if Queen Elizabeth wanted to change her successor, she doesn’t actually have the power to do that. Aside from that fact, Prince Charles is simply the most qualified Royal member to become King.
Amid the spread of Covid-19 in 2020, Prince Charles found it difficult to avoid shaking hands when greeting people at the Prince’s Trust Awards held at the London Palladium. Upon stepping on the red carpet, Charles extended his hand to Sir Kenneth Olisa — the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London — before remembering the precautions in place to limit the spread of germs.
When he realized, he quickly retracted his hand only to place his palms together in the Hindu greeting “Namaste” instead and he continued to greet each person in that manner for the remainder of the event.
It turns out that Charles’ method to greet people with a “Namaste” didn’t work out as planned. On March 18th, Charles’ office at Clarence House issued a statement announcing that Prince of Wales has tested positive for Covid-19 and is now in self-isolation. He began showing symptoms over the weekend and was tested shortly after.
Charles is currently staying at his Scottish residence on the Queen’s Balmoral estate with a small number of staff keeping separate from him. According to a source, the Prince is only displaying mild symptoms and is otherwise in good health.
How Did He Get It?
We’re not exactly sure where the Prince of Wales caught the virus from. According to the statement his office made, “it is not possible to ascertain from whom the Prince caught the virus owing to the high number of engagements he carried out in his public role during recent weeks.”
Following a public event that he attended on March 12th, Prince Charles has had a number of private meetings with individuals, all of whom have been made aware of the situation.
On May 6th, 2023, the time finally came for Prince Charles’s coronation, during which he officially became King. The event took place in Westminster Abbey and roughly 2,300 people attended.
Some of the famous faces at the coronation were Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, Emma Thompson, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, and Stephen Fry, to name a few. Prince Harry was also there, despite no longer being a royal, but his wife Meghan Markle wasn’t present.
King Charles’ coronation ceremony included five phases. The first part was recognizing Charles as the rightful heir to the throne. This included presenting him to the people, making declarations, and sounding trumpets.
The second step was the oath promising to “seek to foster an environment in which people of all faiths may live freely.” Next was the anointment, which included oil in a gold flask. Then, St. Edward’s crown was placed on Charles’ head, marking him as King. Finally, King Charles sat on his throne, completing the ceremony.
Of course, with Prince Charles becoming King, his wife Camilla is now Queen. While Camilla’s ceremony was much shorter, it wasn’t any less of a spectacle. Queen Mary’s crown was placed on Camilla’s head, followed by the new Queen taking the throne.
Since she’s not the UK’s main leader, Queen Camilla did not have to take an oath. After the Queen was crowned, she and the King continued on to Buckingham Palace to begin the weekend of celebrations.