In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, there was the only couple that the world cared about: Prince Charles and Princess Diana. The Royal couple’s love story was known in every city around the world, and since their first introduction, the world hasn’t gone a day without remembering their young love. Prince Charles was set to become King of England, and after only minutes of meeting Lady Diana Spencer, he knew he had found his partner for one the most iconic roles in history.
On July 29th, 1981, more than 750 million viewers watched in total adoration was Lady Diana became Her Royal Highness Princess Diana of Wales. The wedding was a true fairytale; the bride arrived in a horse-drawn carriage, wore a dress with a 25-foot long train, and married in a cathedral. Prior to their wedding, there wasn’t another moment like that in history.
Only one year later, Charles and Diana welcomed their first child and future heir to the throne, William Arthur Philip Louis, who would one day be king. Diana and William and a very sweet relationship from the beginning, and as time went on, they grew closer and closer. Less than two years later, Charles and Diana welcomed another baby, Henry Charles Albert David.
Relational turmoil developed very quickly in Charles and Dian’s marriage; Prince Charles began having an affair with his long-time friend, Camilla Parker Bowels, while Diana suffered from an eating disorder and loneliness. The distance between Charles and Diana was painfully obvious to everyone; what was once a fairytale love story was becoming a tragedy.
In 1996, about 8 years after Charles began his affair with Camilla, Prince Charles demanded a divorce from Princess Diana. Diana remarked the time with a truly heartbreaking statement, “Well, there were three of us in the marriage so it was a bit crowded…”
Buckingham Palace issued a statement regarding the terms of the divorce as: “The Princess of Wales has agreed to Prince Charles's request for a divorce. The Princess will continue to be involved in all decisions relating to the children and will remain at Kensington Palace with offices in St James's Palace. The Princess of Wales will retain the title and be known as Diana, Princess of Wales."
Only days later, Princess Diana was stripped of the most prominent part of Royal title: Her Royal Highness. Prince Charles had wished her full title, “Her Royal Highness Princess of Wales,” be stripped, but the Queen decided to let her keep her title as Princess given her adoration for the British people and her role as Prince William and Prince Harry’s mother. Diana was heartbroken at the thought of Camilla one day having her title.
Diana was heartbroken over the loss of her marriage, and although she had been grieving it for years, being stripped of her title was one of the hardest bits to swallow. Princess Diana’s former butler, Paul Burrel, shares that Prince William recognized his mother’s grief and made a promise to her. The promise was simple; William promised that he would give Diana her Royal title back once he became King.
When Princess Diana tragically died in a car accident in 1997, the world mourned alongside her sons. Over the years, they’ve watched them grow into strong and successful men. William is still not King, but when he is, we have full confidence that he will reinstate his mother’s title. What do you think?