Prince Charles Banned Princess Diana From Doing This 1 Thing

It’s no secret that Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s marriage was not a happy one. By the time, the Prince and Princess of Wales welcomed Prince Harry into the world on September 15, 1984–their marriage was virtually over. The pair were so different that they practically led separate lives. The princess took her sons to Disney World and McDonald’s exposing them to “normal” life while also educating them on real-world issues like HIV/AIDS and the hunger crisis. Prince Charles, in turn, went about his own royal duties while bonding with his sons.

Though they tried to stay out of each other’s way –Prince Charles did try and keep Princess Diana under his control. In fact, he outright banned his then-wife from doing one thing in particular.

Prince Charles banned Princess Diana from a TV game show appearance

In 1987, the Duke of Edinburgh Award and Save the Children came together to organize a one-off television special, It’s A Royal Knockout to raise money from both organizations. Celebrities and members of the royal family including, Prince Edward, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Sarah Ferguson all dressed in Elizabethan costumes to raise money for the event. Princess Diana, who was deeply devoted to her charity work desperately wanted to participate. However, Prince Charles “banned” her from taking part. In a 2006 interview, singer Toyah Wilcox revealed, “Edward wanted her to do it, but Prince Charles banned Diana from doing it.”

Was It’s A Royal Knockout a success?

Though It’s A Royal Knockout raised over £1.5m for the Duke of Edinburgh Award and Save the Children –it wasn’t exactly a success, and in the end, Princess Diana was probably glad she didn’t participate. According to royal insiders, the charity special was deemed “somewhat humiliating.” Comedian Robert Deering who participated in the special remembered, “you could feel the disapproval from older members of the Royal Family.”

Meanwhile, royal biographer and historian Ben Pimlott explained that Queen Elizabeth thought the whole thing was a travesty. She said, “there was not a single courtier who did not think it was a mistake.” Pimlott also explained, “It made the public stunningly aware that a sense of decorum was not an automatic quality in the Royal Family.”

Why was Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s marriage so unhappy?

Aside from their very different personalities and passions, Prince Charles and Princess Diana could not seem to see eye to eye on anything. As Royal biographer Penny Junor describes it,

[Princess Diana] was just bitterly unhappy, she was disappointed in her marriage as was Charles it was a car crash from the very beginning. When Charles and Diana got together it seemed on paper that this was the most perfect match, but Diana’s childhood had been very difficult and the happy jolly-go-lucky venire that she presented to the world was nothing more than a venire. Charles was a very complex character and the two of them was about the worst match you could possibly have made.

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