Princess Diana Refused to Wear This Iconic Designer After Her Divorce

Princess Diana and Prince Charles got divorced in 1996 after their four-year separation. With divorce still fresh on Diana’s mind, she refused to wear an iconic designer for a heartbreaking reason. Keep reading to get all the details on the designer Diana wouldn’t wear after her divorce from Prince Charles.

Australian designer Jayson Brundson told Harper’s Bazaar Australia why Princess Diana would wear a specific designer after her divorce.

Brundson went to the Ritz Carlton in Double Bay to help the princess get ready for a hospital charity event. Hairdresser Joh Bailey, who was Diana’s hairdresser for the event, invited Brundson because he knew he was a big fan of Diana’s.

Princess Diana
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“[…] After Joh had finished her hair she had to get ready for a hospital visit and she said I’m going to wear a cream Versace skirt suit. It was a very fitted jacket and pencil skirt, and she said, ‘but I don’t know what accessories to wear with it,'” Bundson told Harper’s Bazaar Australia.

“Joh then said, ‘well Jayson’s really good at these things so why don’t you ask him?’ and I was kind of put on the spot. So she said, ‘alright, well I’ll go and show you what I’ve got.'”

The designer Diana refused to wear

“She went back to her bedroom and she came out holding like handfuls of shoes and bags and just dumped them all down on the couch. Then said, ‘What do you think?’ so I went through them all and I found a pair of Chanel shoes, and I said, ‘Well these would look great with the Versace,’ and she said ‘No, I can’t wear linked Cs, the double C.”

“So I asked why, and she said, ‘it’s Camilla and Charles,'” Bundson said. Instead of the Chanel shoes, she wore a pair by Gucci.

The timing was important

“It was definitely the timing, it being post-divorce,” Brundson said of Diana’s decision to abstain from wearing the Chanel shoes.

“She would have seen linked Cs and they would have just reminded her of Charles and Camilla. The shoes were quite boldly Chanel, I think they had gold linked Cs on them. And I think for photo optics, people would have honed in on that considering it was so fresh after the divorce as well,” he added.

The divorce

Princess Diana’s divorce from Prince Charles came after years of drama surrounding Charles’ relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles. Charles met Camilla in the 1970s and the two maintained their relationship for decades before getting married in a civil ceremony in 2005. Camilla wasn’t considered wife material by the royal family so Charles had to find a more suitable match.

Enter Princess Diana. Charles and Diana started dating in 1980 and got married the following year in one of the biggest royal weddings ever. The first time they met, Diana was sixteen years old and Charles was dating Diana’s sister, Lady Sarah Spencer.

In tape recordings with royal biographer Andrew Morton, Princess Diana discussed her marriage with Prince Charles and his affair with Camilla. She talked about one instance in particular when she confronted Camilla. At the time of publication, no one knew Morton’s source was actually Princess Diana herself. That piece of information was released later.

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles.
Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles | Anwar Hussein/WireImage

“I was terrified of her. I said, ‘I know what’s going on between you and Charles and I just want you to know that,’” Diana told Morton.

“She said to me: ‘You’ve got everything you ever wanted. You’ve got all the men in the world fall in love with you and you’ve got two beautiful children, what more do you want?’ So I said, ‘I want my husband’. And I said, ‘I’m sorry I’m in the way … and it must be hell for both of you. But I do know what’s going on. Don’t treat me like an idiot.’”