Princess Diana Was Forced To Wear Low Heels on Her Wedding Day

When it came time for Prince Charles to marry, the British royal family had a lot to say in the matter. They were deliberate about trying to find a young meek woman whom they hoped would play her role at the prince’s side. However, they never expected the world to fall in love with Princess Diana or for the young princess to usurp her husband in popularity.

However, from the moment they wed, there was always an attempt to shrink the princess, beginning with her specially made wedding shoes.

The Prince and Princess of Wales
The Prince and Princess of Wales| Terry Fincher/Princess Diana Archive/Getty Imagess

Princess Diana had no idea her engagement to Prince Charles would thrust her into the spotlight

Princess Diana was just 18 when she caught Prince Charles’ eye. Her older sister, Sarah Spencer, had previously dated the prince, and she was thrilled to be swept up in the romantic illusion. Unfortunately. she had no idea that Prince Charles was being pushed into marriage by his family and that he was still in love with his ex, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (then, Camilla, Parker Bowles).

In fact, the princess was so ill-prepared for her role in the royal family. She had no idea that the announcement of her engagement to Prince Charles would cause a media circus across the globe.

 “My husband and I, we were told when we got engaged that the media would go quietly, and it didn’t, and then when we were married they said it would go quietly and it didn’t,” she told BBC in 1995, as E! News reports. “And then it started to focus very much on me, and I seemed to be on the front of a newspaper every single day, which is an isolating experience, and the higher the media put you, place you, the bigger the drop. And I was very aware of that.”

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Princess Diana’s wedding gown was full of intricate details

Everything Princess Diana did was watched, envied, copied, and scrutinized. Her wedding dress alone defined a decade of wedding gowns. The dress was designed by then-husband-and-wife design team David Emanuel and Elizabeth Emanuel. According to Town & Country,

The ivory silk taffeta dress had 10,000 pearls attached to it, with appliqués cut from antique lace (the something old) at a British silk farm, as well as a square of Carrickmacross lace that once belonged to Queen Mary. There was a small blue bow sewn into the waistband, too (the something blue).

The princess gown was also costly, costing $115,000 in 1981 ($342,803 in 2020).

Princess Diana was forced to wear low heels on her wedding day

As the late princess stated and Netflix’s The Crown depicts, she was never supposed to upstage Prince Charles. However, despite the royal family’s efforts, the public was absolutely enamored with her.

That didn’t stop the royals from trying. On her wedding day, Princess Diana was forced to wear low heels to not stand above Prince Charles. In his book Battle of Brothers: William and Harry – The Inside Story of a Family in Tumult, historian Robert Lacey describes Princess Diana’s specially designed wedding shows.

He writes, “Her silk bridal slippers were embroidered with 542 sequins and 132 matching pearls—the heels kept deliberately low so as not to upstage the groom: at five foot 10, Diana was exactly the same height as Charles.”