Princess Diana and Prince Charles and More of the Most Shocking Royal Divorces

Royal weddings have all the makings of a fairy tale as a real-life prince and princess say their vows in a lavish ceremony and are expected to live happily ever after. But sometimes their marriages are far less glamorous and end in bitter divorces instead. Many of the royal unions over the years have been rocked by scandals and illicit affairs that shocked the public.

From the shocking divorces of the British royals to those of Monaco and more, here is a list of some famous royal marriages that ended in divorce.

15. Princess Victoria of Edinburgh and Ernest Louis, Grand Duke of Hesse

A black and white portrait of Ernest Louis in a uniform.

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Princess Victoria Melita of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Edinburgh divorced her first cousin, Ernest Louis, Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine, in 1901. The decision to divorce was against the family’s wishes and received strong opposition from their grandmother, Queen Victoria. It wasn’t until the queen passed away that the two were able to officially end their marriage.

The princess later married another first cousin, Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich of Russia.

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