What Camilla Parker Bowles Is Allowed to Wear in Public Next to Prince Charles That Princess Diana Never Could

We know members of the royal family have specific guidelines and protocols for how to dress when they’re on duty. But when Prince Charles was married to Princess Diana there was one thing she was banned from wearing around him that didn’t have anything to do with a rule fashion rule.

Read on to find out what that was and why Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall is permitted to wear what Diana never could.

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles
Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

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Princess Diana could not wear these shoes around Prince Charles

When Prince Charles and Diana were together, the princess was banned from wearing heels around the future king. That’s because she and Charles were the same height at 5 foot 10. Therefore, if Diana wore shoes with high heels she would tower over the prince so she had to refrain from wearing them.

This explains why the princess was seen in flats most of the time when she stood right next to Charles. However, wearing heels isn’t a problem for Camilla.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana
Prince Charles and Princess Diana | Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

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Camilla wears a brand Diana avoided

Prince Charles’ current wife almost always wears heels around him with no noticeable height issue because she is a couple of inches shorter than him at 5 foot 8. The duchess seems to be mindful that her heels are never too high though and usually opts for lower block heels or pumps.

One of Camilla’s favorite brands is Chanel as she been spotted many times over the years sporting heels by the french fashion label. Diana fans may recall that the princess avoided wearing the brand after she found out Charles and Camilla were having an affair.

Designer Jayson Brundson relayed a story that Diana told him after he suggested she wear Chanel for an event in 1996.

“I found a pair of Chanel shoes, and I said, ‘Well these would look great with the Versace,’” Brundson told Harper’s BAZAAR Australia. “She said ‘No, I can’t wear linked Cs, the double C.’ So I asked why, and she said, ‘It’s Camilla and Charles.’”

Camilla Parker Bowles and Prince Charles
Camilla Parker Bowles and Prince Charles | Karwai Tang/WireImage

Camilla has had her heels flown to her while she was abroad

Like most women, Camilla is particular about her shoes and has her favorite pairs she likes to bring along when she travels. But unlike most women, if the Duchess of Cornwall forgets to pack them she can have them shipped halfway around the world to her. This was the case when a pair was flown from the U.K. to her when she was in Kuwait.

The Express noted that a palace spokesman later said that “The duchess did not ask for the shoes to be sent, but a member of her staff did arrange for them to be flown over to her after they realized that they had forgotten to pack them. They were not specially couriered, but were sent along with a number of items and paperwork as is often the case on royal tours.”

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