The Guardian stated that the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was “by far the biggest television event of the year” in the U.K. That proves how much people love to watch the royal wedding. But the most exciting thing is the development of the whole relationship and the things that lead to their wedding day. Some royal relationships will full of candles and some were quite romantic. Here are some facts about some of the most famous royal relationships and the truth behind them.
King George VI and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon
Despite the fact did King George VI and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon got married before we were even born, we got some insight into the relationship from Netflix’s royal adaptation The Crown, and the Oscar-winning film The King’s Speech starring Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter.
Before becoming the King he was known as Prince Albert. In 1920 he met Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, who was the daughter of a Scottish aristocrat. He immediately fell in love with her, but according to Bowles-Lyon, he wasn’t the only one interested in her. However, Prince Albert insisted and he ended up proposing to her three times before she would finally accept his proposal.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip
According to Young Prince Philip: His Turbulent Early Life, King George consented to let his daughter marry Philip on the condition that Elizabeth waits until she was 21 years old. Mabell Airlie, the lady-in-waiting to Queen Mary, said that the king was really just in “secret dread” of losing “his constant companion in shooting, walking, riding — in fact everything,” and that is the reason he was holding off their union. On the other hand, Balmoral Castle guests allegedly saw Philip as “rather unpolished,” and others didn’t support his progressive German education. Even the King and Queen Mother deemed him “rough, ill-mannered, uneducated and would probably not be faithful” when they first met him. But, as time went by, their opinions, as well as the public’s, changed in Philip’s favor.
Princess Anne and Captain Timothy Laurence
In 1989 the British newspaper The Sun obtaining letters that have been stolen from the Royal Family. They all have been addressed to Princess Anne and since they believed they were stolen The Sun gave the letters to the police. “The stolen letters were addressed to Princess Royal by Commander Timothy Laurence, the Queen’s Equerry,” the royal statement said. “We have nothing to say about the contents of personal letters sent to Her Royal Highness by a friend which were stolen and which are the subject of a police investigation.” after almost 4 months the Princess and Mark Phillips her husband ended up their marriage. Princess Anne and Timothy Laurence got married in a small ceremony in Scotland in 1992.
Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson
Probably the most scandalous royal couple. Sarah Ferguson reveals in her autobiography, My Story, that she and Prince Andrew met when they were children and as they grow older they started spending more time together. Ferguson also revealed that Andrew “seemed like a very charming, gentle giant who had sprung magically from the woodwork.” She continued, “Now a lamp shone into my forest, and I’d been rescued by this great-looking man with a blinding smile.” Although she’d become smitten with the handsome prince, Ferguson and Andrew both admitted that their relationship wasn’t a “thunderbolt.” The couple married in the summer of 1986.
Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones
Prince Edward is the only child of Queen Elizabeth II who still hasn’t gotten a divorce. Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones were in a relationship for 5 years before they got engaged. Sophie Rhys-Jones was from a “typical middle-class English home,” the royal couple met at Queen’s Tennis Club in 1993. They got married in June 1999 at St. George’s Castle.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana
Diana was just 16 years old when she first met Charles who was 28 years old at the time. Before meeting Diana he was dating her older sister Sarah. Sarah bragged how she was responsible for Diana and Charles’ marriage. “I introduced them. I’m Cupid,” Sarah shared with The Guardian. The Guardian published how Charles thought “what fun” Diana was when he first met her. “I think that Diana will keep me young, apart from anything else. I think I shall be exhausted,” he joked. Diana said, “I mean, it’s only 12 years and lots of people have got married with that sort of age difference.” they got married in July 1981 at Buckingham Palace when Diana was just 19 years old.
Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles
When Charles was in his early 20s he met Camilla Shand at a polo match in 1970. During their relationship, Charles went on to join the Royal Navy in 1971 and the couple split. Camilla married Major Andrew Parker Bowles almost 3 years later. Even though Charles married Diana in 1981, the love Camilla and Charles had hasn’t disappeared. By 1992 the whole world knew about their affair which led to Charles and Diana’s divorce. Camilla and Andrew Parker Bowles divorced in 1995 a year before Charles and Diana got their divorce. Camilla and Prince Charles got married in 2006.
Prince William and Kate Middleton
Despite many people’s beliefs that Kate Middleton and Prince William met while attending the same college, royal expert Katie Nicholl found out the truth after she talked with some of Kate’s friends. “Uh-uh, she didn’t meet him at St. Andrew’s [University]. She met him before she got there while she was at school in her sixth form through some of her friends.”
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
In the royal couple’s first interview with BBC after their engagement news, Harry revealed, “We were introduced by a mutual friend.” Meghan added, “It was definitely a setup — it was a blind date.” Meghan Markle revealed how she didn’t know much about Harry or his family. After they met they went for a drink and then the next day they went out for another date. They got married in May 2018.