10 Most Controversial Royal Weddings


10 Most Controversial Royal Weddings

Most Scandalous, Controversial Royal Weddings of the Past 100 Years

It’s not all custom wedding dresses, churches filled with foreign dignitaries and “I do’s” watched by millions: Some royal weddings come with their fair share of drama, headlines and controversy


What could keep a parent from their child’s wedding? Well, for Prince Ernst-August of Hanover (who is the estranged husband of Princess Caroline of Monaco), a few missing castles will do the trick. The royal, who is head of the deposed House of Hanover in Germany, opposed his son (Prince Ernst-August Jr.)’s wedding, because he wanted the property (including multiple castles!) that he deeded over to his son in the mid-’00s for tax purposes. “The decision was not easy for me because it concerns my son,” the elder Ernst-August told Handelsblatt, a German newspaper. “But I am constrained to preserve the interests of the House of Hanover and the property, including cultural property, which has been its property for centuries.” Despite his father’s displeasure, the wedding went on, with crowds lining the streets outside Hanover’s Market Church. Though Caroline herself didn’t attend, all four of her children did, including Princess Alexandra of Hanover, Ernst-August’s half-sister.

Charles couldn't hide his joy while Meghan giggled at Prince's 70th birthday party
Charles couldn’t hide his joy while Meghan giggled at Prince’s 70th birthday party


Perhaps the most scandalous royal relationship of the past 50 years, Charles and Camilla first met back in the 1970s and dated for a brief period of time. The formal relationship ended, with Camilla marrying someone else (Andrew Parker-Bowles), but the affection between the two never went away. Charles even begged Camilla not to marry Parker-Bowles just before their wedding. Charles, of course, went on to marry Princess Diana, but less than five years into his marriage, began an affair with Camilla. This infidelity was revealed to the public in the early ’90s, putting both Charles and Camilla at the center of international scorn and disapproval. (Looking back, Camilla has called this time in her life “horrid.”) Even after Charles and Diana divorced, and later, after Diana’s 1997 death, it seemed as though there was no hope for a future for Charles and Camilla — especially if Charles wanted to be able to remain in his position as heir to the throne. Against what seemed like insurmountable odds, however, the two debuted a new relationship in early 1999, and eventually, wed in 2005. However, in a nod to the past controversy that clouded their relationship, Camilla goes by the Duchess of Cornwall, not the Princess of Wales — a title, that, though technically hers, is still closely associated with Princess Diana. It is also unknown if she will take the title of Queen Consort upon Charles’s succession to the throne.


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