Royal news: The Queen’s weird royal rule that made Diana’s nights hell
The Queen made Diana’s evenings “agony” by keeping the Princess of Wales up late as time-honoured royal rules dictated nobody should go to bed before the Queen, it has been claimed.
And Diana is said to have found it so difficult to stay up that she was driven to excuse herself before the Queen, breaking the royal rule.
Speaking in a previous interview, Sir William Heseltine, one of the Queen’s former private secretaries, described how Diana found the rule hard to follow.
Sir William said: “For Diana the long royal evenings were agony.
“There’d be an hour or so in the sitting room of everyone sitting around making conversation, and nobody felt it right to go to bed before the Queen did.
“And Diana was driven to such extremes that she’d excuse herself and go to bed, which was thought to be rather bad form, going to bed before the Queen.”
Sir William served as the Queen’s private secretary from 1986 to 1990.
Diana joined the Royal Family when she married the Queen’s eldest son Prince Charles in July 1981, months after the pair announced their engagement.
The spectacular ceremony at St Paul’s Cathedral was watched by an estimated 750 million viewers across the world
Source: EXPRESS CO UK