Traditionally, wedding vows saw a man commit “to love and to cherish” his wife, while a bride would commit “to love, cherish and to obey”.
But Diana saw fit to have “obey” removed from her own vows, and she became the first royal woman to do so.
Instead, Diana only pledged to Charles that she would “love him, comfort him, honour and keep him, in sickness and in health”, according to a New York Times report from the time.
The Queen had herself pledged to “obey” the Duke of Edinburgh when they married in 1947, despite the fact she would one day be the nation’s head of state.
Princess Diana had key word removed from wedding vows – unlike Fergie and Sophie Wessex
Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles married in 1981
But then Princess Elizabeth was said to have wanted a traditional marriage.
Diana’s decision to change her vows was quite a statement at the time, and some royal brides after Diana opted not to follow her precedent.
When Sarah Ferguson married Prince Andrew in 1986, she kept the word “obey” in her vows.
However, reports suggested while Sarah said her vows, she playfully winked at Prince Andrew when it came to the “obey” part.
Prince William experienced some difficulty with Kate’s wedding ring in 2011
Even in 1999, Sophie Rhys-Jones opted to keep “obey” in her vows upon marrying the Queen’s youngest child, Prince Edward.
But modern royal brides like Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle did omit the word, in keeping with a more modern approach to marriage.
A member of the Church of England, General Synod told the Telegraph at the time of Kate and Prince William’s wedding that the obedience vow was “relatively rare” in wedding services.
Meghan’s vows were instead “to have and to hold, from this day forward; for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part”.
Meghan Markle omitted ‘obey’ from her vows in 2018
Royal weddings are watched by millions of people, and while they largely go ahead without a hitch, there have been some famous blunders at nuptials in recent decades.
Famously, a nervous Diana got Prince Charles’ name wrong while reciting her vows, calling him Philip Charles Arthur George rather than Charles Philip.
Prince Edward also had some issues getting the wedding ring on Sophie’s finger during their wedding at St George’s Chapel, Windsor.
The same issue sprang up again for Prince William, with Kate’s ring reportedly resized close to her wedding day.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK