Royal news: The Queen’s weird royal rule that made Diana’s nights hell

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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.

Charles and Diana pictured before their split in 1992 Image GETTY
Charles and Diana pictured before their split in 1992 Image GETTY

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.

Diana is said to have found the royal rule hard to follow Image GETTY
Diana is said to have found the royal rule hard to follow Image GETTY

The spectacular ceremony at St Paul’s Cathedral was watched by an estimated 750 million viewers across the world.

But Charles and Diana separated in 1992, with the Princess revealing details about the breakdown of their relationship in a groundbreaking Panorama interview in 1995.

The Princess said there were “three of us” in her marriage to Charles, in reference to his long-term love Camilla.

It came a year after Charles sensationally admitted his infidelity in a documentary broadcast in 1994.

Asked if he was faithful and honourable to Diana, Charles said: “Yes, until it became irretrievably broken down, us both having tried.”

The couple went on to divorce in 1996 after years of tensions prompted the Queen to write to the pair urging them to end their marriage.

Diana died a year later in a car crash in Paris. Charles went on to marry Camilla in 2005.

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