“In sickness and in health” and “until death do us part” are two phrases that, in the past, have been used with force and conviction to strengthen a loving bond between two people after marriage. These days, this nightmare called divorce is more common than you think, and it has hit British royalty.
In November 1947, Elizabeth married Lieutenant Felipe Mountbatten, who a few days before the wedding, King George VI – Philip’s father-in-law – granted her the noble title of Duke of Edinburgh, convinced that this union would be indissoluble. And so it was. Until her death in April 2021, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip of Edinburgh were married.
However, during 74 years of what is considered “the Crown’s preferred marriage”, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip have witnessed serious ruptures in their family circle. Inside independent in spanishWe share a count of the most notable splits:
Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones
One of the first breakups of the British Crown was that of Princess Margaret of England who, at the age of 22, fell in love with a divorced captain named Peter Townsend, but her parents objected and the couple had to separate.
When Elizabeth ascended the throne, she tried to marry her younger sister to one of the nation’s princes, but was unsuccessful. Princess Margaret fell in love with photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones, a love that tried to be boycotted, but the marriage bond was consummated on May 6, 1960.
The love was short-lived, despite the fact that Queen Elizabeth II granted them the titles of nobility, because in 1978, Princess Margaret and Antony separated. He was seen in those years in the company of attractive women; while she had an affair with a gardener who was 17 years her junior.
Princess Anne and Mark Phillips
The divorce of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips was one of the most painful breakups for the British Crown, as after 16 years of marriage, it ended due to a crisis involving a third party.
According to the stories of the nobility, in the early 1970s, news circulated about the strengthening of the relationship between Princess Anne and then Captain Mark Phillips, who were fully in love. The Queen Mother supported the union and they were married in 1973, although the relationship between Mark and his mother-in-law did not start well as the groom did not want to accept a peerage before the big event.
Mark did not like the royal family, however, he had two children with Princess Anne: Peter and Zara Phillips. It wasn’t until 1989 when word got out that the royal lady was writing love letters to another captain named Timothy Laurence, which led to the couple’s divorce in 1992. The following year, in 1993, Princess Anne and Laurence got married and are still together to this day.
Princess Diana and Prince Charles
In 1992, the separation of Prince Charles – who was the heir to the British crown – and Diana of Wales was announced. That same year, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson also raved about their divorce. The separations were effective until 1996, just a few months apart.
The failed marriage between Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson – now the Duchess of York – did not surprise residents or outsiders. The British Crown and the world press cataloged her as an “ordinary woman” who did not follow royal protocols; Some called her “vulgar”. Years later, the media would reinforce the theory of an alleged romance between Ferguson and a wealthy American named Steve Wyatt.
As for Prince Charles and Diana of Wales, one of the most emphatic versions suggests that when Queen Elizabeth II’s son married ‘Lady Di’ in 1981, he was not really in love with her, but his lover Camilla Parker-Bowls. This would have caused friction in a relationship plagued by lies, infidelities and a tragic outcome.
It wasn’t until 1996 that Diana, Princess of Wales, announced her divorce settlement and began an independent life from the British crown, which many found irritated Queen Elizabeth II. In an interview with the network BBC, ‘Lady Di’ spoke of extramarital affairs, assuring that “there were three of us in that marriage”. He also revealed that he suffered from depression, rampant bulimia and self-harm, caused by his emotional breakup.
Diana of Wales and Prince Charles had two children, Guillermo and Enrique; and the illustrious ‘Lady Di’ died in a controversial car accident in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris, France. In the car were her then-partner Dodi Al-Fayed and the unit’s driver, Henri Paul.