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12 Small Details From Prince Charles And Diana’s Wedding ‘The Crown’ Brought To Light

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The Crown may not have depicted the actual wedding ceremony of Princess Diana and Prince Charles, but the show nonetheless provides small, revealing details about their big day.

The wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles happened on July 29, 1981, at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. Heralded as a fairy tale come true, the televised event drew in hundreds of millions of viewers, all of whom were hungry for a little slice of happily ever after. 

But Prince Charles and Princess Diana's wedding was far from an idealistic fairy tale. In the aptly named Season 4 episode "Fairytale," The Crown depicts a number of true events and details - including revelations about Prince Charles and Princess Diana's engagement and how the couple spent the months before the ceremony - that paint the supposedly happy couple in starker terms. The show is fictional, however, and its realism goes only so far: There are plenty of The Crown Princess Diana wedding facts that were left out, and they give an even deeper understanding about the ceremony and relationship.

All of these small details about Charles and Diana's wedding reveal the royal couple in a different light than how people at the time wanted to imagine them.

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    Diana Lost So Much Weight That It Caused Problems For Her Wedding Dress Designer

    Diana Lost So Much Weight That It Caused Problems For Her Wedding Dress Designer
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    The Crown shows Diana Spencer's insecurities and anxiety by depicting her struggle with bulimia. Her feelings of loneliness, heartache, and depression in the weeks before her wedding only intensify her illness. 

    Diana admitted to struggling with bulimia and considered it "a symptom of what was going on in" her relationship with Charles. Indeed, pre-wedding nerves affected her so deeply that she had a bout of bulimia on the night before the big day. As Princess Diana recalled years later:

    I felt I was a lamb to the slaughter. I knew it and I couldn't do anything about it.

    Bulimia took such a toll on Diana's frame in the weeks before her wedding that her waist shrunk 3-4 inches. Designer Elizabeth Emanuel had to stitch the bride into her gown.

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    Charles Was Less Than Enthusiastic In Their Engagement Interview

    Charles Was Less Than Enthusiastic In Their Engagement Interview
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    In the Season 4 episode "Fairytale," Prince Charles and Diana Spencer give an interview to mark their engagement. When the interviewer asks if they love each other, Charles responds, "Whatever 'in love' means." 

    That line didn't come from creator Peter Morgan's imagination - Charles really said it.

    As in the show, Diana wasn't pleased with her fiance's comment. Years later, she still recalled how much Charles's response bothered her. "It traumatized me," she said.

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    Prince Charles Cried The Night Before His Wedding

    Prince Charles Cried The Night Before His Wedding
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    The Crown invents an emotionally charged, tragic moment the night before Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer's wedding. As fireworks illuminate the night sky, Queen Elizabeth reminds her son that he must put aside his feelings for Camilla Parker Bowles, fully commit to his bride, and do his duty as the future king. The camera lingers on Charles's tear-streaked face.

    The show gets this right. Prince Charles apparently felt like he was closing his chapter with Camilla Parker Bowles. Charles's emotions were so strong the night before his wedding to Diana that he cried.

    Marriage to Diana didn't just represent the start of a new life together; to Charles, it also represented the end of one he shared with the woman he loved.

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    Diana Didn't Promise To 'Obey' Charles

    Diana Didn't Promise To 'Obey' Charles
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    The Crown does not depict Charles and Diana's actual wedding. But some of the details from the ceremony are reflected in how the show portrays the relationship between Charles and Diana. 

    In what The New York Times heralded as "a break with royal precedent," Princess Diana omitted a promise from her vows: She didn't pledge to "obey" her husband. The Crown's depiction of Diana squares with this - the show portrays her as strong-willed, since she isn't afraid to confront Charles about his relationship with Camilla and carves a path for herself in the royal family.

    Diana's refusal to "obey" her husband inspired the next generation of royal women to do the same: Kate MiddletonMeghan Markle, and Princess Eugenie all opted to remove "obey" from their vows.

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