Princess Diana was a fashion icon, often seen wearing stunning outfits designed by the likes of Christian Dior and Versace, but there was one designer she refused to go near following the breakdown of her marriage.
After her divorce from Prince Charles in August 1996 and his subsequent relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles, Diana couldn’t bring herself to wear Chanel because of the brand’s “CC” logo.
“I found a pair of Chanel shoes,” Australian designer Jayson Brundson told Harper’s Bazaar Australia in a recent interview, “and I said, ‘Well, these would look great with the Versace,’ and she said, ‘No, I can’t wear linked Cs, the double C.’
“I asked why, and she said, ‘It’s Camilla and Charles.'”
Diana met Brundson in 1996 during her final visit to Australia. He assisted in styling the late royal for a hospital charity event.
“It was definitely the timing, it being post-divorce. She would have seen linked C’s and they would have just reminded her of Charles and Camilla.”
“The shoes were quite boldly Chanel, I think they had gold linked C’s on them. And I think for photo optics, people would have honed in on that considering it was so fresh after the divorce as well.”
Diana and Charles separated in 1992 but the divorce wasn’t finalized until 1996, shortly before her trip to Australia.
The question now, of course, is which designer will Meghan Markle be wearing when she marries Diana’s son, Prince Harry, during Saturday’s royal wedding.
Chanel does not appear to be a frontrunner of wedding dress predictions. Check out our predictions in the gallery below.