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The Unruly Queen: The Life of the Princess of Wales

Updated on June 10, 2015
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The Life of the Princess of Wales

The Princess of Wales was completely unhappy. She hadn't been married for long, yet she knew very well that the Prince of Wales was still cavorting around town with his long-time mistress.

And she was sure that he was seeing more than one woman behind her back. Imagine her despair.

An unsuitable marriage

She knew that her husband hadn't really wanted to marry her. She was aware that there had been pressure on him from his family and the government.

It was his duty to marry and produce and heir. That part, she knew she could do. She was pregnant but he never came near her any more.

She knew that his needs were being attended to elsewhere.

A popular princess

She also knew that she was more popular with the people than her husband was. But she was young and quite attractive and saw no reason why she shouldn't have affairs.

Her husband was the heir to the throne, after all, and everyone in the court and the upper echelons of society were well aware of the fact that he was having an affair. They all knew that it wasn't the first and it wouldn't be the last.


It seemed that separation was the only option. The Prince of Wales even employed spies to get evidence of her adultery. Totally bored with her life in London, she decided to go to Europe to seek out love there.

But even when she was abroad her husband was still keeping tabs on her actions, thanks to the royal network of spies and informers, even though he made no secret of his own adulterous affairs.

We know this familiar story

As you've been reading this, I imagine that it's a story you're very familiar with. How many thousands of words have been written about the Princess of Wales, her unfaithful husband and her unhappy marriage?

Ah, but that's where I was aiming to deceive you. I imagine that you thought I was writing about Diana, Princess of Wales.

No, this was Caroline, Princess of Wales who was born in 1768.

But isn't it uncanny the way the two women's lives seemed to run parallel to each other even though they were born almost two hundred years apart?

But Caroline wanted to be queen

When the old king died, the Prince of Wales took the throne.

The princess, now officially the queen, knew that the people loved her and indeed she was right. When she returned to London,the crowds cheered her in the streets.

She planned a great entrance to the coronation ceremony but when she arrived, she found her way barred.

The entrances were locked on the new king's orders as she banged on the doors and raged and fumed outside.

Did she ever find happiness?

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Read the other side of the story - they say that there are always two.

It's claimed that the Prince of Wales was repulsed by his wife because she was lax in the hygiene department.

In fact, several years before his marriage to Caroline he had married a widow who remained his true love for many years.

Whether this marriage was legally binding was a matter for huge debate.


Of course, I can't write about an historical Princess of Wales without including reference to the last one (although Camilla IS officially the Princess of Wales.She chose not to use the title because it was so associated with Diana).

There are some interesting comparisons between her life and that of Caroline.

There have only been twelve Princesses of Wales in history and it seems that Diana would have been advised to study their lives before agreeing to join their ranks.


Has it seemed to you that the royal family have been involved in many scandals? Well, really they are just like you and me and prone to human weaknesses.

But scandal has been rife in European royalty for hundreds of years. The book below catalogues it deliciously and with great humour.

Sex with the Queen: 900 Years of Vile Kings, Virile Lovers, and Passionate Politics (P.S.)
Sex with the Queen: 900 Years of Vile Kings, Virile Lovers, and Passionate Politics (P.S.)

Royal scandals are certainly nothing new as this book ably demonstrates.

Of course, today's scandals are more widely reported and queens and princesses were less likely to be caught out in those days.

This book contains so many stories of adulterous royal relationships that the lack of mass media in those days makes me think that we only know a fraction of what really went on.

This book covers nine hundred years of scandal - right up to, and including, Diana.


Knowledge is power - and money

Knowledge is power - see the clip below

If the lady in the video below had read this book about the life of Caroline, she could have won seven thousand pounds.

© 2014 Jackie Jackson


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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @klidstone1970 - very true! It's a story that never fails to fascinate and amuse me :)

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @David Stone - good to see you! You're so right. The media today makes it almost impossible for public figures to have any sort of privacy but luckily many realise that it's the price they have to pay.

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      இڿڰۣ-- кιмвєяℓєу 3 years ago from Niagara Region, Canada

      What a way to find out your not welcome!

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      Royalty in Britain has often been like this, but until the age of mass media, it never got so much exposure. The royals lives remain largely hidden, though, and probably, the worst of it never really gets through the curtain.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Merrci: It would indeed!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Nancy Hardin: Thanks so much!

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      Merry Citarella 4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Sounds interesting! That would be rather uncomfortable--to find your entrance barred!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Love your stories. Interesting part of history. Thanks for sharing.