Back in the 80s when Princess Diana married Prince Charles of Wales, it was seen as a fairytale wedding with a perfect ending. However, it was years later when the marriage ended on quite a sad note as Diana found out of her husband’s affair with his ex-girlfriend Camilla Parker Bowles.
“There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded,” Diana had said shortly after her divorce with Charles.
Albeit being publicly open about her divorce and the contentious relationship, Diana herself had too many memories of the marriage and bitter ones that she associated with things around her. One such reminder was from the Chanel brand whose double C in the logo reminded her of Charles and Camilla.
“After [Joh Bailey] had finished her hair she had to get ready for a hospital visit and she said I’m going to wear a cream Versace skirt suit. It was a very fitted jacket and pencil skirt, and she said, ‘but I don’t know what accessories to wear with it,’” designer Jayson Brudson recently recalled during an interview with Harper’s Bazaar Australia.
“She came out holding like handfuls of shoes and bags and just dumped them all down on the couch. Then said, ‘What do you think?’, so I went through them all and I found a pair of Chanel shoes, and I said, ‘Well these would look great with the Versace,’ and she said ‘No, I can’t wear linked Cs, the double C.’ So I asked why, and she said, ‘It’s Camilla and Charles’,” added the designer.
According to the designer that Princess avoided the brand both for emotional reasons and practical ones, as she did not want to be scrutinized for wearing a logo and sending some sort of message.
“It was definitely the timing, it being post-divorce. She would have seen linked Cs and they would have just reminded her of Charles and Camilla. The shoes were quite boldly Chanel, I think they had gold linked Cs 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,” said Brudson.