The Day Prince Charles Admitted To His Affair, Diana Stunned The World With Her dress
Twenty four years ago, Princess Diana who was one of the most iconic women of this century, wore something that will go down in history as one of the most significant statements in fashion and pop culture. There has seldom been a moment when Diana has had a fashion misstep. From the day she became a Royal, Diana has been a fashion fixture on the tabloid pages. But what Diana wore on June 29, 1994 had a special significance.
During a long television documentary, which meant to give the British people a look into Charles’s personal life, the Prince of Wales admitted to his infidelity. It was an open secret that Charles had been cheating on Diana with his longtime-friend Camilla Parker Bowles. Two years prior to their divorce, Charles finally admitted to his affair with Camilla. That very day, Diana attended a gala wearing an LBD which would make bigger headlines than Charles’s admissions.
1Diana, the fashion icon
Diana was the people’s Princess and was also a true-blue British icon. Her fashion only got better and more sophisticated with every passing year, and it was the first time that the people were interested to see what a Royal was wearing because Diana always found a way to surprise her fans. From the chicest tea dresses to the most dazzling gowns, Diana’s wardrobe was absolutely eclectic, and each of her outings always found its way to the front page of the newspaper.
On June 29, 1994, Diana attended the Vanity Fair’s annual fundraising gala for the Serpentine Gallery. Needless to say, she made a bold fashion choice with a classic little black dress made by Greek designer Christina Stambolian. But that was also the day something else happened – something which must have given Diana a great sense of closure. On that very day, twenty-four years ago, her estranged husband Prince Charles admitted to the world that he has been unfaithful to his wife Diana -something that brought Diana quite a lot of pain.
In 1992, after years of marriage, Charles and Diana separated after eleven years of marriage. Their marriage had its moments and they had two children, William and Harry, but it was also fraught with tension and unhappiness. Nor Charles, nor Diana were happy, and it made no sense for them to be together. In 1995, the Queen asked them to get a divorce, especially since they had been separated for a while.
4The payback dress
The night Charles admitted to having an affair with Camilla, Diana showed up at the Hyde Park gala in a figure-hugging, off-shoulder black dress which seemed brave even for Diana. The Princess did get more experimental with her wardrobe after her separation from Charles, and the black dress seemed to be the culmination of her sartorial journey. She chose the famous payback dress for a very solid reason altogether.
Charles’s interview with British journalist Jonathan Dimbleby was a major one. A Royal admitting to his people about his infidelity was obviously a big deal to the British people. Dimbleby asked Prince if he had been honorable to his wife Diana. To which he replied yes. But after a brief pause, he said, “Until it became irretrievably broken down, us both having tried.” This obviously meant that Charles admitted that both he and Diana had tried to make the marriage work, but eventually they failed. But of course, Diana never cheated on Charles.