Lady Diana: the shameful examination she had to undergo before her wedding

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On 29 July 1981, Lady Diana and Prince Charles said "I do" in St Paul's Cathedral, London. Happy to be united with the future father of her children, Diana Spencer had to undergo an outmoded examination, reveals writer Lou Sentine in her book; Lady Diana, A Modern Tragedy, published on Friday 19 August 2022.

On 31 August 2022, the 25th anniversary of the death of the impressive Princess Diana was celebrated. In the wake of this event, new secrets about the life of the Princess of Wales were revealed by author Lou Sentine. In her book Lady Diana, A Modern Tragedy, published on Friday 19 August 2022, the author looked back at the life of the young woman and some of the key events. Among the troubles that shook the married life of Diana Spencer and Prince Charles, there was one secret that was well hidden until Lou Sentine revealed it. The writer therefore turned her attention to 29 July 1981, the date of the royal couple's union. Ready to say yes at St Paul's Chapel in London, Diana Spencer had to undergo a final examination before marrying Queen Elizabeth II's eldest son.

It took a lot for the Royal Family to accept Lady Diana into its ranks. In particular, the young woman, who was barely twenty at the time, had to prove her virginity. It was a gynaecological examination that was "humiliating and anachronistic in the West at the end of the 20th century", as Prince Charles' fiancée explained to Lou Sentine.

Lady Diana and her virginity

Through this procedure, the royal entourage ensured the legitimacy of the princely couple's future children. Lady Diana, who did not contest the gynaecological appointment, could nevertheless have refused. "There is no rule that says a royal bride has to be a virgin, and there never has been," says Noël Cox, an Anglican priest and professor of law at Aberystwyth University in Wales, in Lady Diana, A Modern Tragedy. Although the practice is not rooted in royal customs, Lou Sentine develops a theory concerning the appearance of virginity tests for princesses. Along with royal experts, she agrees that this compulsory step took root in 1936, in order to force Edward VIII to abdicate. Elizabeth II's uncle was married to Wallis Simpson, an American divorcee with a sulphurous reputation... The Royal Family demanded a virginity test with the sole aim of removing the couple from power. The couple were close to the Nazi regime. To avoid disgrace, the British monarch apparently wanted to keep the test, before abandoning it in favour of Meghan Markle , a divorced American actress.

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