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Curryong 10-31-2018 07:45 PM

The 1980s wasn't the 18th century, or even the 19th. The Queen would be the only person powerful enough to order that proof of virginity be supplied for Charles's bride and I'm absolutely certain she didn't.

Books about Charles and Diana often state that any woman Charles married 'had' to be a virgin, in order to partly explain why Diana was chosen. There was no such condition. It had just been a suggestion of Lord Mountbatten's to prevent any ex lovers selling salacious stories to the tabloids.

sarahedwards2 11-01-2018 12:17 AM

The Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer: 29 July 1981
 
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Originally Posted by Curryong (Post 2166804)
The 1980s wasn't the 18th century, or even the 19th. The Queen would be the only person powerful enough to order that proof of virginity be supplied for Charles's bride and I'm absolutely certain she didn't.



Books about Charles and Diana often state that any woman Charles married 'had' to be a virgin, in order to partly explain why Diana was chosen. There was no such condition. It had just been a suggestion of Lord Mountbatten's to prevent any ex lovers selling salacious stories to the tabloids.



I looked it up; virginity doesn’t exist and is merely a social concept, though highly revered in some countries/cultures. And I was mistaken, Uncle Dickie only suggested Charles marry a virgin; I didn’t know it was to prevent any previous ex-lovers from spilling stories to the press.

The Queen was a virgin on her wedding day; was it required back then?

Curryong 11-01-2018 02:23 AM

I don't think the Queen was brought up with the idea that sex before marriage was normal. Girls weren't encouraged to indulge in that sort of behaviour. Plus, Elizabeth had loved Philip since she was 13, and no they weren't lovers before marriage.

Some people did have premarital sex in the 1940s (and previously) but there was always a risk of pregnancy in those pre-pill days. The contraception then simply wasn't very foolproof.

Osipi 11-01-2018 03:15 AM

Personally, I believe that the "requirement" of a bride for Charles has been misread and misinterpreted by many in various sources. We know that Camilla was deemed as not being "marriage material" for the reason being that she had a past. If one was to do a background check of the young Diana, it would have been pretty hard to find something that pointed to Diana "having a past" as she had not seriously dated anyone before getting involved with Charles.

Its very possible that the "having a past" has been misinterpreted by some as "not being a virgin". As Diana really had no past serious involvement in a relationship, it was then assumed she was a virgin.

A royal bride needing to be a virgin is a thing of the past and really has been for quite a while. Without the benefits of birth control back then, things were done to ensure that any issue from the marriage was rightfully begotten on the right side of the blanket in order to be in the line of succession.

CyrilVladisla 07-28-2019 09:23 PM

It is hard to believe that it will be 38 years ago that Prince Charles married Lady Diana. One nice thing about their wedding day was that there was no rain.

Dalriada 07-28-2019 10:03 PM

Just watched an interesting new documentary about the days leading up to the wedding with new items of information from Diana’s employer and Angela Rippon:
Angela Rippon opens up about her interview with Diana and Charles https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/a...elatedarticles

Blog Real 08-05-2019 01:13 PM

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Mirabel 08-05-2019 02:38 PM

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Originally Posted by sarahedwards2 (Post 2161238)
Why did Diana have to undergo a medical examination before the wedding to ensure she was a virgin; and in those days why was the bride required to be a virgin?

I read that the exam wasn't to determine virginity, but to determine fertility.

It was to make certain Diana could produce an heir.

Kitty1224 08-05-2019 04:55 PM

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Originally Posted by Blog Real (Post 2244589)
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