Charles married Diana in their spectacular 1981 royal wedding.The Prince of Wales’ brother, Andrew, followed suit with Sarah in 1986. However, both marriages would crumble with separations in 1992 and high-profile divorces in 1996.
Royal biographer Ingrid Seward, in her 1995 book “Prince Edward”, explains how Edward did not want to follow the “disastrous” example of his brothers’ marriages to Diana and Fergie.
Ms Seward writes: “As later events would so clearly illustrate, neither woman was able to properly integrate into royal life.
“For that, Charles and Andrew must shoulder a substantial share of the blame.
“There is no school for princesses, as Charles’ valet, the late Stephen Barry remarked.
“It was up to the princes to help their wives to learn the royal rules and regulations.
“They were manifestly unsuccessful in their task.
“It was a failure that would cost them their marriages.”
The author adds: “A failure that Edward had no wish to repeat.
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“Under his guidance, Sophie was set on a more cautious course towards her royal destination.”
Ms Seward goes on to claim that Diana and Fergie went on to “resent” the way Sophie has been slowly and carefully introduced to royal life.
She writes: “The Princess of Wales and Duchess of York only discovered how difficult royal life could be after they were engaged and already en route to the altar.
“Sophie was being given a careful and subtle introduction, a fact which did not escape the notice of Diana and Sarah.
“Both would later complain (with more than an edge of resentment in their voices) that they had received no such help as they struggled to get to terms with their new situation.”
However, Prince Edward had limited sympathy for his sisters-in-law, according to the author.
She writes: “Prince Edward does not hold his sisters-in-law the Princess of Wales and the Duchess of York in high regard.
“Taking his cue from he Duke of Edinburgh, he deems them substantially responsible for many of the difficulties that have beset his family and so undermined their public standing.”
Although the Duke and Duchess of York divorced 23 years ago, Prince Andrew and Fergie have cohabited ever since.
In the last week, they have been spotted holidaying together, at the exclusive resort of Sotogrande.
Andrew followed Fergie, after her hasty departure from Balmoral, to join her on the Spanish escape.
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