Over the years, several married members of the royal family embarked on honeymoons aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia. The luxury yacht welcomed Prince Charles and Diana in 1981 and Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon in 1960 on their honeymoon in the Caribbean.
While romance may have been in the air at the altar, the yacht would soon bring a “curse” to marriage, according to a royal expert.
As part of the Channel 5 documentary The Royals on Holiday, it is revealed that “any royal marriage that began aboard the yacht would soon end in divorce”.
In the documentary, Carole Malone, journalist and commentator stated, “When you look back on Britannia and the marriage success of the people who honeymooned there, it is obviously cursed as none of them lasted very long.
“They all broke up. It’s not the love boat.
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Princess Margaret and Anthony Armstrong-Jones became the first royal couple to divorce, parting in 1976 and finalizing their divorce in 1978.
Princess Anne and Mark Phillips divorced in 1992, as did Prince Charles and Diana, who also divorced that year.
Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson separated in 1992 and finalized their divorce in May 1996.
While the pros and cons of the honeymoon are not known to all couples, there was a monumental moment aboard Britannia for Prince Charles and Diana.
It was also on this honeymoon that experts and those around the couple noted that “things were not going well”.
Royal biographer Angela Levin said, “There is this very moving picture of them holding onto the side and you could see that things were not going well even now that Diana looked terribly upset.”
Richard Kay, editor-in-chief of the Daily Mail, said this was mainly due to the differences that were emerging between the princess and her new husband.
“We found that Diana was finding it quite frustrating to be locked up on the royal yacht, especially because Prince Charles wanted to spend his day reading books on philosophy and she wanted a little more fun,” explained Kay .