Something Is Rotten In The Royal Family: How Divorce Affects Future Heirs Of The Throne

Date March 23, 2018

Divorce is common in a modern marriage, and it can affect anyone, even the monarchs. But in the case of royal families, the separation might have a much stronger impact. It's provided by constant media attention, public scrutiny, and an entire disappointed nation. Amidst it all, however, there is the royal offspring, the kids, who might be suffering the most from their parents' divorce.


What's it like to be a child of a royal divorce?

In order to get better insight into how royal children coped with theirparents's separation, we've gathered the most notable stories of the kids of aristocratic divorce.


William & Harry

Some failed royal marriages get more attention than others, and get brought up over and over again throughout the years. The most notable divorce so far, was without a doubt the end of the union between Prince Charles and Princess Diana.


Their sons, William and Harry, have been in the center of everyone's attention. The boys were 14 and 12 respectively, when their parents split. What followed was a series of the young princes being torn between Diana and Charles. But the lack of agreement about who the boys should spent their time with, ultimately resulted in William and Harry travelling back and forth.


Prince Harry recalls the early days of his parents' divorce:

There was the point of where our parents split and the two of us were bouncing between the two of them and we never saw our mother enough or we never saw our father enough.

After all, both princes seem to be doing well these days. William is happily married to Kate Middleton, the couple is currently expecting their third child. Harry is also in love and preparing for the upcoming wedding with his girlfriend Meghan Markle.

Beatrice & Eugenie

Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice were much younger when their parents, Duchess Of York Sarah and Prince Andrew, notoriously split in 1992. Sarah Ferguson was involved in an affair, which was witnessed by both girls. It can be very damaging for the kids to see their mother being romantic with another man, but, luckily, both Beatrice and Eugenie were 4 and 2 years old at the time.


The scandal, that surrounded this royal divorce, didn't affect the princesses too greatly. Both of them keep in close contact with both of their parents and are actively involved in numerous charities. Princess Eugenie is currently engaged to Jack Brooksbank. Their wedding is set to take place in October of the current year.


Peter & Zara

Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall were 15 and 11 respectively, when their parents, Princess Anne and Mark Phillips, divorced. The sources had been reporting, that their marriage was spent largely apart and lacked any love. Peter and Zara were relatively used to their mother and father not being together, so the separation wasn't a big shock.


As the rest of royal heirs, Peter and Zara received proper care and education and grew up as self-sufficient and happy people. Peter is involved in sports management, and Zara is a successful British equestrian. Both siblings are happily married to untitled people.


Meghan Markle

Although untitled now, future princess, Meghan Markle is marrying into the royal family with her own backstory. Her parents separated when she was 6. Meghan would spend most of her time on the set of Married...with Children, where her dad used to work. It was then that she got a taste for television at an early age, which later affected her decision to become an actress.


Soon-to-be princess went through a separation herself. She married her first husband in 2011, but the couple split due to different interests. Now Meghan is fully devoted to her fiancé Prince Harry. The actress even left her work on the tv show Suits, in order to dedicate herself to the royal family.

Impact of divorce on people in general

US regular folk also get affected by the failed marriages. Children can get depressed, angry at their parents, worried about the future, or even afraid of being left alone. It gets worse if the kids have to move and change schools to follow one of their parents. It's important to be attentive and sensitive to your child at such time. Here's a list of things, that can help:

  • open communication;
  • constant reassurance that the child is loved;
  • making time to spend with your child, and keeping promises;
  • minimize the change in your child's life;
  • show interest in your child's opinions, and be attentive to their needs.

As long as children keep a good relationship with their parents, there is no reason for the divorce to hurt them later in life.

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