From a trip to Epstein’s “Paedo Island” to depression, what happened to Princess Diana’s grooms and bridesmaids?


It has been almost 40 years since Prince Charles and Princess Diana got married.

But thanks to The Crown’s return to Netflix, the union is back in the spotlight.


From depression to overdose, here’s what happened to Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ bridesmaids and boys

This week, one of Diana’s five bridesmaids, India Hicks, announced her marriage to her 25-year-old partner.

She said: “After months of lockdown, many people were ready to kill each other – we were ready to get married.”

Celebrities such as actress Naomi Watts and TV presenter Ben Fogle sent their congratulations.

But what happened to the other bridesmaids and page boys on that historic day in July 1981?

From drugs and depression to overdose and a trip to “Paedo Island,” Kate Jackson brings their stories.

1. Rebel found with hash

LORD Nicholas Windsor, the youngest son of the Duke and Duchess of Kent, was 11 when he donned his page boy uniform consisting of a military jacket with gold buttons and white pants.

A godson of Prince Charles, Lord Nicholas was a royal rebel.


Lord Nicholas Windsor was cautioned for possession of cannabis at the age of 18Credit choose International

At 18, he was searched by police in St James’s Park, not far from Buckingham Palace, and placed in custody for possession of cannabis.

He then dropped out of theological studies at Oxford University to trek in Africa and struggled with an eating disorder and depression.

Later in his life he converted to Catholicism and made history as the first member of the royal family to marry in the Vatican when he exchanged vows with British-born Croatian nobleman Paola Louise Marcia Doimi de Lupis in 2006.

The 50-year-old has three children – Albert, 13, who was the first royal child to be baptized Catholic since 1688, Leopold, 11, and Louis, six.

2. £ 10million wedding gift

EDWARD VAN CUTSEM, another godson of Charles, was eight years old at the time of the marriage.

Now a banker, he is married to Lady Tamara Grosvenor, sister of the 7th Duke of Westminster, whose father – the late Duke, Gerald Cavenish Grosvenor – is said to have given the pair £ 10million as a wedding present.

Edward Van Custem's father reportedly gave him and his wife Lady Tamara Grosvenor £ 10million as a wedding present8

Edward Van Custem’s father reportedly gave him and his wife Lady Tamara Grosvenor £ 10million as a wedding presentCredit: Getty – Contributor

Their 2004 wedding at Chester Cathedral drew thousands of sympathizers desperate to spot Princes William and Harry, who were both ushers.

Edward’s father Hugh, a wealthy financier, befriended Prince Charles at the University of Cambridge.

Now 47, her nieces Florence and Grace van Cutsem were bridesmaids to Prince William and Kate.

3. Theft of coat in court

NOW mother of five, former model India Hicks, 53, was 13 at Princess Diana’s wedding.

His mother, Lady Pamela Hicks, is the daughter of the first Earl Mountbatten of Burma. Her father was the late David Nightingale Hicks, an interior designer.

India Hicks admitted to stealing a £ 680 Max Mara coat and was released on parole for three months8

India Hicks admitted to stealing a £ 680 Max Mara coat and was released on parole for three monthsCrédits: Getty Images – Getty

India was kicked out of upscale Gordon-stoun boarding school in Scotland “for a minor incident involving boys in my room”.

She modeled for Ralph Lauren, then ran off to the Caribbean and got “the wind in its sails,” as she once said to former publicity manager David Flint Wood.

They have four children together plus their adopted son Wesley. India has worked with the Global Empowerment Mission, which provides disaster relief, and is a partner of a food bank on Harbor Island in the Bahamas, where the family lives.

Now a writer and interior designer, she admitted in September to stealing a £ 680 Max Mara coat and was released on parole for three months. She blamed the distraction.

She said of Diana’s wedding: “We helped her get dressed. She was wearing jeans and a tiara.

She added: “Now, as an adult looking back, I think she was so young. So young! ”

4. Sarah, the unpretentious royal

At 17, Lady Sarah Chatto towered over the other bridesmaids, but she always had a knack for blending in.

She is the daughter of the late Princess Margaret and the Earl of Snowdon, but Lady Sarah, née Armstrong-Jones, is one of the most adamant members of the royal family.

Lady Sarah Chatto made rare appearance in 2016 documentary about the Queen8

Lady Sarah Chatto made rare appearance in 2016 documentary about the QueenCredit: Reuters

The 56-year-old and her brother David, the 2nd Earl of Snowdon, never made any royal engagements, although Lady Sarah became vice-president of the Royal Ballet, of which her mother had been the godmother, in 2004.

She made a rare appearance in a 2016 documentary about the Queen and stole the show for her charm and genuine love for her aunt.

Artist, Lady Sarah is married to former actor Daniel Chatto, whom she met while on sabbatical with her father in India in the 1980s.

The couple have two sons, Sam, an artist specializing in pottery, and Arthur, a personal trainer.

Lady Sarah is the godmother of Prince Harry and Lady Louise Windsor, 17, the eldest child and only daughter of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

5. Sold her dress for £ 11,000

SARAH-JANE GASE-LEE was 11 when she entered Saint Paul’s Cathedral that day.

His father, racehorse trainer Nick Gaselee, trained Prince Charles as a jumping jockey.

Sarah-Jane Gase-Lee sold her bridesmaid dress to Diana's brother Earl Spencer in 1999 for an estimated £ 11,0008

Sarah-Jane Gase-Lee sold her bridesmaid dress to Diana’s brother Earl Spencer in 1999 for an estimated £ 11,000Credit: Rex Features

Later, when Sarah-Jane was unhappy at East Sussex Residential School, Princess Diana sent her letters and cards.

Diana also inspired her to dedicate herself to charity.

Now a mother of two, 50, married to film producer Paul Andrews, Sarah-Jane divides her time between their plantation in Barbados and London, where she organizes high-end tours of Diana’s former haunts. .

She sold her bridesmaid dress to Diana’s brother Earl Spencer in 1999 for an estimated £ 11,000 – a move she would have ‘bitterly regretted’.

She also regrets telling a German newspaper that she once took too much paracetamol, which resulted in the headline “My Suicidal Agony”.

She said: “I was definitely not trying to kill myself.

“I had spent too much on my credit card, I just wanted some attention.

“I was young and stupid and it was an accident.

6. Recalled as “the town crier”

6-year-old Catherine Cameron got her coveted spot because her mother, Lady Cecil Cameron, was a friend of Prince Charles.

She is the granddaughter of the 12th Marquis of Lothian.

Catherine Cameron now works as a literary agent8

Catherine Cameron now works as a literary agent

Known as the “town crier”, poor Catherine, now 46, was said to be allergic to horses and spent most of the wedding day blowing her nose on her petticoats. Lady Cecil later said that her daughter suffered from hay fever.

Her ruffled bridesmaid dress was on display at the Clan Cameron Museum in Achnacarry, in the Scottish Highlands, as her father, Donald Angus Cameron of Lochiel, is the 27th chief of Clan Cameron.

The family owns a large area of ​​land in Scotland.

Catherine went to the University of Edinburgh and works as a literary agent.

7. Two Epstein Jet Trips

5-year-old Clementine Hambro was one of Diana’s favorite students at Young England’s kindergarten, where she worked before getting married.

She is the great-granddaughter of former Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

Clementine Hambro took two flights aboard pedophile Jeffrey Epstein's jet, nicknamed the 'Lolita Express'8

Clementine Hambro took two flights aboard pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s jet, nicknamed the “Lolita Express”Credit: Alamy

In 2006, Clemmie married Orlando Fraser, son of historian Lady Antonia Fraser.

This year, it was revealed that in 1999, Clemmie, who worked for Christie’s Auction House, took two flights aboard the pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s jet, nicknamed the “Lolita Express.”

A trip to his ranch in New Mexico was to advise on buying art. A trip to his Caribbean island was for leisure.

The 44-year-old mother of four, who now writes articles on gardening, said: “I was horrified by the revelations of his conduct. My heart goes out to those who have been mistreated by him.

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