Prince Charles Reportedly Proposed To Amanda Knatchbull Before Princess Diana

Want to hear some reported tea that’s not featured on The Crown? OK, well, Prince Charles reportedly proposed to Amanda Knatchbull before Princess Diana. Who’s Amanda Knatchbull, you ask? Oh, you know. His literal cousin. Well, to be fair, she wasn’t his first cousin.

No, Amanda was the granddaughter of Charles’ great uncle/surrogate father Lord Mountbatten, also known as "Dickie" on The Crown. Lord Mountbatten was the uncle of Charles’ dad Prince Philip, technically making Amanda Charles’ second cousin. But still.

According to royal author Robert Lacey’s book Battle of Brothers, per The Express, it was Amanda’s grandpa Lord Mountbatten who reportedly tried to convince Charles to pop the question to her. And Charles was apparently not opposed. By Robert’s account, Charles was reportedly "very fond" of Amanda. So, he reportedly went ahead and popped the question.

Buuuuuut Amanda was apparently not down. "When the prince finally made his proposal in the summer of 1979—shortly before Lord Mountbatten’s assassination by the IRA—the independent-minded Amanda politely turned him down," Lacey reportedly wrote, per The Express.

Surprisingly, it apparently wasn’t even the whole being related thing that made Amanda hesitant to marry the future king. No, it was actually (ironically) his family.

"’The surrender of self to a system,’ she explained, was so absolute when joining the royal family, it involved a loss of independence ‘far greater than matrimony usually invites,’" Robert recounted of Amanda’s reported reasoning for turning down Charles’ hand in marriage, per The Express.

So, the marriage thing reportedly didn’t pan out for these two, but, according to the book, "over the years the two cousins did grow close, developing a mutual respect and friendship that has lasted to the present day."

Per The Express, royal author Jonathan Dimbleby wrote that the reported rejection from Amanda apparently confirmed Charles’ “own belief that to marry into the House of Windsor was a sacrifice that no-one should be expected to make."

He did, of course, eventually ask a young Diana Spencer to make such a sacrifice when he asked her to marry him in 1981. Diana later recalled his proposal for Andrew Morton, who documented her words in his book Diana: Her True Story — In Her Own Words:

The two separated in 1992 and officially divorced in 1996. A year after they formally got divorced, in 1997, Princess Diana was killed in a fatal car crash.

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