Princess Diana’s bridesmaid explains why she can’t invite Charles to her wedding

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India Hicks, one of the most famous bridesmaids of all, was part of Princess Diana's and Prince Charles wedding when she was only 13 years old.

She never thought she'd get married herself but announced recently that her and her partner of 25 years got engaged during lockdown.

India, granddaughter of Earl Mountbatten of Burma, followed her mother's footsteps – who was a bridesmaid for the Queen.

Last week, now 53, India revealed the happy news that her partner, David Flint Wood, also the father to her five children, are set to get married.

She recalls that day, as much as it was a family wedding, it wasn't the standard celebration most have on their special day. Princess Diana's wedding was watched by a billion people and thousands of guests were in the church.

Speaking to Mail Online, she said: "The whole world was watching that scene on the balcony and you realise, goodness, this was no ordinary family wedding."

Her own big day will be the complete opposite: "It's going to be tiny. Look, we even have the word tiny on the invitations: 30 guests only. I want it to be tiny and cosy and meaningful, and I want to nip across the road to the pub afterwards."

Initially, the couple planned to tie the knot on December 5, but coronavirus played a part in the date change to next February.

Although Prince Charles is her godfather, he is not going to be getting an invitation.

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India added: "He's my godfather, but we are just having the children's godparents, and that's it."

She attended the same school as Prince Charles – Gordonstoun – and moved to the Bahamas with her partner David when she fell pregnant.

She says, looking back, it was a way of 'finding her own voice' to create a life that 'felt uniquely hers'.

Speaking on how to manage a private and public life balance, she said: "It's very difficult nowadays. That's why I am hugely admiring of Catherine and William.

"I think they have found the balance, because they really do have the ultimate nightmare of that public versus private thing. She is so brilliant, though, feeding the Press just enough of her children's birthdays, for instance, that everyone feels, 'Ooh, lovely'.

"Yet they've still managed to keep it private. So when everyone talks about the modernisation of the monarchy, they have done it."

India partnered with disaster relief agency Global Empowerment Mission and provided support on the ground in The Bahamas, where she lives shortly after Hurricane Dorian in August 2019.

The author continues her work for the organisation as well as the Harbour Island Foodbank who provide food for those who lose their jobs following the shut down in The Bahamas.

  • Prince Charles
  • Princess Diana
  • Queen
  • Royal Family

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