A new biography of Prince William claims that the future king was so scarred by his parent's failed marriage that he doubted whether he could be faithful to one woman.
According to royal biographer Penny Junor, the author of "Prince William: The Man Who Will Be King" (which hits bookshelves June 4), Prince Charles and Princess Diana's highly publicized affairs contributed to Prince William's delayed marriage proposal to now-wife Kate Middleton.
“The problem was William: he had very real worries about whether it was possible to love just one woman. After his hurricane childhood, he was understandably cautious about committing to a relationship," Junor writes in the book, which was excerpted by The Daily Beast.
Assuming Junor's allegations are true, were William's fears justified? A 2005 study by researchers at the University of Utah indicated that a couple is twice as likely to divorce if one spouse is from a divorced family, as is the case for Will and Kate.
Still, as HuffPost blogger Judith Wallerstein wrote in November 2010, no one can predict the impact of the divorce on Prince William's marriage. "On one hand," the psychologist wrote, William's "history may make him more aware of the fragility of marriage and the importance of trust, fidelity and honesty in his relationship." Conversely, the future king "may identify with the long line of broken relationships in his family and mistakenly conclude that he has little control over what will happen."
So will his marriage last? Only time will tell.
Click through the slideshow below for six royal marriages that ended in divorce.
Louis XII married Joan of France in 1476. After his predecessor Charles VIII died childless, Louis divorced Joan in order to marry Charles’ widow, Anne of Brittany; a strategy meant to integrate the duchy of Brittany into the French monarchy. After Anne’s death, Louis married Mary Tudor in order to conceive an heir his throne, which proved unsuccessful.
After her first husband’s James IV’s death, Margaret secretly married Archibald Douglas, the Earl of Angus, in 1514. The marriage turned sour two years later, and she attempted to file for divorce against her brother’s (Henry VIII) wishes. She finally obtained a divorce in 1527 and promptly married Henry Stewart, despite protests from her brother. Her third marriage proved unsatisfactory as well—Stewart seemed only to be interested in her money and pursuing other women—though she failed to secure a second divorce.
The parents of William and brother Harry divorced after 15 years of marriage in 1996, amid mutual allegations of adultery. In 2005, Prince Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles, who became the Duchess of Cornwall.
Prince Charles’ sister Anne married Captain Mark Phillips in 1973. They had two children, Peter and Zara, before divorcing in 1992. Later that year, Anne remarried Timothy Lawrence.
Prince Andrew—Queen Elizabeth II’s second son—and Sarah Ferguson were married in a £1.5-million ceremony in 1986, only to divorce 8 years later after the births of their two children. Their marriage collapsed after the publication of raunchy photos of the duchess with another man.
Princess Caroline married Philippe Junot in 1978, then divorced two years later. Her second marriage to Stefano Casiraghi, with whom she had three children, was cut short when Casiraghi was killed in a speed-boating accident in 1990. She then married Ernst August, Prince of Hanover, in 1999. In September 2009, it was reported that she had separated from Ernst and returned to live in Monaco, after photos surfaced of Ernst kissing another woman.