What did the Crown series reveal? Charles III secretly visited Prague

The series devotes extraordinary space to the breakup of the future royal couple from the early 1990s. It shows how Diana and Charles agreed to separate in December 1992 and how the prince (Dominic West) moves from his wife (Elizabeth Debicki) out of Kensington Palace in central London. In fact, it was December 9, and the then Czech Press Office (ČTK) reported about it with the headline: “Prince Charles and Princess Diana have decided to live separately.”

Christmas guest

Twelve days later something unexpected happened. Charles, who had just moved away from his wife – at the time the most photographed woman in the world – appeared in Prague in the run-up to Christmas. It was not a state visit, but a private one and kept secret until the last moment. While Diana was in London making plans to stun her husband with a book and a later interview for the BBC, Charles flew in to see Václav Havel (†75). It was his first trip abroad after announcing his separation from Diana.

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Photography is prohibited

ČTK issued a report on December 21, 1992 at 12:53 p.m. “The heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, will arrive in Prague this afternoon around 3:00 p.m. for a private visit, a representative of the British Embassy in Prague confirmed to ČTK today.” At 4:26 p.m., the agency already informed about the landing of Charles’ plane. “Immediately after arriving at Ruzyne airport, he went to Prague Castle. The arrival of the heir to the British throne was accompanied by strict security measures at the Prague airport, and the British side did not even want to photograph him,” the archive report reads.

They were setting up a foundation

Before Christmas 1992, Charles discussed with then-President Václav Havel the establishment of a foundation for the protection of Prague’s monuments and its architectural works – the Prague Heritage Fund. The idea to create the foundation arose during the prince’s previous visit to Czechoslovakia in May 1991, when he was still accompanied by his wife Diana.

A film about monuments

According to Eliška Fučíková, director of the Prague Castle’s monuments department at the time, Prince Charles participated in the preparation of a documentary film about Prague’s monuments, which was filmed here by the British BBC television.

He was in Prague five times

In total, Charles was in Prague five times. After his accession to the throne, President Miloš Zeman (75) invited him to visit the Czech Republic in a congratulatory letter.

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