There are three notable figures in the royal family that are known for their shyness. Interestingly, they are all connected; Prince Charles and Princess Diana were married, and King George VI was Prince Charles’ grandfather. Being shy as a royal figure is a challenge, as royal duties involve a great deal of communicating with the public. Read below how these royal figures learned to cope with their shyness.
1. Princess Diana
Princess Diana was the first wife of British heir to the throne Prince Charles. Together they had two boys, William and Harry. Diana was a kindergarten teacher who was known for being shy. Though initially overwhelmed with royal duties she gathered strength from her desire to help and became a strong force and supporter of many charities. She and Charles later divorced; Diana was killed in a car accident after trying to escape the paparazzi on August 30th, 1997.
2. King George VI
King George VI (also known as Albert) was the second son of King George V. His brother Edward abdicated the throne to marry an American socialite and Albert was thrust into the position of King. He suffered with a severe stammer until age 30 when he worked with a speech therapist. Albert died of cancer on February 6th, 1952. His story was made into the Academy Award winning film “The King’s Speech.”
3. Prince Charles
Prince Charles is the son of Queen Elizabeth II and grandson of King George VI. Growing up he was described as obedient, shy and awkward. It was not until he attended grammar school in Australia that he began to develop self-reliance; he is quoted as saying “Australia conquered my shyness.” Charles was married to Princess Diana with whom he had two sons, William and Harry; after their divorce and Diana’s death he reunited with former love Camilla Parker-Bowles. He is involved in many charities and social causes and is said to be introspective and thoughtful.