Queen Mother Didn’t Understand Why Prince Charles ‘Couldn’t Keep Camilla as a Mistress and Stay Married to Princess Diana’, New Documentary Claims
- Royal author Tom Quinn said the Queen Mother didn’t understand why Diana ‘couldn’t find accommodation’ for Camilla in her marriage to Charles
- Channel 5 documentary claims she didn’t want the royal couple to break up
- Jennie Bond added that Diana found the Queen Mother ‘frightening and intimidating’ despite the couple initially being close
The Queen Mother did not understand why Prince Charles could not have an affair with Camilla and remain married to Princess Diana, a new documentary claims.
The Queen Mother: Grandmother to the Nation, which aired on Channel 5 on Saturday, claims the late royal hoped the Prince and Princess of Wales would find space in their marriage ‘before Camilla’ would not divorce but ‘miscalculated’ because such an arrangement was not something that would work for ‘her favorite grandson’ Charles.
In the documentary, royal author Tom Quinn explained that some members of the Royal Family thought the Queen Mother “meddled in things she didn’t understand, while former BBC Royal Correspondent Jennie Bond said Diana made the Queen Mother “frightening and intimidating.” ‘ found. despite that couple initially having a close relationship after Charles’ grandmother helped him get him together with Diana.
The Queen Mother did not understand why Prince Charles could not have an affair with Camilla and remain married to Princess Diana, a new documentary claims. Queen Mother and Diana are pictured together on Trooping of the Color in 1992
Tom Quinn told documentary filmmakers: “Diana’s grandmother was a close friend of the Queen Mother and they prepared the marriage between them.
“She discussed the whole Camilla case and couldn’t understand why she couldn’t find shelter with his wife so they wouldn’t have to get a divorce.
“But she miscalculated because it was no longer something that would work well in the world Charles inhabited.
“There were certainly elements in the royal family who thought the Queen Mother was meddling and meddling in things she didn’t understand.
“The Queen Mother thought Diana had a kind of fairytale view of how relationships should be, and behaved and was quite impatient when she thought she had to grow up.
Diana’s grandmother Ruth Roche, Baroness Fermoy, mother of Diana’s mother Frances Shand Kydd, was a close confidante and lady-in-waiting to the Queen Mother and was instrumental in preparing Diana for royal life after her engagement to Charles.
Charles and Camilla are pictured together in 1979, two years before his wedding to Princess Diana Princess
Because of this history, the Diana and the Queen Mother were initially close, but after Charles and Diana broke up, she felt that Diana should “grow up.”
Diana famously claimed there were “three people” in her marriage – while Charles later admitted to being unfaithful to Diana.
“She was devoted to her grandson and thought Charles was the sweetest and nicest man and a considerate husband and she couldn’t understand what her complaint was about,” added royal expert Richard Kay, saying Elizabeth was particularly fond of Charles because he’ reminded her husband Bertie, insecure, lack of confidence, needed to be built up.
“She felt she could still maintain influence through Prince Charles,” he continued.
Diana’s relationship with the Queen Mother deteriorated in 1992 when the Princess of Wales teamed up with Andrew Morton, who published the all-encompassing book Diana: Her True Story, about her marriage to Charles.
Diana’s relationship with the Queen Mother deteriorated in 1992 when the Princess of Wales teamed up with Andrew Morton, who published the all-encompassing book Diana: Her True Story, about her marriage to Charles. Pictured, left to right: The Queen, The Queen Mother, Diana and Charles at Balmoral in 2002
The year – which the Queen famously described as her “annus horribilis” – also saw the divorce of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson and the divorce of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips.
It was doubly difficult for the Queen Mother because she and her husband George V had played such an important role in reviving the image of the monarchy, [following the abdication of Edward VIII] to watch all that work fall apart.
“We all know that Charles held a special place in the Queen Mother’s heart and it was completely mutual. All his life she was a source of complete comfort, he thought her arms were wrapped around him in a way that his parents never had,” Jennie Bond added.
She continued: “Diana told me she found the Queen Mother terrifying and certainly intimidating and when she teamed up with Andrew Morton to tell all that, she was shocked.
Washing your dirty laundry in public, she strongly disapproved of. She believed in restraint and discretion’.
“It broke every rule the Royal Family and the Queen Mother had set. She’d seen it as shameful,” Tom Quinn added.
The Queen Mother: Grandmother to the Nation is available on My5