Prince Philip told Diana “I can’t imagine anyone leaving you for Camilla” in letters trying to save marriage with Charles

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After his divorce from Charles, Philip's relationship with Diana became strained



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PRINCE Philip reportedly told Princess Diana “I can’t imagine anyone leaving you for Camilla” in letters he wrote to try to save her marriage to Charles.
Philip, who died at the age of 99 on Friday, made a special effort to welcome Diana after her marriage to Prince Charles in 1981.

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Diana and Philip had a close bond until she parted ways with Charles. She affectionately called her stepfather “my dear pa”Credit: Getty – Contributor

And when Diana’s marriage to Charles began to fail, he began writing to his daughter-in-law and became an avowed “marriage counselor.”

Former royal butler Paul Burrell has claimed he “did more to try to save Charles’ marriage to Diana than his son”.

In a letter, the Duke of Edinburgh expressed shock at Charles’ relationship with Camilla Parker-Bowles.

He wrote, “We don’t approve of any of you having lovers. Charles was stupid to risk everything with Camilla for a man in her place.

“We never dreamed that he would want to leave you for her.

“I can’t imagine anyone in their right mind leaving you for Camilla. Such a prospect has never even occurred to us.

The notes exchanged between the two members of the royal family lasted from June 1992 until the separation of Diana and Charles in December 1992.

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The Duke of Edinburgh pictured with Prince Charles and Camilla in 2011Credit: 2011 Samir Hussein
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After his divorce from Charles, Philip’s relationship with Diana became strainedCrédit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
Philip wrote to Diana that he couldn't imagine the whey that anyone would leave her for Camilla

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Philip wrote to Diana that he couldn’t imagine the whey that anyone would leave her for Camilla

Philip reportedly picked up on Diana’s concerns about Camilla less than a year after her marriage to Charles.

And in a letter, he said: “I am quite ready to concede, I have no talent as a marriage counselor. “

Diana reportedly told her friends, “How many other wives would discuss their marital issues with their stepfathers instead of their husbands?” », Reports the Daily Mail.

One of his letters began: “I was particularly touched by your last letter which proved to me, if I didn’t already know, that you really care.

Two of Diana’s friends, Rosa Monckton, then managing director of Tiffany’s in London, and Lucia Flecha de Lima, wife of the Brazilian ambassador, told Gyles Brandreth they would read the letters with Diana.

“When the letters arrived,” Rosa explained, “they caused both excitement and alarm. Diana was up and down.

“Something he said might make her cry, something might make her laugh.” She has often had the wrong end of the stick, misinterpreting what he meant. “

Lucia remembers: “We went through each letter so carefully, thinking about what he said, talking about it, explaining it to him.

“We got in the car and all went to the [Brazilian] embassy and sit together and read the letters line by line. “

EXCHANGE OF LETTERS

During the exchanges, Philip raised concerns about his bulimia and said it could have been responsible for some of his behavior patterns.

But he was furious at the claims in Andrew Morton’s 1992 book that the royal family didn’t care about his misfortune.

That summer, Philip wrote to Diana, “Can you honestly look into your heart and say that Charles’s relationship with Camilla had nothing to do with your behavior towards him in your marriage? “

In another letter, he told her that being married to a future king “involves a lot more than just being a hero with the British people”.

As his perspective on Diana turned, he felt she was outclassing the Queen in public appearances.

Philip is also said to have gone “ballistic” during Diana’s interview on BBC Panorama in 1995 where the princess said “there were three of us in this marriage”.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral will take place in Windsor on Saturday afternoon, with the Queen ordering the Royal Family not to wear a military uniform for the occasion.

The Duke of Sussex had faced the humiliating prospect of being the only elderly man in the royal family to wear civvies after losing his honorary ranks.

It was also said that there was “serious Navy displeasure” over being dragged in a row over Prince Andrew possibly wearing an admiral’s uniform.

Insiders involved in planning for Saturday’s funeral say the Queen personally intervened to suggest all senior royals wear suits and ties.

The Duke of Edinburgh pictured with Prince Charles and Camilla in 2011
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The Duke of Edinburgh pictured with Prince Charles and Camilla in 2011Credit: 2011 Samir Hussein

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