Charles stayed away from the unveiling of Princess Diana’s statue at Kensington Palace last week, which raised eyebrows as it was commissioned by his two sons Prince Harry and Prince William.
The Prince of Wales is believed to have remained in Scotland for the duration of Harry’s visit to the UK, which wiped out any chance of reuniting the separated family.
However, thinking back to Charles’ chaotic marriage to Diana, it suggests the Prince of Wales may have wanted to avoid overshadowing the emotional occasion, reminding audiences of his tumultuous relationship with the late Princess of Wales, Express reports. co.uk.
As Charles is said to have acquired more authority behind the palace walls after Prince Philip’s death and continues to prepare to ascend the throne himself, it is also unlikely that he wanted to reverse the scandals. which spread throughout her first marriage.
One of the most memorable bombshells that hit the headlines as his relationship with Diana fell apart was dubbed ‘Camillagate’.
It was a transcript of a bedtime conversation between Charles and his then-mistress, Camilla.
It was recorded in 1989 but was released only in January 1993 – a month after the heir and Diana split in 1992.
The transcript exposed the intimate relationship between the two and during their loving exchange over the phone, Camilla said, “I can’t start the week without you. “
Charles replied, “I’m filling up your tank. “
They both joked about “desperately” wanting to be together “all the time” in the midst of crass jokes, while also arranging where and when they can meet next.
They ended the phone call by confirming how much they love each other, and Charles even told Camilla, “Your great achievement is loving me. “
She replied, “I would suffer anything for you. It’s love. It is the strength of love.
Once published, the tape sent shockwaves through royal spheres as the two were married at the time of the conversation.
It also sparked Camilla’s divorce from Andrew Parker Bowles, as it made her position as husband to the Duchess of Cornwall untenable, although the three remained friends.
Royal biographer and acquaintance of Charles, Howard Hodgson explained in his biography of the Prince of Wales that “even today the episode troubles the prince”.
Mr Hodgson said: “He knows that people who are not sympathetic to him or the monarchy will remember him at the time of his coronation and at all other significant times in his life.
“He remains deeply ashamed of the embarrassment he caused his mother, deeply sorry for the pain it caused his children and those of Camilla. “
Diana reportedly referred to the recording as ‘sick’, although she was caught in an equally sticky situation with her own alleged phone call to James Gilbey.
Released the year before ‘Camillagate’, a tape of a woman – believed to be Diana – exchanging affectionate terms with her stunned former classmate of Royal Watchers.
He repeatedly called the Princess of Wales “Squidgy” and “Squidge” during the phone call, meaning the phone call was quickly dubbed “Squidgygate”.
The conversation was taped on New Years Eve in 1989, and the couple can be heard planning to meet.
The Princess of Wales said her husband “makes my life really torture”, and explained how she sometimes felt “really sad and empty”.
Although such events took place three decades ago, the public is still very sensitive to the breakdown of the Wales marriage, as shown in the response to Netflix’s latest series ‘The Crown’, which recounted the history of their relationship.
Diana and Charles finalized their divorce in 1996 and are said to have become more friendly to each other in the last year of the Princess of Wales’ life.
The Prince of Wales has maintained his relationship with Camilla and has gradually integrated her into his public life.
They married in 2005, and she is currently known as the Duchess of Cornwall, having taken her husband’s secondary title out of respect for Diana.
The palace has since claimed that Camilla will only be known as Charles’ Princess Consort, rather than Queen Consort, when he takes the throne as she is his second wife.
However, this is a hotly contested claim and many believe the Prince of Wales will attempt to grant Camilla the older title of Queen Consort.
‘Charles: The Man Who Will Be King’ by Howard Hodgson was published in 2007 by John Blake Publishing and is available here.