Christmas 2020 was unlike no other for the Royal Family. The Firm usually gathers together at the Queen’s Sandringham estate, but with the updated coronavirus restrictions, were unable to meet each other for the festive period. Each member instead spent the day with their household, the Queen and Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William and Kate Middleton, and so on.
Far from the usual protocol, it would have offered the family a brief period of privacy on Christmas Day, something they haven’t been privy to in decades.
Little is to be said for the rest of their lives, characterised by a prominent role and presence in public life.
Charles expressed his disdain for this element of royalty during Johnathan Dimbleby’s 1994 documentary, ‘Charles, The Private Man, The Public Role’.
It came as he and Princess Diana experienced some of the most intense media speculation of their lives, following their separation two years before.
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In the interview, Charles revealed his paranoia over photographers following him and his family around – even at his holiday home in Balmoral, Scotland.
He said: “I always think there’s a camera now, always.
“Or something like a camera and worse.
“It’s extraordinary now that you feel – I do anyway – that wherever you are, there’s somebody hiding behind something, somewhere.
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“And with these immense cameras with huge lenses and magnification, you can sit a mile away, quite happily, and photograph through windows and everything else – and they do.”
Earlier on in the programme, Charles expressed his anger towards the media, and said he refused to play the game he was being cornered into.
He explained: “I’m not really good at being a performing monkey.
“I think that I am quite a sort of private person.
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“I’m not prepared to just perform, whenever they want me to perform on that sort of score.
“It would be alright if they actually went away, but as I was saying, they don’t.”
A year after Charles appeared in Mr Dimbleby’s documentary, Diana gave her own tell-all interview with the BBC’s Martin Bashir.
Considered one of the biggest scoops of the time, Diana famously remarked that there were “three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded”.
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An estimated 23 million people tuned in around the world and witnessed Diana openly talk about Prince Charles’ infidelities.
It has been widely regarded as the preclude for the pair’s divorce the following year.
Speculation and interest around Charles and Diana’s relationship has rekindled in recent weeks following the release of the fourth series of The Crown.
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It is here that Diana’s struggles with mental health and refusal to fit the royal mould expected of her is meticulously detailed.
The reaction from those close to the Royal Family has been nothing short of furious.
Friends of Charles launched a blistering attack on the Netflix Original series, accusing the producers of “trolling on a Hollywood budget”.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK