PRINCE CHARLES was “infuriated” by his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, at his 50th birthday party in 1998, a royal biographer claims.
Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall have now been married since 2005. However, in the years following Princess Diana’s death in 1997, Camilla faced difficulties not only from an initially frosty public, but from the Queen herself who had difficulty accepting her as the Prince of Wales’ new partner. Penny Junor, in her 2017 biography “The Duchess: The Untold Story”, writes how, despite public show of unity on the Prince’s 50th birthday in 1998, Charles was actually “infuriated” by Her Majesty.
Ms Junor describes how the Queen hosted Charles’ official 50th birthday party, to which Camilla was not invited.
Although the prince and his mother “delighted everyone”, Ms Junor writes: “The public display of warmth between them that night belied the real situation.”
“The Prince was infuriated by his mother’s continued hostility towards the woman he loved.”
Camilla herself then organised a grand party for Charles on the date of his actual birthday, 14 November.
However, Ms Junor writes: “The two people the Prince really wanted to be there stayed away.
“His parents turned down the invitation, as did all three of his siblings.”
Ms Junor also writes about how “hard” it was for Prince William and Prince Harry as they were slowly and carefully introduced to Camilla.
A royal insider told Ms Junor: “I think the relationship between them all is warm now but if I’m honest, it wasn’t then.
“I think they found it very hard when they were little.”
The royal biographer also reveals how Prince William really reacted when Diana lost the use of her HRH title, after his parents’ acrimonious divorce.
She writes: “Diana asked Prince William if he minded her losing her royal status.”
According to Ms Junor, the 14-year-old Prince William replied: “I don’t mind what you’re called – you’re Mummy.”
Ms Junor also states that the decision “was not what the prince wanted, but it was not in his gift; it was a decision for the Queen.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK