Prince Charles’ ‘true side’ to be revealed in ‘explosive’ unauthorized biography
TheE “true side” of Prince Charles is about to be revealed in an explosive expose by Tom Bower, the biographer who revealed Simon Cowell’s affair with Dannii Minogue.
Mr Bower claims the book will include the testimony of more than 120 people employed by Clarence House who were “welcomed into the inner sanctum”.
The biography is “warts and all” and the author claims the book “reveals a royal household rife with intrigue and misconduct”.
Mr Bower said: “There are a lot of revelations. I was amazed how much new material there was. It’s got a lot of very, very new, untold information.”
The author complained that palace officials denied him access to cover the third day of Charles’ Welsh tour in July when the Prince visited the Royal Mint in Glamorgan.
A source claimed: “Bower asked permission in advance, but about two days before, they said it was full. Bower couldn’t believe they didn’t have space for one person behind a rope.”
A palace spokesman said: “Bower was offered alternative engagements to visit – owing to there not being a space on that one occasion – which he declined.”
The book will cover “Charles’ politics and his attitude towards his family” and look how he sought to improve his image after Princess Diana’s death in 1997, according to a source.
The source said: “Until now all the books about Charles have been pretty reverential. They have all sought to get his approval. This treats him as a story, not as an object to be glorified.”
But royal insiders cast doubt on the claims, saying they are “very sceptical” about the level of access he is claiming.
One insider said: “Nobody on this side of the fence believes 120 people have spoken to him.”
But, The Daily Mirror’s Royal Correspondent Victoria Murphy believes Prince Charles will face a legal battle.
The Prince has not welcomed any book that threatens to “rock the stability he has enjoyed in recent years”.
Also, because the Royal Family are expected a new baby and there is another wedding on the way they will seek to avoid unwanted controversy, she added.
She also points out how his approval rating plummeted on the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death.
Sources close to the Royal Family said the Prince had an “aestas horribilis” (horrible summer) caused by coverage of the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death.
His biographer Sally Beddell Smith said the raking up of the so-called War of Wales had caused Charles and Camilla “real damage”.
Referring to a Channel 4 documentary featuring interviews Diana gave to voice coach Peter Settelen at the height of her marriage problems in the early 1990s, she said: “Too much of what Diana said has been taken at face-value now, amplified online through her voice and image from beyond the grave.
“Charles is hardly a saint, but Diana could be an unreliable narrator, and she was often vengeful.”
“I think the coverage has inflicted some real damage on Charles and Camilla, as the plummeting poll numbers have shown.
“All his admirable work as Prince of Wales over the past 40 years has been disregarded and Republicans have exploited the accusatory mood to question his fitness to be king.
“If 1992 was the Queen’s annus horribilis, this has been Charles’s aestas horribilis. He has been a ghost in the Diana commemorations, constrained from comment lest he seem like a cad. He will doubtless recover, but it will take some time.”
Source: EXRPRESS CO UK
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