Revealed: Prince Charles in despair ahead of Princess Diana death anniversary
Prince Charles has revealed his anguish as the popularity of the heir to the throne and his wife Camilla has plunged on the anniversary of Diana’s death.
A torrent of stories about the death of Princess Diana and the reasons behind the failure of her marriage to the heir to the throne has left him in a gloomy, introspective mood, insiders say.
Those in his close circle of friends have been writing and calling the couple empathising with the “extremely difficult” situation on the 20th anniversary of the Paris car crash.
Now Prince Charles has admitted the pain he is feeling by expressing his thanks in private to those close to him who are helping to lift his spirits.
A source close to the couple said: “It is fair to say Prince Charles is feeling pretty raw and emotional with a lot of the pain from the past being dredged up again.
“It is good that the virtues and good works of Princess Diana are being remembered but, unfortunately, there has been relentless focus on the heartache of decades ago as well.
“Prince Charles has made it clear that he is very grateful for the support from his loyal friends during this time.”
Prince Charles backed the deeply personal tributes from the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry to their mother in a television documentary.
However, the decision by Channel 4 to broadcast interviews given by Princess Diana during from her private sessions with a speech therapist has reopened deep wounds Prince Charles would rather have left alone, said the source.
It is fair to say Prince Charles is feeling pretty raw and emotional with a lot of the pain from the past being dredged up again
Source close to couple
“To some extent it is the war of the Wales’s all over again, which is disappointing as Prince Charles had left that unhappy period in his life behind.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall have been surprised by the impact the focus on the marriage break down has had with the public.
Following the Diana’s private thoughts being aired by Channel 4, a Sunday Express poll found 67 per cent do not support the Duchess of Cornwall taking the title of queen when Charles becomes king.
Only 19 per cent of those polled felt she was fit for the role.
More than a quarter, 27 per cent, think less of Charles following the broadcast, which was heavily biased in favour of Diana’s view of the collapse of the marriage.
Yesterday there was further anguish for the couple when lawyer Michael Mansfield said in an American documentary that there should be a new investigation into the death of Diana in a crash in the Alma tunnel in Paris on August 31 1997.
Dodi Fayd, 42, died instantly, and 36 year old Diana died in hospital from serious injuries after Ritz hotel security official Henri Paul drove into a pillar at around 65 mph.
Mr Mansfield, QC, who represented Dodi Fayed’s father Mohammed AlFayed at the inquest into their deaths, suggests the crash was no accident and wants evidence re-examined.
He told the show: “If you find a body at the bottom of the cliffs in Dover and the person has left a note saying, ‘I’m going to end up at the bottom of the cliffs, dead and, in the note, she’d indicated who she thought would be responsible for her death, I think the first port of calls is to say, hmm, well there may be something in this.”
Conspiracy theories were demolished during the inquest where it was decided Diana and Dodi were unlawfully killed by Frenchman Mr Paul, who was speeding and had been drinking.
Pursuing French paparazzi photographers were also partly to blame for the tragedy.
Days before the anniversary on Thursday, Author Hilary Mantel joined the national debate by attacking the “princess myth” surrounding the late Diana, Princess of Wales.
In a newspaper article the Wolf Hall novelist criticised the “mystical realm” in which “royal people exist”, and said there was “no bar on saying what you like” about the late princess, “in defiance of the evidence”.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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