PRINCESS Diana dealt a final, devastating blow to Prince Charles at a tense state banquet at Buckingham Palace in 1993, a royal writer has claimed.
Diana ‘upstaged’ Charles at every opportunity says royal expert
Classmate of Prince Charles and royal correspondent Ross Benson in his book, Charles ‘The Untold Story’, told how Princess Diana was not expected to attend the State banquet for President Mario Soares of Portugal at Buckingham Palace. According to Mr Benson, after leaving Prince Charles Diana was henceforth banned from every royal occasion. Only the Queen could enforce an order to allow her presence back at official royal occasions.
It is claimed that Diana suddenly phoned the Queen and announced she would attend the banquet and the Queen could not bring herself to enforce the ban.
The Queen refused to stand up to Diana, as Mr Benson wrote: “For the simple reason that the Queen was frightened of Diana.”
There was a deeper psychology at play, and Mr Benson states in the book that: “The Queen was frightened of the influence that Diana exerted over her sons, William and Harry.
“And most of all frightened over the future which she senses belongs to Diana.
“That is why the Queen shied away from telling Diana that she would be unwelcome at the State banquet.
Tense times at the royal banquet Diana was not meant to attend (Image: GETTY)
Charles and Diana’s wedding (Image: GETTY)
“In effect, Diana had hijacked the Royal Family.
“As one member of the Queen’s staff bluntly put it, when William is king, Diana will have one.”
Diana walked into the official ceremony at the Palace and stood beside the Prince of Wales, the “husband who detested her.”
The husband who “for eleven wretched years had been subjected to her temper and tantrums.
“She had outshone him, outmanoeuvred him and finally humiliated him.”
Diana had defied the ruling of Prince Philip who won learning that she was to leave Charles had announced: “Well, if she wants out, she can get out.”
According to the sensationalist biography on the Prince of Wales’ life, the Queen remarked about Sarah Ferguson and Diana to one of her Household: “You take in two girls from broken homes and look how they repay you.”
Further in Charles ’The Untold Story’, the author suggests that Diana was convinced of her right to put her own happiness before the well-being of an institution, and that she “chose to take a sledgehammer to the foundations of propriety on which the House of Windsor was built and, despite Charles’s pleadings, insisted on walking out on her marriage”.
The book asks, why Charles didn’t decide to tell Diana not to show up at the State banquet after leaving him months before and so causing him public humiliation.
The book states that the answer lies with the way Prince Charles had been brought up.
Mr Benson writes: “He had been trained to be a king.
“He had not been taught how to deal with a woman like Diana Spencer.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK