THE QUEEN was embroiled in a serious family crisis in 1993, her two daughters-in-law, Sarah Ferguson and Princess Diana, had walked out of their marriages, but “Sarah Ferguson was not the problem, Diana, the wife, and mother of two future kings, most certainly was”, claimed royal author Ross Benson.
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Royal author Ross Benson wrote in his book Charles, The Untold Story, “at the time the Queenwas not prepared to challenge Diana because of a power that Diana held”. Mr Benson claimed: “The Queen refused to exert her regal authority and order her daughter in law to behave herself. For the simple reason that the Queen was frightened of Diana.”
Mr Benson added: “The Queen was frightened of the power that Diana exerted over the media.
“She was frightened of the influence she had over her sons, William and Harry, most of all, frightened of the future which she sensed belonged to Diana.”
The book goes on to state that it was Diana who topped the opinion polls with popularity ratings three times that of the Queen and Queen Mother, and seven times that of Charles.
Mr Benson alleges that any move against Diana, especially at a time when the standing of the House of Windsor was at it’s lowest ebb in a century, was fraught with danger.
Royal news: the Queen was scared of Princess Diana claims a royal author (Image: GETTY)
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The author claimed that it was Diana who appeared on the front pages of newspapers and magazines, in an era “when headlines count more than bloodlines.”
This is why, although Queen Elizabeth had the authority to stop Diana from humiliating her husband at the royal banquet in 1993, but she allowed her to attend the banquet without incident, claimed Mr Benson in his book.
At this time many in the royal household were focused on seeing Charles and Diana conclude a divorce.
Felicia Smythson, a writer on royal matters, said: “The whole official establishment had rallied around the throne,” and had declared “the enemy is Diana.”
Royal news: the Queen was said to be threatened by Diana’s ‘eclipsing media profile’ (Image: GETTY)
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Charles himself then moved to end speculation that after a divorce, he might wed his long-time friend, Camilla Parker Bowles.
He even issued a statement saying he “has no intention of remarrying.”
Fearing, at that time, that while a divorce would not disqualify him from becoming king, a second marriage might.
By intervening to urge a quick divorce, the Queen and her advisers hoped to reduce Diana’s influence.
Felicia Smythson claimed: “They think an ex-princess of Wales will lose importance and attract less public interest, but they could be wrong.”