Princess Diana kicked furniture after Charles bought Camilla bracelet days before wedding
Princes Diana flew into a fit of rage and kicked the furniture after she discovered a bracelet Prince Charles had brought for his lover Camilla Parker Bowles just days before their royal wedding, a new book sensationally claims.
The discovery came two weeks before the couple’s extravagant nuptuals in 1981 and she saw it as a warning sign her fiancé was still deeply in love with his old girlfriend.
The “young, naive, princess” felt so betrayed by the gesture, she cried her eyes out for six hours and ranted and “raged” after making the shock discovery in Prince Charles’ aides’s office.
Princess Diana’s heartache is laid bare in a new book, The Untold Story by Penny Junor, featuring a series of interviews conducted with her love rival, Camilla’s close family and friends.
Ms Junor writes: “What enraged Diana most of all was a bracelet destined for Camilla that she found on Michael Colborne’s desk one Friday afternoon.
“Colborne had been asked by Charles to buy presents for various women who’d been special to him in one way or another during his bachelor years — namely Lady Tryon, Lady Sarah Keswick, Lady Cecil Cameron and Camilla Parker Bowles.
“The Prince is an inveterate giver of gifts, especially jewellery, as a way of thanking people; and he intended to see each of the women individually to say goodbye.“
But when the package from the jeweller arrived Colborne was investigating its contents when he was summoned away by Edward Adeane, the Prince’s private secretary.
After their conversation, Mr Adeane went looking for his colleague to make one final point. But as he reached Colborne’s office door, the private secretary was practically knocked off his feet by Diana, visibly upset, rushing out at top speed, the book claims
Ms Junor added: “Mr Colborne arrived moments later and realised what had happened: the lid had been taken off the box that contained Camilla’s bracelet.
“When he next saw Diana, she confessed she’d had a look at what was on his desk but said nothing further about it.”
In her own words, written from tapes given in secret to author Andrew Morton in the late 1980s, the Princess of Wales described the heartbreaking moment in detail.
However, Ms Junor, whose book is sympathetic to Camilla, fires back that Diana’s tale was “embellished” because she had known Mr Colborne for 30 years and he had described things differently.
Diana said in tapes to Mr Morton: “Anyway, someone in his office told me that my husband had had a bracelet made for her, which she wears to this day.
“It’s a gold chain bracelet with a blue enamel disc. It’s got ‘G and F’ entwined in it, ‘Gladys’ and ‘Fred’ — they were their nicknames.
“I walked into this man’s office one day and said: ‘Oh, what’s in that parcel?’
He said: ‘Oh, you shouldn’t look at that.’ I said: ‘Well, I’m going to look at it.”
“I opened it and there was a bracelet, and I said: ‘I know where this is going.’ I was devastated. This was about two weeks before we got married.
He said: “Well, he’s going to give it to her tonight.”
“So rage, rage, rage! ‘Why can’t you be honest with me?’ But no, [Charles] cut me absolutely dead.
“It’s as if he had made his decision, and if it wasn’t going to work, it wasn’t going to work. He’d found the virgin, the sacrificial lamb . . .”
Ms Junor argues that while it was true that Diana had confronted Charles over the bracelet, they had talked and not rowed about it.
He had also assured her that there was no other woman in his life since their engagement. But it is alleged that his affair with Camilla never really ended despite their marriage.
Ms Junor puts the Prince of Wales cold demeanour towards his new, young, bride as him not understanding how “an insecure 19-year-old might feel about him giving a bracelet to the one old girlfriend she was fretting about.
She writes: “Worse, she’d asked Charles if he was still in love with Camilla, and he hadn’t given her a clear answer. It’s small wonder that she became almost demented with suspicion and jealousy.”
The book’s release on June 29, comes in the wake of the re-release of Andrew Morton’s book – Diana: Her true story: In her own words, which was released on June 23.
Ms Junor, a Royal writer, is a close friend of Prince Charles and his wife, the now Duchess of Cornwall’s friends and inner circle.
Her book details the familiar story of how Camilla first befriended Diana after she became engaged to Prince Charles.
But it paints Diana as a scheming woman who “set her sights on [Prince Charles], flirting and flattering and bending over backwards to be everything that he wanted her to be.”
Adding it was only later that she revealed her “complicated and difficult personality”, according to her grandmother Lady Fermoy, a close friend of the Queen Mother.
It is clear after Lady Diana and Charles went for visits to the home of Camilla and her husband, Andrew, in Bloehyde in the village of Allington, Wiltshire, she was not presented with all of the facts.
And, in an act Diana would later see as betrayal, Camilla left her note at Clarence House the pair should meet for lunch.
Ms Junor writes: “It was a friendly gesture and Camilla remembered the lunch as being just that; Diana was very excited and gleefully showed off the ring.
“Naturally, they didn’t discuss Camilla’s affair with Charles. The physical side of their relationship had ended once he’d proposed to Diana, though he’d hoped that their long-standing friendship might continue.
“Camilla knew how painful it was to have an unfaithful husband.
“She would never have wanted to inflict that on Diana or anyone else. She wasn’t scheming. But over time Diana had come to see that lunch as part of a conspiracy.”
Charles did finally admit to Diana that Camilla had been “one of his most intimate friends” before they wed.
But the prince was reportedly so sad that he was set to wed Diana that he “cried the night before the wedding.”
He also shot Camilla, dressed in grey, a long, sad, glance, as he walked up the aisle with his new bride at their ill-fated wedding.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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