Prince Charles ‘spent 14 YEARS in therapy to cope with Diana’s emotional storms’
PRINCE Charles lacked the knowledge and temperament to help “a very disturbed” Diana and saw a therapist to weather his young wife’s “emotional storms”, a royal biographer has sensationally claimed.
The heir to the throne attended meetings with Dr Alan McGlashan for 14 years after the Princess of Wales gave up following eight meetings with the same therapist, according to American author and historian Sally Bedell Smith.
Dr McGlashan was reportedly recommended to Charles by his close friend, philosopher and conservationist Laurens Van der Post, with the intention to help Princess Diana.
But instead, the doctor would go on to help the struggling husband deal with his wife’s “emotional storms, which shocked him in their intensity and suddenness”, Ms Bedell Smith has claimed.
Van der Post reportedly visited the royal couple at the Queen’s Balmoral estate in Scotland, where the princess had spent much of her honeymoon “suffering insomnia and growing thinner by the day… when she wasn’t berating her new husband about his former mistress or complaining about the oppressive atmosphere of the royal court”.
The book, entitled Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life, quotes Van der Post as saying the therapist saw Prince Charles as “misunderstood, and starved of really spontaneous and natural affection”.
But it was a difficult childhood that led to Charles’ psychological trauma when he suffered the breakdown of his marriage to Diana, Ms Bedell Smith suggests.
She claims the future king suffered “acute homesickness” and fell victim to bullying when he was sent to board at Cheam School in Berkshire at eight-years-old.
Ms Bedell Smith claimed Charles was called “fatty” and bullied for his “jug” ears and during school rugby games “teammates and opponents alike pummelled Charles in the scrum”.
A former schoolmate John Stonborough said: “I never saw him react at all. He was very stoic. He never fought back.
“Bullying was virtually institutionalised and very rough.”
In Charles’s defence he genuinely thought he could grow to love Diana
Sally Bedell Smith
Years of torment would then see him trying to cope with his wife who was “tormented by feelings of emptiness and detachment; she feared abandonment; she had difficulty sustaining relationships and she kept those closest to her on tenterhooks with her sudden mood swings, explosive rages and prolonged sulks”.
Ms Bedell Smith wrote: “Charles was sympathetic but he lacked the knowledge or the temperament to help a very disturbed young woman.”
But after five “unhappy” years of marriage, Ms Bedell Smith claims Charles “had given up” and “rekindled” his affair with Camilla Parker Bowles in 1986.
She writes: “In Charles’s defence he genuinely thought he could grow to love Diana. Yet six years after he married her, he wrote to a friend: ‘How could I have got it all so wrong?’”
Sally Bedell Smith has written books on the Queen, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and the Kennedy White House.
Her book about Prince Charles is being serialised by the Daily Mail.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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