PRINCESS Diana suffered a silent but cutting snub from the Queen Mother, a former royal insider reveals.
Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ famously turbulent marriage began in 1981 after a whirlwind courtship. Diana was increasingly unhappy in the marriage after the births of Prince William and Prince Harry, with the Queen eventually advising the couple to divorce in 1996. The Queen Mother would become Charles’ main confidante in the royal family as the marriage began to break down.
2017 Amazon Prime documentary “The Diana Story” delves into the royals’ relationships with the late Princess of Wales.
The film hears from Paul Burrell, who joined Diana as her butler after leaving the Queen’s service as a footman in 1987.
Burrell recounts how he observed Diana’s relationships with the royal family behind closed doors.
He says: “The rest of the royal family and the royal household, they treated Diana as if she were just another ‘gel’. In fact they didn’t give her much consideration at all.”
However, Burrell goes on to describe a silent but cutting snub from the Queen Mother.
He continues: “I did notice that one day, going through the drawing room, the old Queen Mother, she passed the magazine table, and Diana’s face was on the front of Hello! magazine.
“And as she walked past the table, she flipped the magazine over onto its backside and carried on walking.
“That to me said, she’s not really accepted. They don’t like it.
“She’s beginning to out-shine even the senior members of the royal family, which is dangerous territory.”
Previously in the documentary, Burrell describes how, in private, Prince Charles would be “undermining” and “quite cruel” to the Princess of Wales, so that she “would lose her confidence” before important engagements.
Diana and the Queen Mother had a famously fraught relationship, with the Queen Mother reportedly never allowing Diana’s name to be mentioned in her presence after he death in 1997.
However, she reportedly regarded Charles as her favourite grandchild, with the Prince of Wales paying tribute to her at her funeral in 2002 as “the most magical grandmother you could ever have.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK