PRINCE Charles faced being told by the Queen to end his relationship with Camilla after Princess Diana erupted with fury over a lavish party for the Duchess-to-be, it is claimed.
By SIMON OSBORNE
Sir Robert Fellowes, the Queen’s private secretary, was on the verge of making the extraordinary request of Her Majesty in July 1997 after hearing Charles was planning a glitzy 50th birthday bash for Camilla at Highgrove.
But he was persuaded to back off by fellow courtiers and the party went ahead as planned putting Camilla on her way to becoming a visible and acknowledged part of the Prince’s life.
A new book, The Duchess: The Untold Story by Penny Junor, makes sensational claims about Prince Charles and Camilla’s relationship, and how it impacted Princess Diana.
The biography claims Diana was furious about the birthday party even though by this stage she was fairly relaxed about Charles’s relationship with Camilla.
Ms Junor writes: “She was forging a new life for herself, not only with her landmines crusade but also with a new romance — with heart surgeon Hasnat Khan.
“What had agitated her about the glitzy party was simply the prospect of Camilla becoming a public figure.”
Camilla was still an unpopular figure in Britain and was known as the “rottweiler”, a scheming adulteress responsible for bringing unhappiness to the “People’s Princess”.
Ms Junor added: “Charles decided to host a lavish 50th birthday party for Camilla at Highgrove.
“When Sir Robert Fellowes, the Queen’s private secretary, heard about plans for the party, he was furious.
“So furious, in fact, that he said if it went ahead, he would have to advise Her Majesty to tell Charles that he must give up Camilla for good.
“In the event, the Queen was never asked to consider giving this unprecedented regal order.
“Fellowes’s colleagues, Robin Janvrin and Mary Francis — the Queen’s deputy and assistant private secretaries — were so dismayed by his attitude that they ganged up on him.
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