The moment Princess Diana lost her cool with Prince Charles as they entertained Egypt’s president Anwar Sadat and his wife at dinner. Writing in his book ‘Charles: A Biography’, Anthony Holden relived the near heartbreaking moment that an upset Diana noticed that Charles was wearing an item afforded to him by Camilla, whose shadow at the time intruded on what was otherwise supposed to be an “idyllic honeymoon”.
Mr Holden, a Royal expert and author of several Royal books, described the rage that filled Diana when she noticed the jewellery Charles had dared to sport .
The devastating revelation came after the couple compared their schedules one day, which led to two photos of Camilla fluttering out of Charles’ diary.
Mr Holden wrote: “A few days later when they entertained Egypt’s President Anwar Sadat and his wife to diner, Diana noticed that her husband was wearing a new pair of gold cufflinks in the shape of two intertwined ‘C’s’.
“Under angry questioning, Charles admitted that they were a gift from Camilla, but failed to see anything wrong in so charming a gesture from so close a friend.
“Diana saw things differently.
Royal rage: The moment Diana lost it with Prince Charles at a diplomatic dinner
Charles was wearing jewellery given to him by Camilla
“For Charles to attribute her mood swings to ‘the transient pressures of adapting to her new and exacting role as his consort was disingenuous, to say the least.”
The example of Diana’s questioning of Charles in front of officials from foreign countries was unheard of at the time.
Her unhappiness was obvious during this period, with their returning to Scotland from egypt some weeks later, during which Diana, while talking to journalists, said she “thoroughly recommended married life”.
The reality, Mr Holden explained, couldn’t be further from the truth, he wrote: “The reality was already very different.
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“‘I remember crying my eyes out on our honeymoon,’ she would say later.
“Charles could see that something was profoundly wrong, but professed bafflement.
“For him this was ‘a blissful interlude at his favourite home, complete with his books, his fishing rods and his friends’ while his new bride was for some reason ‘unable to surrender herself to his good humour’.”
A while after this, to marl the Queen’s fourtieth accession, Charles planned to commission a neo-classical fountain in Parliament Square.
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The Queen, however, rejected the plan, with Mr Holden analysing how strategically significant her veto had been.
Mr Holden wrote: “Amid the deaths of a recession, with hard-pressed tax payers processing about subsidising the world’s wealthiest woman, The Queen herself was quick to veto her loving son’s idea.
“It proved a sound judgement on the monarch’s part, as her personal milestone that February was obscured by the visible deterioration of Charles’s marriage during a disastrous six-day visit to India.”
The Queen’s decision to reject Charles’ fountain was further proved to be of sound judgement when Royal fans across the world saw pictures of a lone Diana in India.
Charles and Diana’s romantic timeline
Mr Holden described the scene of melancholy as being a turning point in Charles and Diana’s marital descent.
He wrote: “Beside the Taj Mahal, built by a seventeenth-century Mogul emperor for his wife, who had died at childbirth, the Prince of Wales posed poignantly alone, sending a deliberate ‘postcard home’, bearing the clear message that she now saw herself as an abandoned woman.
“Despite a longstanding public promise to take his bride to the Taj Mahal, made during his bachelor days, the prince had opted to remind behind in Delhi.”
Diana outside the Taj Mahal
The instance of Charles and Diana displaying a public mini-feud was not uncommon in the late 1990s.
Many have highlighted Diana’s attempts of breaking free of the shackles of Royal life while at the same time still wanting to maintain a relationship with Charles whose life was very much entrenched in Royal protocol.
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