Queen and Philip ‘could not understand’ Prince Charles’ affair with Camilla, says insider
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Former royal butler Paul Burrell told ITV’s Lorraine the Queen and Prince Philip could not understand Prince Charles’ relationship with Camilla when he was still married to Princess Diana. It comes as the fourth season of The Crown arrived on Netflix on Sunday, showing the controversial relationship between the Prince and Princess of Wales and his lover Camilla, now Duchess of Cornwall.
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Mr Burrell said: “Prince Philip wrote very supportive letters to Diana and he said to her ‘Mama and I do not condone Charles’ relationship with Camilla and we cannot understand for the life of us, why he would choose Camilla over you’.
“Now that’s what Prince Philip said to Princess Diana. I saw it.
“There is a ripple of support for Diana in the Royal Family, but it wasn’t tactile support.
“There wasn’t anybody standing beside her to say ‘do this or do that’.
“Because she didn’t have the love and support of her husband.”
The former butler to Princess Diana also claimed the Queen Mother, on the other hand, believed the Princess of Wales was “silly” as she failed to accept it was normal for men to have extra-marital relationships.
Mr Burrell said: “I was there and I did see it, I did hear it. It was part of my life.
“And when you hear the Queen Mother personally saying something like ‘Diana is such a silly girl, doesn’t she understand? Men have affairs’.
“Now that put it all into a nutshell of what the Royal Family thinks.
“Because they think it’s okay for that to happen.”
The last season of the controversial Netflix show begins with the rise to power of Margaret Thatcher, played by Gillian Anderson, in 1979, and the assassination by the IRA of Lord Mountbatten (Charles Dance) during a fishing trip in Ireland.
The series also marks the return of Josh O’Connor as the Prince of Wales, and Emerald Fennell as Camilla Parker-Bowles, as well as Olivia Colman as the Queen, Tobias Menzies as the Duke of Edinburgh and Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret.
Actress Emma Corrin has said she is “sad” about the fact she is only appearing in one series of The Crown.
The actress, who portrays Diana during the early stages of her relationship with Prince Charles, said it is a “shame” that her appearance is so fleeting in the hit Netflix show.
Elizabeth Debicki will take over the role for the final two series of the programme.
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Corrin told GQ: “I’m sad about it, but I’ve moved on.”
She added that she “can’t imagine” how William and Harry feel about the series.
“I’d be interested to know what they think,” she said.
“If I ever saw them at a party, I’d probably leave.”
Corrin said the new series is sad “apart from the 20 minutes when Charles and Diana are happy in episode six”.
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