I have been viewing some footage of the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer. It took place in July in the year 1981.
I was then but a babe. I was neglected as my family were glued to the box. We were lodging at the house of my aunt Maire. Anyhow, Maire and her brood do not partake of butter, finding it loathsome. I wandered into the kitchen unsupervised and there I espied with my little eye a pound of butter. I was unfed and so helped myself to the butter. Two hours and one married couple later I tottered back into the drawing room and upchucked butter onto the carpet.
It was an omen. That is why Diana and Charles dissolved their marriage 15 years later. I was the first to know.
It was such a resplendent spectacle. I enjoyed the hell out of it. I could not get enough of it – watching it over and again. It was full of colour, music, glory and joy – everything that is bright, positive and full of life. The merriment was accompanied by decorum.
When Lady Diana alighted from her coach she was like Cinderella in her heyday. As she set foot outside St Paul’s Cathedral an elated shout went up from the crowd. They were pent-up with anticipation.
Earl Spencer, that title must have flummoxed Americans. No, Earl is not a boy’s name. It is a noble title. We may call him Lord Spencer. Lord Spencer had suffered a stroke a couple of years before and could totter but with careful tread up the 200 m aisle.
Lady Diana’s wedding dress was beyond extravagant – a train 8m long. There were many page boys and flower girls. They had matching addresses. It was so stately. No one does pomp like the British Isles.
The melodies made it all. Dull would he be of soul who was not a royalist then when he say they fairytale princess mincing up the red carpet to wedding strains.
Prince Diana like the innocent she was. She was decent to look at but I am not sure if I could call her beautiful. She was never to my taste. She was never my wank fantasy.
Prince Charles did not look one bit happy. Her Majesty the Queen looked dignified but no more. Later in the day she managed to crack a smile. She grew up in a different era – that of self-control.
Charles was thinking, of fuck – oh fuck – what am I doing? I am marrying someone I totally do not love. I should have married Camilla. Oh well, it is too late to turn back now. I have got to go through with it. I will shag her tonight.
Lord Spencer had a youth near him in case he stumbled.
The Archbishop of Canterbury had a very fruity accent such as is much mocked now.
It was a marvellous occasion. I feel pride rising in me – a surge of endorphins flood my brain. Yes – of yes, This is it. This is monarchy at its finest. God save the queen!
That peck on the balcony was lacking any passion. They were in front of their families never mind 750 000 000 people. This is the world’s premier royal house. Her Majesty is the queen of 16 nations. A third of the planet was once under her father’s sway.
Prince Charles met Camilla Parker Bowles in the 1970s. She was no longer a virgin. She was not a noblewoman but was not far off it. She was the last of that generation of really super ladies who did nothing till they got married. Charles was very fond of Camilla but she was not quite suitable and he was young and unsure of himself. He went away with the Royal Navy to bust drug dealers in the Caribbean. A year later he returned and Camilla was engaged to Andrew Parker Bowles, an army officer. Camilla was not acceptable anyway. The Queen would have vetoed it.
Charles hit 30. 1978 his parents say, Charlie boy, you are a man now – isn’t it time you settled down? Find a suitable bride.
Lady Diana had two elder sisters. People had said they might be right for Charles. Diana and Prince Andrew are the same age. They might be a match.
Charles remarked that he first met Diana and thought ”what an attractive 16 year old.” He was then 29. Nowadays a 29 year old who wanted to shaft a girl that age would be called a paedo. Now he was not one in legal or ethical terms. There is nothing amiss in shagging a 16 yEAR old but one sees a sad degeneration in attitudes.
He formed a liaison with her in the summer of 1980. She was then 18 or maybe 19. Her birthday is in July.
Lady Di was a dumbo. She failed all her O levels. Admittedly O levels were hard. Nothing wrong in being unscholarly but it is worth bearing in mind. Prince Chuck is smart – a Cantabrigian. He earnt that I am convinced.
Then in Feb 1981 he got engaged to her. She was still 19. She had never had a boyfriend and was a virgin – that is the word on the street and I have no reason to doubt it.
She was the only virgin in the kingdom.
They wed when she was 20 and he was 32. That would be thought too much of an age gap now.
Prince Charles admitted in his interview with Martin Bashir in 1995 that he did commit adultery but only when it became clear that his marriage was effectively over.
Diana said that during their courtship he would call her every day and then neglect her for weeks. There was no meeting of minds. He likes field sports and she did not. He was a product of his upbringing more formal. She was touchy feely. She liked to play the victim.
Diana got savaged for being a shopaholic. But if she had been badly dressed she would have been attacked for letting the side down. She could not win.
I remember seeing the Kensington palace photo exhibition in her in 2006. A thoroughly modern woman it said she was. Yes, because she failed every exam and worked for 1 year in her life.
The biographies of her were all hagiographies, sympathising with her and wallowing in her sense of self-pity. She was not that unlucky,
ok I think Charles was never emotionally committed to the marriage. He had a sense of duty and felt that most people loved the monarchy and wanted him to marry someone seen as suitable in the traditional sense. He did what was expected of him. Maybe it was doomed, I think it was. He apparently said he would not be the first king to go without a mistress, he was going to have one. He did. I do not think that was his intention from the beginning. In past generations female royalty were expected to maintain a dignified silence. Dirty linen was washed in private.
He wed Camilla in 2005. Perhaps it was 30 years too late. If had wed her first time around everyone would have been spared untold grief. Only the paparazzi would have lost out.
The fake sheikh Munzer Mahmood interviewed Princess Sophie in 2000 or so. He was under cover. She said that Charles and Diana was not wed till the Queen Mother died. Si it proved. In her generTION standards were so different. One cannot sanctify sin. One never marries the mistress. A slut cannot be a princess. Still officially Camilla will not be queen. I think that she will be. Attitudes towards her have mollified. Time was she was a hate figure. The wicked witch of the west country was blamed for hurting poor princess Diana. It must have hurt for Diana to have her husband fall for a woman not younger than her but 13 years older than her. It must be love. It cannot be looks that attracted Charles to Camilla. Even in her youth she was good-looking but not stunning. He hair is a disaster zone and her skin is dreadful her clothes are a mess.