Queen Elizabeth II, who ruled Britain for the longest time and served as a pillar of stability for much of a turbulent century, passed away on Thursday at the age of 96. She was the only monarch that the majority of Britons have ever known, and her name marks an era: the modern Elizabethan Era. She serves as a link to the nearly extinct generation who fought in World War II.
The biggest surprises during her record-breaking reign came from family life. Anne’s daughter divorced Mark Phillips in 1992, Charles and Diana split up, and Andrew and Sarah Ferguson went their own ways.
Compounded by a major fire at her favoured Windsor Castle home west of London, the queen called the 12 months her “annus horribilis”. After Diana’s death in 1997, the queen initially rejected the idea that Charles would marry his long-term mistress Camilla Parker Bowles. She did not attend their civil wedding in Windsor in 2005 but did organise a reception at the castle.
Asked about Charles’ criticism of their mother, Anne said: “I don’t believe any of us for a second thought that she didn’t care for us in exactly the same way as any other mother did. “I just think it extraordinary that anybody could construe that that might not be true,” she told the BBC.
From his alleged ongoing political intervention to his suspected affair while married to Princess Diana to his periodic gaffes and controversies involving staff, Charles has a long history of being a contentious royal.
The difficulties the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II currently faces may be made worse by the fact that he has never experienced the same level of popular adoration as his mother.
He has struggled with a number of PR issues that date back decades, including claims that he was chilly to his enduringly popular first wife Diana.
Despite some more positive coverage in the recent past, the tabloids were skilled at attacking him for coming off as cold and aloof.
The link to Princess Diana
Diana’s 1981 marriage to her oldest son, Charles, had received Queen Elizabeth‘s approval. An estimated 750 million people worldwide witnessed the prince wed Lady Diana Spencer in London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral in a fairytale wedding. After reports about infidelity shocked the royal family, they eventually got divorced in 1996. From his alleged ongoing political intervention to his suspected affair while married to Princess Diana to his periodic gaffes and controversies involving staff, Charles has a long history of being a contentious royal.
Speaking about the relationship between Diana and Queen Elizabeth, as per New York Post, Diana was not an outsider, Queen godmother to Diana’s younger brother, Charles Spencer.
Though princess knew how to handle the royals, she was terrified of her mother-in-law in the early days, as stated the princess to the author Andrew Morton in his 1992 book “Diana: Her True Story. Diana even once told Royal biographer Ingrid Seward noted in her book “The Queen and Di” that “I have the best mother-in-law in the world.”
After the wedding, Diana and Charles’ relationship grew rocky, so did her relationship with the queen.
Seward also wrote how the monarch began to dread the emotional princess’ unscheduled visits. “A footman said, ‘The princess cried three times in a half an hour while she was waiting to see you.’ The queen replied, ‘I had her for an hour — and she cried nonstop.'”
In her extraordinary 1995 interview in which she revealed her feelings over his affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, Diana famously said “there were three people” in her marriage. Giving her version of events — and admitting her own infidelity — Diana laid bare her struggles within Britain’s most famous family, criticising the royals and questioning Charles’s fitness to be king.