The part of the tape that everyone remembers was embarrassing beyond words Charles was saying, he couldn’t bear being without her, he said I’ll just live inside your trousers or something, it would be much easier what are you going to turn into milah? Said with a laugh, a pair of knickers they both laughed oh you’re going to come back as a pair of knickers! Oh god forbid a Tampax, he laughed Just My Luck. Their conversation boosting Charles’s confidence telling him he was under estimating himself as usual, showing an interest in his work and making him feel good about himself which no one else did, and he in turn was tender and loving and passionate, telling her how proud he was of her and how her great achievement had been.
To love him Camilla was branded a marriage record, an adulterer while the serially unfaithful Andrew parker-Bowles found himself in the curious position of being the wronged husband. The harassment intensified, Camilla became the butt of lewd jokes, crude cartoons, and lurid headlines. She had disturbing phone calls at all hours of the day and night, she received abusive letters and became a virtual prisoner alone, for a lot of the time in a big house. In the country with no security life became horrendous not just for her, but for all her immediate family. How anyone comes back from that sort of public humiliation is hard to imagine. Most people would have been crushed by it, but Camilla internalized the pain and presented a brave face, she has a strong instinct for self-preservation. A tendency to put her head in the sand and not think about things that are too difficult. She also has an unerring ability to laugh even in the most terrible of situations, and her family are the same, they closed ranks rallied round and kept her spirits up her mother.
Rosalind was not well then her osteoporosis was quietly killing her, she was in a wheelchair and on so many painkillers, that by 1993 she wasn’t fully aware of what was going, on this was a blessing. Camila’s father Bruce was a tower of strength and her greatest support while her friends were also fiercely loyal forming a protective ring around her, no one judged no one spoke to the press, her friend Jean Irwin did her shopping for her in Sainsbury’s. Her main concern was for her children, Tom was at Oxford by then and Laura was 17 and still at school, but they both had loyal friends who kept any excessive sniggering at bay. Dianna was not well during those years from the late 80s to the mid-90s, she saw conspiracies everywhere, she abruptly dropped friends, family and people who worked for her, and was convinced that her husband’s office was trying to discredit her, she also left disturbing messages on people’s answering machines and pagers.
Camilla received a number of threatening and unnerving calls from the princess in the middle of the night, without saying who was calling she’d typically say, I’ve sent someone to kill you they’re outside in the garden, from the window can you see them suffice? To say many of the people around Dianna walked on eggshells not knowing what she might do from hour to hour, as the 25th anniversary of the investiture of the Prince of Wales approached, writer and broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby was invited by Charles’s private secretary, to make a documentary and write an accompanying book on the prince’s life.
It began as a well-intentioned exercise, but Charles the private man the public role seen by 14 million viewers in 1994 was directly responsible, for Andrew divorcing Camilla, for Diana’s devastating panorama interview and for her divorce from the Prince of Wales for one reason. For the first time the prince had admitted his adultery, now it was official and the fallout was disastrous, friends left to Camilla’s defense, frankly said once Charles has behaved like an absolute pig and landed Camilla right in it. She has done absolutely nothing to deserve this, after all the support she has given him over the years through difficult times and what of Camilla’s husband.