It’s no secret that King Charles and Princess Diana’s seemingly storybook romance turned out to be a nightmare – but one author claims things are much darker behind closed doors.
Christopher Andersen has written a new book about Queen Elizabeth II’s eldest son called “The King: The Life of Charles III.” He spoke to a number of immigrants in the palace, as well as those who have known the former Prince of Wales or worked closely with him over the years. It aimed to further investigate the 74-year-old’s “lonely” childhood and military training, as well as several scandals involving his relationships that rocked the House of Windsor.
Andersen claimed to Fox News Digital that the marriage between Charles and Diana had become so volatile that royal protection officers were wary of all the weapons scattered around the palace.
“He has a huge temper,” Andersen claimed of the king. “I mean, he’s got an incredible temper. He’s constantly throwing tantrums and throwing a bootjack [at her]. It is a heavy wooden device for wearing hunting boots, and is made of iron and wood. He threw it at Diana’s head and lost her.”
Charles’ former valet, Ken Stronach, claimed to Andersen that he was in the room “when Charles, in the middle of an argument with Diana, grabbed a heavy wooden booth and threw it at her, missing the princess’s head by inches,” as quoted in the book.
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“But there are guns all over that palace,” Anderson claimed. “They love shooting parties. So there are shotguns and handguns for security and rifles [for] security forces … they were worried that there was such violence. So much screaming and shouting [and] slamming doors. Don’t forget Diana, when she was three months pregnant with him [Prince] William, threw himself down the stairs and landed at the feet of the queen and Princess Margaret. So there [were] many violent episodes. It could have been a lot worse. And [security] afraid not only that someone might commit suicide, that someone might do harm, [but] we might be talking murder. So they tried to keep the weapons away from the royal family.”
Andersen wrote that during the marriage, Charles “sunk into a deep depression” and thought he was “on the verge of a nervous breakdown.” He turned to one of his confidantes, Arnold Goodman, who allegedly said, “I have nothing to live for.” Goodman allegedly felt that Charles was “showing the classic signs of depression.” Charles not only believed that he was trapped in a loveless marriage, but he feared that a divorce, if even the queen allowed it, “would have serious repercussions for his children, the family royal and the monarchy itself.”
According to Andersen, Goodman expressed his concerns to royal protection officers. Ken Wharfe, Diana’s former defense officer, described the atmosphere as “very combustible”. A bodyguard told Andersen that the confrontation between Charles and Diana was “so raw” that “violence seemed inevitable.”
“A particular problem was the sheer firepower contained within the walls of Highgrove,” Andersen wrote. “Guns were scattered around the site – ‘shotguns, rifles, pistols, all of it’ – and the detectives in charge of protecting members of the royal family were very concerned that any of the these being ‘in the heat of anger’. There was also legitimate concern that William and Harry could become collateral damage. To be safe, all guns were locked up.”
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According to the lady of the house, Wendy Berry, she witnessed the “closed doors and the big battles” that were “characteristics of life from day to day.” One of Charles’s boyfriends claimed he saw Diana chasing Charles “down hallways, up stairs, and from room to room.” That’s when she allegedly asked point blank, “Why don’t you sleep with me?” Charles replied sarcastically, “I don’t know, dear, I think I might be gay.”
“He was having an affair with Camilla [Parker Bowles],” Andersen explained. “He wasn’t interested in [Diana] anymore. He shut down emotionally towards Diana. I think Diana has been given a very painful rap because, since her death, no one has been there to defend her against these accusations.
“She became neurotic, developed an eating disorder and all these things because of the behavior of Charles and Camilla,” Andersen claimed. “If Camilla hadn’t really been in the picture, none of that would have happened.”
The trouble between Diana and Charles began long before their so-called fairy tale wedding. It is claimed that Charles, the heir to the British throne, is under pressure to either end his relationship with Lady Diana Spencer or propose. Before the wedding, Diana expressed reservations about walking down the aisle, especially after she discovered a bracelet Charles had made for Camilla, his former flame. The marriage became troubled, and the unhappy couple had extramarital affairs.
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In 1992, Andrew Morton wrote “Diana: Her True Story”, a shocking story about the collapsing marriage. It also detailed Charles’ relationship with Camilla, as well as Diana’s mental health struggles. At the time, it was not confirmed that the princess was collaborating secretly with the British author on the book. The same year, it was announced that the couple were separating.
The divorce was finalized in 1996. A year later, Diana died from injuries sustained in a car accident in Paris at the age of 36.
Andersen said Charles was devastated by Diana’s death. When he received the dreaded call, he allegedly gripped the phone “shaking and shaking.” Then let out “a cry of pain that was so spontaneous and came from the heart.” One witness described it as “a scream of agony” heard down the hall. Palace staff rushed over to Charles’ room and found him “collapsed in an armchair, weeping uncontrollably.”
“Charles is responsible not only for bringing the monarchy to its knees after Diana died, but also for saving her,” explained Andersen. “I don’t think people realize how big her death really was. I interviewed the nurses at the hospital who saw her when she came into the room and saw her body for the first time. And it was looked like he’d been hit in the face. He backed away. They thought he was going to faint. They were surprised to see how emotional Charles was after her death.”
Andersen said the grieving Charles was determined to ensure the mother of his two sons would be honoured.
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“He cut to the chase and made sure the queen gave Diana the right call,” he said.
Andersen noted that it was Charles who convinced his mother to give “the speech of her life” as thousands of mourners gathered outside Buckingham Palace. Following Diana’s death, many criticized the royal family and demanded that the monarchy was doomed.
The queen died on 8 September aged 96. Now, Charles faces the task of preserving a 1,000 year monarchy. He alienated so many people with his messy divorce from the “People’s Princess,” but now, all eyes are on him.
“It has had a lot to do with the path of the monarchy already,” Andersen said. “If [the monarchy] is a success, it will be because of him. And if the monarchy goes down the drain, it will be because of him. We will have to wait and see.”
A spokesman for Buckingham Palace did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment. However, a spokesperson previously told Fox News Digital that “we do not comment on such books.”