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 were much darker behind closed doors.
Christopher Andersen has written a new book on The eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II noble “The King: The Life of Carlos III”. He spoke to numerous members of the palace, as well as those who knew or worked closely with the former Prince of Wales over the years. His goal was to further investigate the 74-year-old’s “lonely” childhood and military training, as well as various relationship scandals that rocked the House of Windsor.
Andersen alleged to Fox News Digital that the marriage between Charles and Diana became so volatile that royal protection officers were wary of all the weapons scattered around the palace.
“He has a great temper,” Andersen said of the king. “I mean, it’s an amazing temper. The tantrums constantly and throwing a bootjack [at her]. It is a heavy wooden device for putting on hunting boots, and it is made of iron and wood. He threw it at Diana’s head and narrowly missed her.”
It was Charles’s former valet, Ken Stronach, who alleged to Andersen that he was in the room “when Charles, in the midst of an argument with Diana, seized a heavy wooden bootjack and hurled it at her, missing the head of the princess by inches”, as quoted in the book.
“But there are weapons all over the palace,” Anderson alleged. “They love shooting parties. So there are shotguns and pistols for security and rifles [for] security forces…they were concerned that there was so much violence. so much screaming and screaming [and] closed doors. Don’t forget about Diana, when she was three months pregnant [Prince] William, he threw himself down the stairs and landed at the feet of the Queen and Princess Margaret. Therefore, there [were] many violent episodes It could have gotten much worse. Y [security] I was afraid not only that someone might commit suicide, that someone might do harm, [but] We could be talking about murder. So they tried to keep guns away from royalty.”
Andersen wrote that during the marriage, Charles “had sunk into a deep depression” and thought he was “on the verge of a nervous breakdown”. He turned to one of his confidants, Arnold Goodman, and reportedly said, “I have nothing to live for.” Goodman reportedly felt that Charles was “displaying the classic signs of depression”. Charles not only believed that he was trapped in a loveless marriage, but he feared that a divorce, if the queen could grant it, “would have grave repercussions for her children, the royal family and the monarchy itself.”
According to Andersen, Goodman expressed his concern to royal protection officers. ken Pier, Diana’s former protection officer, described the atmosphere as “highly combustible”. A bodyguard told Andersen that the confrontations between Charles and Diana were “so raw” that “violence seemed inevitable”.
“Posing a special problem was the firepower contained within Highgrove’s walls,” Andersen wrote. “Weapons were scattered around the premises – ‘shotguns, rifles, pistols, everything’ – and the detectives charged with protecting members of the royal family were deeply concerned that ‘in the heat of anger’ any of these it could be he used to commit suicide, homicide, or both. There was also a legitimate concern that William and Harry could become collateral damage. Just to be safe, all weapons were locked away.”
According to housekeeper Wendy Berry, she witnessed “the slamming of doors and pitched battles” that were “the hallmarks of everyday life”. One of Charles’s valets alleged that he saw Diana chase Charles “through the halls, up the stairs and from room to room”. That’s when she allegedly asked point-blank, “Why don’t you sleep with me?” Charles sarcastically replied, “I don’t know darling, I think he might be gay.”
“I had an affair with Camilla [Parker Bowles]”Andersen explained. “He wasn’t interested in [Diana] plus. She emotionally shut down towards Diana. I think Diana has gotten a bad review because, since her death, no one has really been there to defend her against these charges.”
“She became neurotic, developed an eating disorder and all these things because of the behavior of Charles and Camilla,” Andersen alleged. “If Camilla hadn’t been in the photo, none of that would have happened.”
The trouble between Diana and Charles started long before their so-called fairy tale wedding. Charles, the heir to the British throne, was allegedly pressured into ending his relationship with then-Lady Diana Spencer or proposing to her. Before the wedding, Diana expressed doubts about walking down the aisle, especially after she discovered a bracelet Charles made for Camilla, her old girlfriend. The marriage turned tumultuous and the unhappy couple had extramarital affairs.
In 1992, Andrew Morton wrote “Diana: Her True Story,” a powerful narrative about the collapse of marriage. He also detailed Charles’ relationship with Camilla, as well as Diana’s mental health issues. At the time, it was not confirmed that the princess was secretly collaborating with the British author on the book. That same year, it was announced that the couple was separating.
The divorce was finalized in 1996. A year later, Diana died from injuries she sustained in a car accident in Paris at age 36.
andersen said Charles was devastated by Diana’s death.. When she received the dreaded call, she allegedly grabbed the “ashen and shaking” phone. She then let out “a cry of pain that was so spontaneous and it came from the heart.” A witness described it as a “howl of anguish” heard down the hall. Palace staff rushed to Charles’ room to find him “collapsed in an armchair, sobbing uncontrollably.”
“Charles is responsible not only for bringing the monarchy to its knees in a moment after Diana’s death, but also for rescuing her,” Andersen explained. “I don’t think people realize how grieved he was by his death. I interviewed the nurses at the hospital who saw him when he walked into the room and saw his body for the first time. And it looked like he had been hit in the face. He staggered back. They thought he was going to faint. They were shocked to see how emotional Charles was after he died.”
Andersen said that a grief-stricken Charles was determined to make sure the mother of his two children was honored.
“He sprang into action and made sure the Queen gave Diana the proper send-off,” she said.
Andersen said 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 royals and insisted that the monarchy was doomed.
the queen passed away on September 8 at the age of 96. Now, Charles is faced with the task of preserving a 1,000-year-old monarchy. He alienated so many people with his messy divorce from the much-loved “People’s Princess,” but now, all eyes are on him.
“It’s already had a lot to do with the trajectory of the monarchy,” Andersen said. “Yes [the monarchy] is a success, it will be thanks to him. And if the monarchy goes down the drain, it will be his fault. We’ll have to wait and see”.
A Buckingham Palace spokesperson 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.”