Camilla’s anger was uncontrolled during an incident with Prince Charles in 1999. Tom Bower wrote this in his explosive biography on the Prince of Wales.
The 2018 biography suggests that the Duchess of Cornwall chose September 22, 1999, as her day to lay down the law to Prince Charles from her suite in New York’s Carlyle Hotel.
Two years after Princess Diana’s death, Mr Bower claimed in his book ‘Rebel Prince’ that Camilla told Charles: “I won’t stop it. It’s my life and it’s the right thing to do”. Charles was fretting in his study at Highgrove as he had just passed on the news that Nicholas Soames, Winston Churchill’s grandson, had been “protesting” about her official visit to the US.
The biography suggests that Mr Soames previously blasted Charles.
He argued that there was too much publicity surrounding Camilla for a royal tour to go ahead. Mark Bolland, Charles’ then assistant private secretary was the orchestrator of how Charles and Camilla appeared to the world. However, as the book reveals, Mr Bolland was stood inside the New York suite when he witnessed Camilla’s Parker’s outburst.
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According to some reports, Duchess Camilla’s proposed US trip itinerary was hectic. This was Charles’ gamble to defy Palace’s demand. The demand was that Camilla remains unseen and instead propel her into the spotlight. At the time, Camilla was determined to emerge from the shadow of her predecessor’s ‘glorious conquering’ of the US in 1985.
Previous royal visits had garnered considerable attention.
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The frenzy that ensued when Prince Charles and Princess Diana arrived in Washington in 1985 for a White House gala was on a different scale entirely. The Princess of Wales danced with former US President, Ronald Reagan and, more famously, with Hollywood actor, John Travolta.
Mr Bolland’s sole purpose was to reverse the Duchess of Cornwall’s image as his privileged, fox-hunting mistress. Hence, making her her acceptable to the British public and able to overcome Her Majesty’s apparent hostility towards her. However, as the years went by, Camilla would snap to Charles and ask: “Why can’t I meet your mother”?
Mr Bower claimed that she would ask: “You’re off to the theatre with friends, so why can’t I come”? It is claimed in the book that Mr Bolland’s PR tactics had to hit a new level. That was because, according to Mr Bower, “Queen Elizabeth was unmovable”.