Prince Charles almost died at Princess Diana’s funeral? The 67-year-old royal feared he would be assassinated at Diana’s funeral because he had become hated by the public and believed to be the cause of the death of the People’s Princess.
Charles was “public enemy number one,” it has been claimed. Royal biographer Ingrid Seward was speaking at the Henley Literary Festival on Monday. “Prince Charles was extremely nervous because he was public enemy number one,” she said during the program, Daily Mail reports.
Charles and his sons Princes William and Harry, then aged just 15 and 12, walked through the streets of London as Diana’s body was taken to Westminster Abbey. Seward said Charles was “fatalistic.”
“He thought, if someone takes a gun out and shoots me, that’s it,” said Seward. She added that the streets of London were very quiet and there was a pin drop silence.
Prince Charles felt that the crowd was looking at him and was being nasty. They were also saying something to him, the heir apparent felt.
“The whole way round he could hear this abuse and he didn’t think he would make it the whole way round,” said Ingrid Seward. The funeral procession of Diana was on Sep.6, 1997. The princess died in a car crash in Paris.
Pictures from Diana’s funeral show a pensive Prince Charles walk with his sons Princes William and Harry. The royal trio walked behind the gun carriage which carried the Di’s body to Westminster Abbey, Mirror reports.
Emotions were so high among the public after Dian’s death that Charles was blamed for the breakdown of his marriage. The public also thought that the prince was having an affair with his now wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.
Meanwhile, Dickie Arbiter, the queen’s former press officer revealed that Queen Elizabeth was “anxious” when she came to greet mourners outside Buckingham Palace after Princess Diana’s fatal car crash. The British monarch faced criticism for remaining in Scotland for too long instead of returning to London.
Arbiter also accused Earl of Spencer of hypocrisy following his sister Diana’s death. When Diana asked her brother for a cottage in his estate, he refused, but the same person was hypocritical and spoke about blood relatives and his adoring sister.