A new biography set to be released in conjunction with Prince Charles’ upcoming 70th birthday includes more than a few bombshells about the first in line for the throne. Royal reporter Robert Jobson followed the prince for 18 months, during which time he reportedly learned of tension between Charles and his sons, the prince’s real political beliefs, and his depression over his marriage to Diana. According to Jobson, Charles was ready to back out of the relationship before the wedding but felt the repercussions of ending the engagement would have been ‘cataclysmic.’ That’s not a word you want to use before embarking on a marriage.
In the upcoming Charles At Seventy: Thoughts, Hopes And Dreams, Dobson describes the early signs that Charles and Diana were a poor match. While Diana liked the idea of being ‘swept off her feet’ by a prince and Charles found the 19-year-old attractive, the pair had little in common. Diana’s own biography reveals that the young couple only met a dozen times before getting engaged, with the engagement spurred by Charles’ attempt to provide some security for Diana, who was being hounded by the press. As we now know, the press only followed Diana even more once the couple were engaged, but at that point Charles felt he couldn’t back out.
According to Jobson, as he reports in The Daily Mail, Charles has confided in friends over the years since his divorce from Diana. “Things were very different in those days,” the Prince reportedly said. “The power and influence of the media driving matters towards an engagement and wedding were unstoppable. To have withdrawn, as you can no doubt imagine, would have been cataclysmic. Hence I was permanently between the devil and the deep blue sea.”
Jobson writes that Charles quickly found that he and Diana did not connect on a personal level. “During the weeks leading up to the wedding, he told friends, he would try to talk to her about his work commitments and what kind of day he’d just had — and Diana would stare back at him blankly,” writes Jobson, who also says that Diana had mood swings and temper tantrums that Charles was unequipped to deal with. Or, she was a teenager about to marry a 32-year-old man in front of the whole world. But that’s just our two cents.
From an outsider’s perspective it may seem easy to say that both Diana and Charles could have easily called off the engagement, but let’s not forget the worldwide fanfare that surrounded the May wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and that was with Harry being much further down the line of succession than his father.
The new book also reveals tension between Charles and sons William and Harry, who failed to mention their father in the 2017 documentary honouring the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death. Jobson claims that Charles was upset that his sons didn’t give him any credit for raising them: “The Prince, of course, was fully aware he was never going to win the never-ending PR fight against his now iconic dead wife. But what did upset him was his sons’ decision to write him completely out of their history.”
Jobson’s book also discusses Charles’ thoughts on politics and his work, but let’s be real – we’re here for the family stuff.
Charles At Seventy: Thoughts, Hopes And Dreams will be released on November 1.