Prince Charles’ Acquaintance Says Princess Diana Was ‘a Little Destroyer’ and Went After the Royals Who ‘Couldn’t Defend Themselves’
An estimated 750 million people in 74 countries around the globe tuned in to watch the royal wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Following that day in 1981, the public thought the two were going to live happily ever after. But their marriage was filled with some things fairy tales don’t have.
Deception and affairs marred their union and when reports of trouble started to emerge, Diana wanted to get her side of what was going on behind the palace walls out to the world.
What Princess Diana did that caused ‘damage’ to the royal family
Prince Charles’ first wife documented what her life was like as a member of Britain’s most famous family through her secretly recorded audiotapes to journalist Andrew Morton.
In 1992, when Diana: Her True Story was released, it was suspected that Diana was the source for the information in the book but it wasn’t until her untimely death in 1997 when Morton confirmed that was the case.
Three years after the princess’ bombshell account of what was going on in her marriage, Diana told her story to the world again in an explosive television interview that sent shockwaves through the monarchy.
Prince Charles’ acquaintance called Diana ‘a little destroyer’
Howard Hodgson, an acquaintance of Prince Charles, said during that interview that the Princess of Wales “largely distorted” the facts which was damaging to the royal family.
“[The Palace] is a bit like the Titanic, slow to turn around and react,” he told The Express. “Diana was like a little destroyer, acting on her own account and, in fact, being in a situation of seeking to probably cause maximum damage to the crown rather than to defend herself. From that point of view it was very hard for [the royals] to defend themselves.”
According to Hodgson, it was so “hard to defend yourself against” Diana’s criticisms because she was “streetwise” and knew how to handle her own PR.
He added: “The archaic palace PR which existed in those days was just absolutely incapable of doing anything like [Diana]. In that case it was game, set, and match.”
Damage is continuing today
The late princess’s relationship with her ex-husband and the royal family is still making headlines today because of the Netflix drama The Crown.
Season 4 rehashed Charles’ affair with his then-mistress Camilla Parker Bowles and Diana’s struggles to fit in, which upset many viewers.
The prince and his current wife received a ton of backlash and hate via social media. This caused them to turn off their comments and proved that more than two decades after her death, Diana’s still able to cause a little damage to the reputation of the family she was once part of.