Diana's Strong Dislike For Camilla Represented In Surprisingly Mean Nickname She Gave To Her Husband's Mistress
The love for Princess Diana will forever be in the hearts of people. Although she is not physically present, her sacrifices will continually live on. More importantly, the tough situation she endured in her marriage makes her place special in the royal household. Not every ordinary person goes through the same and remains strong, talk less a royal who attracts so much attention.
Diana had a twofold challenge, the private and the public; still, she refused to back down. Something else that endeared hearts to the hearts of people was the love she had for her two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry. All of this made her earn the title of the People's Princess. Everyone loved Princess Diana!
This sentiment, however, has never been accorded the current Duchess of Cornwall. Camilla Parker Bowles has always been viewed as the woman who destroyed Diana and Prince Charles' marriage. While so many people disapprove of the Duchess, their dislike cannot surely amount to that of Diana's. And this led to her creating a cruel moniker for her husband's mistress. After all, she was the subject of the affair that wrecked her marriage.
THE ROYAL WEDDING OF DIANA AND CHARLES
Royal weddings are known to be huge deals. Before all the fuss surrounding Prince William and Prince Harry's weddings, their parents' marriage ceremony was the major thing. Charles and Diana got married in 1981 in an elaborate ceremony that gained a lot of attention for that time. It was a huge event, and millions of people streamed it live.
The reason for such hype, asides from the fact that it was a royal wedding, was the new hope it meant. The desire for the future King and Queen of England. The world was ready to take the ride on this new journey with them - or at least the world thought so.
Diana's marriage looked like the ideal one for the first few years as they welcomed their beautiful baby boys, William, and Harry in 1982 and 1984, respectively. William and Harry were Diana's joy, and it made the world even love her more.
HOW PRINCE CHARLES AND CAMILLA MET
Prince Charles and Camilla met through Lucia Santa Cruz. She was the daughter of the then-Chilean ambassador to Britain. Lucia met Charles when he was still studying at Trinity College, Cambridge. It has been widely speculated that Lucia was the Prince's lover. However, Lucia would later play a significant role in Charles's life as she introduced him to Camilla.
In 1971, Lucia began staying on the first floor of Stack House, in Every Street, Belgravia after her parents moved back to Chile. On the floor below Lucia's flat, Camilla was living together with her friend, Hon. Virginia Carrington. Lucia and Camilla later became good friends and decided to hook her up. It was reported that she told Prince Charles that she had ‘just the girl’ for him. She depicted Camilla as being a person of ‘enormous sympathy, warmth, and natural character.’
Charles had been away in Japan, where he had gotten a little box as a present for Lucia since he knew he would be visiting. However, the instant he was knew he’d be meeting another person, and he made sure he got a gift for her too. How charming! Prince Charles and Camilla met one evening in 1971 inside Lucia's apartment. It was disclosed that as Lucia introduced both of them, she jokingly added:
“Now, you two, be very careful, you’ve got genetic antecedents. Careful, CAREFUL!”
Both the Prince and Camilla knew what she meant. Apparently, she was referring to Camilla’s great-grandmother, Alice Keppel, who was a mistress of Charles's great-grandfather, Edward VII for a long time.
Surprisingly, Alice’s daughter, Sonia— Camilla’s grandmother— is theorized to be the daughter of the King. This implies that Prince Charles and Camilla could be related. Prince Charles instantly liked Camilla, and she enjoyed his company too. After their first meeting, they decided to see each other more often. However, it wasn't a very good period for the 22-year old apparent heir to the British throne. He was involved in rigorous military training and occupied with other intense mandatory activities.
As the years went by, Charles and Camilla married different people. For some time their relationship was entirely platonic. Prince Charles also became Camilla and Andrew's, Camilla's husband, first child godfather. Times when Charles was away from Camilla, they'd both speak on the phone for hours while talking about everything or exchange long letters. Later on, the Prince and Camilla’ relationship took a turn, and they became lovers.
THE EVER PRESENT AFFAIR
With the Prince being under constant intense scrutiny, rumors began spreading about the two being together. It was reported that members of the royal family called him to order, and warned him of the consequences. However, Prince Charles had become too involved with Camilla even though he was married to Princess Diana, and wasn't ready to let go this time around.
Diana's marriage was complicated as the union was plagued by an affair. It finally became too much for the Princess to handle, and she decided to end it. In 1992, she divorced Charles, and this shook the world. The public didn't know about the cheating scandal that rocked their marriage until a year after their split.
THE NICKNAME DIANA GAVE TO CAMILLA
Princess Diana is the typical example of a royal with class and grace. You can hardly see her giving a harsh retort or comment. However, there was an occasion where her disapproval of Camilla was made evident. Only a few people would have been able to keep their resentment at this point, so it's impossible to blame her. It would be recalled that in her interview with BBC's Martin Bashir she mentioned that her marriage was a little crowded as there were three of them in it. There was another point where she admitted to confronting Camilla and telling her to quit treating her like she was an 'idiot.'
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It cannot be denied that the princess experienced a lot of hurt in her marriage. But through all the pain, Diana developed mechanisms for coping with this hurt. One of which was creating a special nickname for her ex-husband's lover. A friend that was quite close to the princess mentioned that Diana used to call Camilla' rottweiler'. This sounds strange and funny, but it had quite a deep meaning. The name stood for two things about Camilla Parker. First, it was a representation of her physical attributes.
According to Diana's friend, the princess told her Camilla looked like a dog. The second was more figurative. Diana thought it a fitting name because once Camilla had her teeth in a thing, she never let it go, just like the nature of a dog. To Diana, Camila had her teeth on Charles, and she never let him go even though both of them were married to different people.
Prince Charles is now happily married to Camilla, but that didn't come without the expense of Princess Diana. She endured a lot of hurt in the relationship, so it wasn't unreasonable that she lashed out at Camilla with a cruel name. What other way would she have found comfort?
Unfortunately, Princess Diana didn't live long enough to find love in the arms of her another man. Nevertheless, the legacy she left behind would forever be cherished. Her passion, strength, and kindness made the world a better place. What do you think of Camilla's cruel nickname? Do you think the Duchess of Cornwall was aware of her moniker? How do you think she would have reacted? Let us know your thoughts!