Prince Charles's panic after royal contemplated entire monarchy: 'It could be destroyed!'

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A collection of the prince’s watercolour paintings are set to be displayed next month. They feature some of his favourite places to relax, and will go on show at The Garrison Chapel in Chelsea in The Prince’s Foundation exhibition space. Scottish landscapes will wow enthusiasts, places like the Huna Mill in John O’Groats and Glen Callater near Balmoral, as well as outdoor scenes from Provence in the south of France and Tanzania in East Africa.

Revealing the reason behind the paintings, a small description next to the work tells how Charles finds that the process “refreshes parts of the soul which other activities can’t reach”.

Scotland is known to be one of Charle’s favourite destinations to visit, a place where he can unwind in the stress-free environment of the Highlands.

But it also doubles up as a place where he and his family endured perhaps one of their most stressful and anxious moments in recent history: it was here that they were holidaying when Diana, Princess of Wales, tragically died.

A time of great mourning for both the family and the country, Charles is said to have momentarily considered the existence of the entire monarchy as a result of the death.

Prince Charles: The royal considered the existence of the Royal Family after Diana's death

Prince Charles: The royal considered the existence of the Royal Family after Diana’s death (Image: GETTY)

Royal duties: The future king out and about fulfilling royal duties in December 2021

Royal duties: The future king out and about fulfilling royal duties in December 2021 (Image: GETTY)

Penny Junor, a royal author, in her 2005 book ‘The Firm’, detailed Charles’ immediate response to the tragedy.

Here, she told of how he asked: “‘They’re all going to blame me, aren’t they?’”

She continued: “Initial reports were that she had been badly injured, but was still alive.

“The world’s going to go completely mad, isn’t it?

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Princess Diana: She sadly passed away in a tragic car accident in Pairs, 1997

Princess Diana: She sadly passed away in a tragic car accident in Pairs, 1997 (Image: GETTY)

“We’re going to see a reaction that we’ve never seen before.

“And it could destroy everything. It could destroy the monarchy.”

The royal author went on to reveal how the Prince’s Private Secretary, Stephen Lamport, replied: “Yes, sir, I think it could.

“It’s going to be very difficult for your mother, sir.

“She’s going to have to do things she may not want to do, or feel comfortable doing but if she doesn’t do them, then that’s the end of it.”

Millions around the world mourned Diana’s death.

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Balmoral Castle: The residence is one of Charles's favourites

Balmoral Castle: The residence is one of Charles’s favourites (Image: GETTY)

Balmoral: Charles and Diana pictured at Balmoral on their honeymoon

Balmoral: Charles and Diana pictured at Balmoral on their honeymoon (Image: GETTY)

An estimated 2.5 billion people watched her funeral six days after her car fatally crashed in Paris — a testament to her popularity as a princess, celebrity and mother of a future king.

Ms Junor wrote that while Diana and Charles had already divorced, her death brought him great grief.

She wrote: “Deep down Charles loved Diana – she was the mother of his sons after all – and he was overwhelmed by the tragedy of both her life and death.

“In the weeks and months that followed he did a great deal of grieving for what might have been.

Royal timeline: They were married for 15 years before divorcing in 1996

Royal timeline: They were married for 15 years before divorcing in 1996 (Image: Express Newspapers)

“There had been some moments of happiness in the morass of misery, but he was keenly aware that he had failed to make the happiness last, failed to make her his friend and failed to create the secure, loving home for their children that they both had dreamed of.”

Many have since claimed that Charles carried a great burden following the death.

Matt Robins, a royal commentator, recently told US Weekly in an interview: “I think by the end of Diana’s journey, I see [Charles] as grief-stricken.

“I see him as somebody who carried an enormous burden through her death and her funeral, somebody [who] has to make impossible decisions.”

Prince Harry: The royal thinks it was wrong that he and William walked in the funeral procession

Prince Harry: The royal thinks it was wrong that he and William walked in the funeral procession (Image: GETTY)

Prince Harry and Prince William have since spoken at length about the trauma they faced after the death of their mother.

In 2017, Harry told Newsweek he felt it was wrong that he and his brother were made to walk in Diana’s funeral procession.

He said: “My mother had just died, and I had to walk a long way behind her coffin, surrounded by thousands of people watching me while millions more did on television.

“I don’t think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances.

“I don’t think it would happen today.”



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