Queen Elizabeth and Lady Diana, William's touching words when his mother was left untitled 'Royal Highness' - Il Fatto Quotidiano

Queen Elizabeth and Lady Diana, William’s touching words when his mother was left untitled ‘Royal Highness’ – Il Fatto Quotidiano

TO Buckingham Palace it is said that when Lady Diana he sensed that the presence of Camilla in his marriage to Charles it would have been a little too cumbersome, had she addressed directly to the Queen Elizabeth asking her what to do. The Sovereign’s response? “I don’t know, Carlo is hopeless“. That, as Diana told some confidants of her, was her only help. What apparently looks like a simple anecdote almost forty years old, instead tells very well the complex relationship (and in some ways never born) that bound the Queen to the People’s Princess. Two characters, two styles, two mindsets too far apart to find a real meeting point. On the one hand, Elizabeth II, who grew up with rigid education, protocols and never complain, never explain (never complain, never give explanations); on the other Lady D., shy, insecure but at the same time able to use the media until she becomes a living icon. Even at the cost of undermining the order that reigned at court for centuries.

The question of the questions, the one that has held the bench for three decades is always the same: what was the relationship between the Queen and Diana? Difficult to say with certainty, easier to rely on reconstructions in which the boundary between true and probable is thinner than ever. Something can be guessed from The Crown, for the rest it is a triumph of details, episodes and above all rumors more or less artfully conveyed by the two “factions”. Of course there is just that the bond was complex, full of ups and downs, with peaks of arctic frost, up to a late recognition of Diana’s personality. “She had been the Queen who identified precisely that young nineteen year old girl back in 1981 the perfect candidate for Carlo. Daughter of the eighth Earl Spencer and Frances Shand, Diana had studied to become a kindergarten teacher, ”she says Lavinia Orefici in the book Elizabeth II from a to z. After all, Carlo was already thirty years old, he flirted with everyone (including Diana’s sister, Sarah) and for the Queen it had become urgent to resolve the wedding issue. Pretty, unripe Diana looks like the perfect bride and in a short time we pass from official engagement to marriage, with the wedding show of 29 July 1981, celebrated in front of 750 million people worldwide (just before the ceremony, it turns out, Lady D tried to escape). Relations between daughter-in-law and mother-in-law are cordial, but the Queen soon begins to look suspiciously at that girl who often gives in to fits of tears and nervousness: she tries to make her feel at ease in the family, takes her to Balmoral for long walks in which tries to make her appreciate the beauty of Scottish nature and the love for horses and dogs but gets the opposite result. The relationship with Carlo is getting colder, pregnancies exacerbate food problems and depression and Diana increasingly feels like a foreign body in court life.

In the meantime, however, the eyes of the media are all on her and her popularity begins to become a problem for the Windsors. In the famous royal tour that Diana and Carlo take in Australia and New Zealand, in 1983, it was calculated that 93% of the photos were taken of her. She that she steals the show even from the Queen, in November 1984, when she is invited to attend the traditional speech for the opening of Parliament. The Sovereign does not like the excessive look and there is the first real break between the two. To sharpen the distance is Diana’s intolerance to protocol and reason of state on the one hand, and on the other the coldness with which Elisabetta responds to her “requests for help”: Camilla Parker Bowles is an increasingly cumbersome presence and when Diana presents herself in tears and unhappy, asking the Sovereign how to deal with “a marriage without love”, she finds herself in front of an impassive woman, grown as she is in rigor and in the perspective of never showing her feelings publicly. To precipitate things are two key passages in Lady Diana’s public life. The famous biography scandal written Andrew Morton (the princess will always deny that she is the “hidden source” but it will later be discovered that she recorded tapes and gave them to the journalist through trusted friends), with revelations about unhappiness, eating disorders, suicide attempts and the unhappy marriage with Carlo. And then the interview with the BBC Panorama program (26 years later the broadcaster admitted that it was extorted from her by deception and publicly apologized), that of the famous “a wedding a little too crowded”, a fatal blow to the image of Charles and therefore of the Crown. For the Queen, who had maniacally wrapped the Royal Family in a bubble of absolute confidentiality to maintain a magical aura around the Monarchy, was the point of no return. “He ordered the divorce which came the following year, and despite the £ 17 million goodwill, it cost Diana the rank of Royal Highness. It is said that William, to console his mother, said to her: ‘As soon as I am king, I will return him to you’ “remembers Orefici in her book.

At that point the distance became even more sidereal and Diana, with one foot out of The Firmsaw his popularity grow even more exponentially by mixing gossip, tears to protocol and humanitarian commitment (already started when he shook hands and hugged an AIDS patient), between campaigns against auti-man mines in Angola and millionaire fundraisers. The final chapter produces yet another twist, which this time features Elizabeth II. Diana died on August 31, 1997 under the bridge of the Almain Paris, while she is in the car with her latest boyfriend, Dodi Al-Fayed: chased by paparazzi, they crash and both die in dramatic conditions. And while the world mourns the “queen of hearts”, Elisabetta stays in Balmoral with Carlo and her two nephews William and Harry: the goal is to protect them, but public opinion does not understand that absolute reserve and asks the Sovereign to expose herself and speak. As the film tells well The Queenwith Helen Mirrenit was then Prime Minister Tony Blair who pressed the Queen to obtain her public intervention, which happened with her return to London on 5 September, when the Queen delivered a speech defined by many as “historic”.

“What I am going to tell you, as a queen and as a grandmother, comes from the heart. First: I want to pay tribute to Diana personally. She was an exceptional and gifted human being. In good times and bad times, he never lost the ability to smile and laugh, nor to inspire others with his warmth and kindness. I admired and respected her for her energy and her commitment to others and in particular for her devotion to her two boys “, she said live from Buckingham Palace, black dress, string of pearls around her neck and fixed gaze. in the room. “This week at Balmoral we stood together in trying to help William and Harry come to terms with the devastating loss that both they and the rest of us have suffered ”. Words that sounded almost like the admission that he had never fully understood Diana. Then the last unexpected gesture, during the state funeral: the coffin of the passing princess, Elizabeth II bowing her head slightly. A tribute and above all a way to renew the relationship with the princess who understood the people better than anyone else.

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