By John Brindley - Staff Author
AS those with open minds already know, the gates of Buckingham Palace are clouded with smoke and mirrors.
We know virtually nothing of any real importance about the Royal Family – what makes them tick, seeking to achieve, views on everyday issues that affect our lives. Most couldn’t tell you their original name.
Instead official Royal correspondents and semi-official Royal PR staff from the BBC and other mainstream media constantly distract us with the fairy tale that they are special, role models, pillars of the community blah, blah, blah.
For months they have focused the spotlight on Harry and Meghan, first on their frankly very odd wedding and then with almost indecent haste to the Royal birth – the latter with the excitement we normally reserve for one of our own.
But what have they been hiding? Will a far more interesting story emerge in the next few months?
American media has been reporting for months cracks in the supposedly rock-solid marriage of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles.
Some have gone much further and stated that the couple have decided to divorce.
The undisputable facts are that Camilla, usually at her husband’s side, was missing for the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank in October – a prior engagement, the PR team said – and again for their customary religious observances at Christmas – a bit of a cold, you know.
All that does not add up to conclusive evidence of a break up although the sources claim it has gone as far as legal paperwork.
Whatever the truth, we will be the very last to know, courtesy of a media only interested in good news for a change.
Going back to the Charles and Diana debacle, the official announcement of their split was on August 28 1996 whilst some commentators believe they weren’t an item when Harry was born in September 1984. So how did that Royal come into the world? That’s stretching smoke and mirrors to its very extreme.
And the fact it’s being reported abroad shouldn’t discredit it either.
The most controversial Royal relationship of all King Edward VII and twice-married American temptress and Nazi sympathiser Wallis Simpson wasn’t reported on these shores for at least a year – even though it was making the front pages thousands of miles away. Must have been more important things to report on such as what the King was wearing at Ascot.
So I’d say let’s keep an open mind for what happens next in this murderous soap opera and remember that much of what we have been told about Charles and Camilla in the past has been, to put it mildly, a distant version of the truth.
They were devoted to and smitten with each other from the day they first met, said the broadcasters through rose tinted spectacles.
But that didn’t stop Camilla quickly getting married to her on-off ex Andrew Parker Bowles soon after they first parted. That’s the same Andrew who also had an affair with Princess Anne, Charles’ sister.
Charles, for his part, continued his mission to bed as many women as possible until Prince Philip wrote to his son – that’s the way all good parents with heart communicate, didn’t you know? – that he ought to set a date with his second girl from the Spencer family.
Almost everyone believes Diana expected Charles to wed Camilla in her infamous letter predicting with uncanny accuracy she’d be killed in a car accident.
No, she didn’t. She claimed instead Camilla could also be in danger as Charles wanted to marry his nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke instead. Nothing like mixing business with pleasure…
The Royal protection team nipped that one in the bud too. Oh and that alleged abortion was also a figment of Diana’s fertile imagination. Nothing to worry about, ladies and gentlemen, moving swiftly on.
But the fairy tale has ended happily after that, hasn’t it?
Charles and Camilla married in a civil ceremony in April 2005 and even the ice Queen herself said a few civil words about the woman she reportedly can’t stand at the after-show party.
More recently, Camilla was so attentive and supportive at carefully stage managed reporting of Charles’ 70th birthday last year.
But let’s not confuse Royal PR with reality.
Have the happy couple truly mended their philandering ways? Let’s not forget, too, the considerable burdens of not knowing for certain whether Charles will ever fulfil what he has always believed to be his destiny and the knowledge they share of what really happened to Diana.
I can’t believe it will all end as grimly as divorce. The stiff upper lip that has allowed The Queen and Philip to endure over seven decades is a powerful tool for Charles and Camilla to cling to.
But should Charles and Camilla be at each other’s throats, most admirers will not be able to tell the obvious.
Philip himself lives separately from his wife at Sandringham yet I’ve not seen any media coverage other than to say how wonderful it is that The Queen occasionally visits.
Faced with a stark choice of belief between the fairy tale and grim reality, the majority will always choose the former.
But that doesn’t make the fairy tale any more true….
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