Death of Lord Mountbatten: did Prince Charles receive a letter after his death?

He was her favorite great-uncle. On August 27, 1979, when the Irish Republican Army demanded the withdrawal of the British presence in Northern Ireland, Lord Mountbatten was killed in an attack on his boat called Shadow V. A 23 kilogram remote control bomb was placed near the engine of the boat by a certain Thomas McMahon (first imprisoned for life and then released due to the Good Friday agreement). A sad event for the monarchy but also, and above all, for Prince Charles, close to his great-uncle. And according to the fourth season of The Crown, available on Netflix since Sunday, November 15, the eldest son of Her Majesty Elizabeth II would have received a letter from the deceased, the latter summoning him to end his relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles for the benefit of a pure and younger woman.

But as Paris Match magazine recently revealed, this is all fiction. The Prince of Wales has not received any such letter from Lord Mountbatten since “the royal family is not putting pressure” on him. It was only thanks to Prince Philip that the heir to the British Crown was finally forced to make up his mind, when the press watched Lady Diana’s every move from her apartment at Earl’s Court. “Diana began to be pursued by the media in the fall of 1980”, recalled writer Hugo Vickers. Alarmed and to protect the young woman, then 19, Her Majesty Elizabeth II’s husband encouraged his eldest son to make a decision in writing. A letter that Prince Charles would not have understood. “Charles interpreted this letter as an ultimatum, which it was not meant to be.”

This pressure to which Prince Charles gave in

So it was for this reason that Prince Charles made a commitment to marry Lady Diana, although still emotionally attached to Camilla Parker Bowles. The rest of the story is well known: married in 1981 to the young princess, he was not faithful to her, thus opting to join his love of youth as soon as the opportunity presented itself. For her part, after having fought against bulimia, Diana Spencer confided with an open heart about the infidelities of her husband and hers in the Panorama program, broadcast on the BBC. Maintains that ulcerated the palate. This time around, the injury to the Crown was too great to ignore. Prince Charles was therefore forced into divorce by Her Majesty Elizabeth II. Request executed.

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