Prince Philip told Diana ‘I can’t imagine anyone leaving you for Camilla’

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Prince Philip reportedly told Princess Diana "I can't imagine anyone leaving you for Camilla" as he tried to help save her marriage to Prince Charles.

Philip, who died last Friday aged 99, made a special effort to welcome Diana into the family after she married his son in 1981.

When their marriage started to fall apart, Philip is said to have started writing to his daughter-in-law and became a self-confessed "marriage counsellor".

Former royal butler Paul Burrell even claimed he "did more" to save the faltering marriage than Charles did.

In one letter, the Duke of Edinburgh revealed he was shocked at Charles' relationship with Camilla Parker-Bowles as he criticised the married pair for cheating on each other.

He wrote: "We do not approve of either of you having lovers. Charles was silly to risk everything with Camilla for a man in his position.

"We never dreamed he might feel like leaving you for her.

"I cannot imagine anyone in their right mind leaving you for Camilla. Such a prospect never even entered our heads."

The notes were exchanged between the two royals from June 1992 until Diana and Charles finally split in December of that year, divorcing in 1996.

Charles would go on to marry Camila in 2005.

Philip had reportedly picked up on Diana's concerns about Camila within a year of her marriage to Charles.

In one letter the late royal said: "I am quite ready to concede, I have no talent as a marriage counsellor."

Diana is said to have told pals: "How many other wives would discuss their marital problems with their father-in-law instead of their husband?"

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Two of Diana's friends, Rosa Monckton and Lucia Flecha de Lima, told Gyles Brandreth they would read through the letters with her.

Rosa said the letters "caused excitement and alarm at the same time" when they arrives.

She said: "Something he said might make her cry, something might make her laugh. She very often got the wrong end of the stick, misinterpreting what he meant."

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Lucia added: "We went through each letter so carefully, thinking about what he said, talking about it, explaining it to her."

During the exchanges, Philip raised concerns about her bulimia but he was said to be furious about claims made in royal biographer Andrew Morton's book that the royal family did not care about her unhappiness.

In one letter, he told her that being married to a future King "involved much more than simply being a hero with the British people".

Philip is also said to have gone "ballistic" at Diana over her controversial BBC Panorama interview in 1995 where she said "there were three of us in this marriage".

The Duke of Edinburgh's funeral will take place in Windsor on Saturday afternoon with 30 people attending, in line with current Covid restrictions.

  • Prince Philip
  • Royal Family
  • Prince Charles
  • Princess Diana
  • Camilla Parker Bowles

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