An explosive new book has unleashed a raft of dark secrets that Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have kept hidden for 40 long years, threatening to tear their fragile marriage apart once and for all.
Palace insiders confirm the royal couple are ‘one step closer to divorce’ thanks to the release of a scandalous tell-all by New York Times bestselling author Sally Bedell Smith.
The book blows apart the fairytale myth of Charles’ life – revealing that he felt bullied by his father Prince Philip, forced to marry Princess Diana and dump Camilla for not being ‘virginal’ enough and that he wept tears of sorrow on his wedding night.
It’s put untold strain on the heir’s fractured marriage to Camilla, 69, with Charles ‘mortified’ that his private life and love secrets have been laid bare.
‘Let’s be honest – Camilla and Charles’ marriage has been hanging on by a string for months now,’ a palace aide says. ‘More scandal and more scrutiny is the last thing they need.
‘Camilla is furious that the palace couldn’t shut this down, and that Charles and Diana’s romance is back in the headlines.
‘She feels like she’s always going to play second fiddle to Diana, even though she’s no longer alive and Camilla is the future Queen of England.
‘She thinks they made a mistake getting married and trying to rewrite the history books – and this book proves it.
‘Meanwhile, Charles is sick of it all and just wants out. He’s 68 now and just wants to live in peace – no marriage dramas, no romance secrets.
‘He just wants to be alone, and that’s why he is happy now to walk away from the marriage.’
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