Thanks to author Tom Bower and his new blockbuster biography about The Prince of Wales, we recently learned that Charles had attempted to usurp Kate's parents - out of jealousy over his grandchildren's affection for them.
Now, we find out that the Queen had rather harsh words for Prince Charles about the fact that he had maintained his relationship with Camilla during his marriage to Diana.
According to People.com, Her Majesty's usual calm, diplomatic way of expressing herself flew out the window when Charles confronted his mother about welcoming Camilla into the family. This conversation took place in 1997, the summer after he ex-wife's tragic death. Not mincing any words, Her majesty let him have it!
In the new Blockbuster biography, "Rebel Prince: The Power, Passion, and Defiance of Prince Charles," author Tom Bower breaks the silence surrounding the scene that unfolded between the Queen and her firstborn son.
Fueled by liquid courage from "several martinis," she let Charles know, in no uncertain terms, that she would not condone his adultery, nor forgive Camilla for not leaving Charles alone to allow his marriage to recover,” Bower writes in his unauthorized tome about the Heir to the Throne.
Bower claims the Queen even called Camilla “that wicked woman,” and said, “I want nothing to do with her.”
The dressing-down reportedly brought Charles to tears and left him barely able to compose himself when phoning Camilla to let her know what the Queen had said. (I'm hoping he chose different words when relaying the message to Camilla!)
It took eight more years before The Queen would accept Camilla into the family, and that was after her sister Princess Margaret and her mother had passed away, both of whom were even more adamantly opposed to the union.
When the wedding finally took place in 2005, the Church of England weighed in on the fact that their affair had been instrumental in the demise of both of their marriages. Consequently, the couple was not permitted to be married in The Church.
"In the run-up to the ceremony, the Queen didn’t invite Camilla to ceremonies or official dinners and 'even hinted that there was very little special Welsh gold left to make Camilla’s wedding ring,' Bower notes."
It seems, however, that the Queen's attitude toward her daughter-in-law has warmed a bit since the rancorous beginning of the marriage, and the two have been spotted carrying quite cordially on many occasions.
Since Camilla is Charles's wife, when he becomes King she will hold an important role in the Monarchy. Though her official title has not yet been decided, the current Queen's attitude toward the future Queen Consort will go a long way in shaping how the rest of the Commonwealth views her.
And her attitude will determine, in large part, whether or not Camilla is truly accepted as the wife of the King.
To learn more about this awkward encounter between Queen Elizabeth and her son, Prince Charles, watch the video, below.