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King Charles’ former staff members say that Princess Diana fans should still be able to

  • King Charles’ former staff have opened up about the criticism the monarch and Camilla face.
  • The couple have faced public scrutiny since news of their affair leaked in the 1990s. 
  • The former staff say Princess Diana fans should let go of the past and embrace the couple.

King Charles III’s love life has been a subject of public scrutiny since news of his affair with Camilla — now Queen Consort — was first leaked in the 90s. 

As Insider previously reported, an intimate transcript of a 1989 phone call between the then-Prince of Wales and Camilla was released to the press in November 1992, which revealed their relationship. At the time, Charles was still married to Princess Diana. 

Although they wed in 2005, Charles and Camilla still receive criticism for their affair to this day. The love triangle between Charles, Camilla, and Diana was portrayed in season four of “The Crown,” and Clarence House disabled its Twitter replies due to a wave of pro-Diana comments at the time. The show’s fifth season is due to air on November 9, Netflix has confirmed.

Emma Corrin on season four, episode 10 of

Emma Corrin on season four, episode 10 of “The Crown.”


Camilla has faced online harassment by TikTok users since Charles ascended the throne on September 8, Insider previously reported. In the videos, slideshows of Camilla captioned “the new queen” or “his wife” juxtaposed with photos of Diana captioned “the real queen” and “his ex-wife” have been set to contemporary music. The hashtag “Cowmilla” has also been used in videos directing online hate towards Camilla. 

The king’s former staff say that Princess Diana fans should let go of the past and embrace the Queen Consort

“There are always going to be people who love Diana — that’s not going to change,” Grant Harrold, a former butler to King Charles, told Insider. Harrold worked for Charles from 2004 until 2011 and went on to create his own butler and etiquette school after leaving the royal household.

“In reality, how many people in this country have affairs? How many marriages break down?” Harrold said.

“It’s tricky when people judge and point fingers, but I don’t think people should judge others… It’s their private life, things happened whether right or wrong. But it was the right decision for all of them and we have to close the door on it,” he added.

Meanwhile, Darren McGrady, a former royal chef, said Camilla has been a “stability” in Charles’ life for many years. McGrady worked at Buckingham Palace for 11 years before going on to work at Kensington Palace in 1993 until Princess Diana’s death in 1997. He now runs his own catering company, Eating Royally, in Dallas, Texas.

“A lot of the country still adore Diana… you know, if things had gone to plan, we would have Queen Diana right now,” McGrady said. “They didn’t. But he’s been married for 17 years now, and Camilla seems to be that stability in his life.”

The Queen Consort’s facialist, Deborah Mitchell, previously told Insider that the public doesn’t understand how kind she is as a person. 

“I was a real Diana fan until I met the duchess, I really was,” Mitchell told Insider in December 2020.

“I wasn’t expecting that she would be absolutely lovely in real life. She’s a very thoughtful person, she’s very much for women’s rights, and when she does any charity work, she does it because she wants to. Not because she has to, or for the fame. She doesn’t do anything for any other reason than that it’s the right thing to do,” she said. 

Since marrying Charles in 2005, Camilla has become patron or president of more than 90 charities, according to her biography on the royal website. She is passionate about a number of themes including health and well-being, promoting literacy, the arts, animal welfare, and supporting survivors of rape and sexual assault, the website adds.

Buckingham Palace did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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