Here are some photos of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall at Royal Ascot Day 2. I haven’t seen Camilla’s dress identified but I suspect that it’s Bruce Oldfield, the same designer she wore to Day 1. Once again, she had a mask made to match her coatdress – this time the mask and dress were the same creamy off-white with pearls. I don’t know, I usually think Camilla looks fine. She always looks very blousy and comfortable, like she’s about to open the second bottle of wine. Charles once again looked impeccable in his three-piece suit. There were other royals in attendance, namely the Earl and Countess of Wessex and Princess Anne, the Princess Royal. She watched some of the races side-by-wise with… Andrew Parker Bowles, Camilla’s ex-husband. Anne and Andrew dated back in the day. He was quite a catch back then. I wonder how Camilla feels about Anne stepping out (as “friends”) with Andrew now?
As for how Charles feels about the proverbial elephant in the room, namely his younger son, his daughter-in-law and his two youngest grandchildren all living in California, we’ve heard various comments about Charles’ feelings over the past six months or so. Either Charles is full of rage, or he’s not. Either he’s conciliatory or he’s not. Either Charles is hyper-sensitive or he’s not. Mostly, I find it interesting to watch and see when Charles is excluded from royal commentary, because the gaps are more telling than the commentators’ spin. Us Weekly continues to quote from Princess Diana’s “friend” Stewart Pearce about all of this. Take this however you want:
Princess Diana‘s friend Stewart Pearce wrote the new book Diana, The Voice of Change, out now, and the author gave some insight into the people who surrounded Diana before her death in 1997. Pearce told Us exclusively that his comments are “just simply categoric observations about how perhaps [some royals’] behavior [were] not always as emotionally intelligent as it could be.”
He continued by calling out Diana’s ex-husband, Charles, 72. “For example, Prince Charles is a very, very shy man, a very sensitive and delicate man, but we see his public personality, but in private, he’s immensely sensitive,” Pearce explained. The voice coach noted that “when we’re sensitive, if we’re dealing with very strong, combustible emotion on the outside of us,” people tend to go with a fight or flight response. When Diana accused Charles of having an affair with Duchess Camilla, his response was clear.
“So, what he did was to shrink back and as a result of that became an aloof,” Pearce said. “Well, that doesn’t heal the challenge that’s taking place.”
The expert, whose father worked for the late Prince Philip, explained that Charles’ personality rings true in all of 36-year-old Harry’s recent public statements about the royal family, including when he revealed his father hadn’t spoken to him in a while. “That’s what Charles does. … He can’t deal with it because of his sensitivity, so he hides,” Pearce said. “And what Harry’s trying to do is to heal that. Not out of umbrage, not out of anger or revenge or criticism or accusation. … I felt that he was just somebody saying, ‘This is the way that it is, and this is why we want to make change.’”
I think Charles is “sensitive” when it comes to himself. He’s very droopy-dog, Eeyore-faced “how could this all happen to me,” but then he doesn’t show the same sensitivity to other people, like his late ex-wife or his sons. William shares the same self-absorption, only William’s narcissism seems almost pathological at this point. Besides, I genuinely wonder if Harry and Charles are even technically “speaking” right now. I still say that if they are communicating, it’s through letters or emails.
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