Life threat for Charles at Diana’s funeral!

Last Updated: Jan 17, 2011, 15:59 PM IST

Spicezee Bureau

Delhi: Here’s another shocking disclosure coming from the Royals which asserts that Prince Charles would have been attacked while attending the funeral of Princess Diana way back in 1997. According to excerpts from Tony Blair’s former spin doctor Alastair Campbell, it has been revealed that the Prince of Wales was considered at risk of attack by a member of the public if he walked behind Princess Diana’s coffin without his sons accompanying him.

Establishing compelling references, Campbell suggested that a life threat to Prince Charles became evident during a conference call on Sept 4 1997 with courtiers for the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh at Balmoral.

In the said call, Sandy Henney, then press secretary to the Prince of Wales, was included, who was sent to Balmoral to advise Prince William that his mother would have wanted him to follow her coffin.

The then Queen’s deputy private secretary, Sir Robin Janvrin was with the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at Balmoral and was also in on the call.

Mr Campbell was at Buckingham Palace with Sir Robert Fellowes, the Queen’s private secretary.

Going by Campbell’s book ‘Power and the People’, the courtiers were divided over whether the Prince of Wales should walk behind the coffin with his two sons.

In the book, it is mentioned - “Robin said if William did not do it then Charles couldn’t ‘for obvious and understandable reasons’. So he was back to proposing cars for the princes but Charles Spencer was against that.

They realised that if William doesn’t go behind the coffin, they have a real problem because Charles would have to go behind the coffin with Charles Spencer. There is no way he can do this without the boys, he said. When I said to Fellowes it was possible to sell the idea of the boys going behind by car if they left from Kensington Palace, he said they were just against cars full stop. He said they had to keep pushing for it.”

From the extracts of Campbell diaries, it is also established Prince William had a “total hatred” of the media after persistent press harassment of his mother.

Well, this might come as a revelation for some but considering the repute of infamous spin doctor Alastair Campbell, you may just want to give it another check.