Queen mother`s `utter abhorrence` to Diana`s outbursts
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Last Updated: Thursday, September 17, 2009, 19:00
London: The late Queen Mother reacted with "utter abhorrence" to Princess Diana's decision to "wash the dirty linen in public" by disclosing details of the breakdown of her marriage, according to her official biography.

The book, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother: The Official Biography, which was published today, also describes how she was dismayed by Prince Charles' decision to admit adultery on a television programme.

The royal matriarch, who died in March 2002 aged 101, suffered from colon cancer and had a tumour removed in 1966.

Queen Elizabeth, the widow of king George VI, was "deeply shocked" when it emerged that Princess Diana had collaborated with Andrew Morton on the book Diana: Her True Story, which caused a sensation when it was published 17 years ago.

"It is always a mistake to talk about your marriage," she told Sir Eric Anderson, in a series of previously unpublished interviews, which were made available to the biographer William Shawcross, chosen by Queen Elizabeth II to write an account of her mother's life.

"(Queen Elizabeth) had been sympathetic to both the Princess of Wales and the Duchess of York over the enormous pressures they faced from the media. But the washing of dirty linen in public was utterly abhorrent to Queen Elizabeth," Shawcross notes.

"She also regretted it when Prince Charles discussed his private life in a wide-ranging series of interviews with Jonathan Dimbleby," he said.

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First Published: Thursday, September 17, 2009, 19:00

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