A new biography of the Queen reveals for the first time her despair over the divorce of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, and the Monarch’s fears that her eldest son was about to ‘throw everything away’. In "Elizabeth The Queen," by Sally Bedell Smith, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, recalls the moment that the Queen finally confronted the problems in her son’s marriage. He reveals she was terrified that history was about to repeat itself – that Prince Charles would give up his place in the line of succession for Camilla, just as King Edward VIII gave up the throne in 1936 to marry his mistress, Wallis Simpson.

Lord Carey says: "There was a moment when we were talking very candidly about divorce. I remember her sighing and saying, 'History is repeating itself.' I saw despair. What she was talking about was the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. She was concerned that if they divorced, Charles would marry Camilla. She thought Charles was in danger of throwing everything out of the window by rejecting Diana and forging another relationship."

But Lord Carey advised the Queen that Prince Charles’s relationship with his wife was beyond repair. He says: "The personalities were so different. The Queen understood that. She could offer support and put them into her prayers."

COMMENT: Erm? Isn't there something about priests and confidentiality. Heck, surely it's required of any professional, especially those in caring occupations.



  1. Yes, indeed. That’s quite shocking, really. (Carey’s behavior, I mean.)

    He was here in Tulsa some years ago, as I may have told you. I was disgusted with some of what he had to say and ended up leaving the room because I didn’t trust myself not to confront him in the Q & A period.

  2. No, evidently there isn’t… I ran up against that same problem this fall when I had a conversation with a local pastor who then evidently reported my conversation to the problem person in the congregation who then came to me claiming defamation of character. All I had said was that he had sat in my office and told me to my face (with witnesses) that I was a ‘false prophet preaching peace.’ Fie.

  3. From the day of his birth, Carey has ben a massively inept bungler, and he just doesn’t have the brainpower to see what a fool he makes himself out to be.

    I am reminded of the words of an old priest friend: “Archbishops are a bad lot. They tend to knock over more with their rear ends than they can pick up with both hands.”

  4. I’ve always felt that in retirement it is incumbent upon one’s self to get an allotment and keep one’s gob shut!

  5. Wot “Sir” Said.

    Watching “The Tudors” these day, can’t help but think of the *hot-spot* Carey would have got himself into, vis-a-vis his Sovereign! ;-X

  6. It’s a good thing the Divine Right of Kings went out the window some time ago, or the retired Archbishop of Canterbury would likely be in considerable trouble.

  7. Come on, Father MadPriest!
    Gallivanting around the Communion isn’t cheap, and retired pillars of doctrinal orthodoxy have to make a quick quid whenever and wherever they can. And given there aren’t many options for an ex-prelate of Carey’s intellectual capabilities, it’s hardly surprising His Grace seized the chance to profit from a quick kiss ‘n’ tell.
    In my case, when the time comes for me to retire (about 47 years from now), I fully intend to do the same. Although in my case faithful readers should then look for my anecdotes on the World Net Daily and in those magazines sold at truck stops in a plastic wrapper. As well as any of Rupert Murdoch’s fine publications.