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Old 03-21-2018, 12:56 AM
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It’s pretty much well known that The Queen’s relationship with Camilla started off on very shaky ground. Everything wasn’t smooth sailing from the start. It took time, advise and pressure from Charles and the Mark Borland Campaign, to get The Queen to come around on accepting Camilla’s presence in Charles life publicly.

Now their personal and public relationship is very good footing. The Queen did make knight Camilla Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order. She’s also a member of the Privy Council. Call me crazy, but this tells me, and a lot others, that everything is good between them today.
No you are not crazy, it just seems that since almost all the daytime soaps are now off the air they are determined to turn the BRF into one.

As to the great "snub"? Get real, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II would never, ever, lower herself to embarrass or humiliate anyone in public even if she hated their guts. It's just not who she is.
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Old 03-21-2018, 01:29 AM
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Heavens Osipi what are you thinking. Charles renounce his succession rights? Why on earth should he, unless of course, you believe he whines in strange places with even stranger people, about how long he has had to wait. A reporter once asked the same question to which he replied that since his succession was dependant on his mother's death, he was in no hurry.

Actually, if he wanted out, he would have to become king and then abdicate in favour of his heir. We all really want the death of our Queen, followed by a new king that throws the towel in. I don't think so. This is where UK and Commonwealth citizens differ from US citizens. We have succession, you have an election!
Thanks for pointing this out, Marg. What was missing is that part of my statement in that post was actually quoting Mbruno and not my thoughts. I've fixed it to be right and proper. I'm going to blame this mistake on a lack of caffeine. Yeps.... that's the story and I'm sticking to it.

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No you are not crazy, it just seems that since almost all the daytime soaps are now off the air they are determined to turn the BRF into one.

As to the great "snub"? Get real, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II would never, ever, lower herself to embarrass or humiliate anyone in public even if she hated their guts. It's just not who she is.
Those of us that are familiar with the Queen's diplomatic skills know this to be very true. We have definite proof of the Queen's esteem for Camilla as it was only the Queen's prerogative that named Camilla as a member of her Privy Council and also bestowed the GCVO on her.
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Old 03-21-2018, 10:10 AM
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Here is a compilation of the excerpts from Tom Bower’s unauthorized biography in the Daily Mail, as there have been four as of this date:
None | Search Results | Daily Mail Online | Daily Mail Online

Here are the last two so far:

Tom Bower: The Queen’s Cold War against Camilla | Daily Mail Online

Charles and Camilla’s plot to slur Princess Diana as a hysteric | Daily Mail Online

I continue to think that these deserve thoughtful discussion regarding the impact they may have on public opinion. At no point have I agreed with the articles or shared my opinion about their veracity.

As for the negative comments against Americans (I decline to name or quote the person mainly responsible), I would like to point out that the American population is over five times the size of that of the United Kingdom. I would never suggest that everyone in the UK or even England (and yes, I know the difference) has the same opinion. Suggesting the same for America is ridiculous and does not present your best self/selves.
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Old 03-30-2018, 05:29 AM
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This review of the book is from the Guardian, don’t read the comments but the actual review is pretty good about the issues of the book’s sources and Bower’s methodology.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/20...m-bower-review
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Old 03-30-2018, 05:43 AM
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This review of the book is from the Guardian, dont read the comments but the actual review is pretty good about the issues of the books sources and Bowers methods.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/20...m-bower-review
Well if even the Guardian found this book "highly negative "...
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Old 03-30-2018, 06:22 AM
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I was actually surprised that, in the comments section, the negative comments about Charles and Camilla also often mention Meghan Markle. It looks like that trio is now toxic for the future of the British monarchy.
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Old 03-30-2018, 06:32 AM
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I was actually surprised that, in the comments section, the negative comments about Charles and Camilla also often mention Meghan Markle. It looks like that trio is now toxic for the future of the British monarchy.
Comments sections are rarely reliable as indicators of the opinion of an entire population. Often they attract negative individuals and those who like to stir the pot.
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Old 03-30-2018, 07:53 AM
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A very well balanced review IMO, and confirming my suspicions about the book: It's more entertainment than educational.

I'm actually tempted to read to book for it appears to a very amusing read - from a foreign/detached point of view. And I freely admit I would hate it if it was a book about my own royal family.
However, there is no way in this world I would be willing to pay a single penny for this book.

I can't say and I won't be the judge as to whether Tom Bower's description of Charles is in general terms fairly correct.
Even if Charles is all this, the hallmark of a true biography is balance. - Even the most selfish, egocentric, socially inept and spoiled person, as Charles is described as, has good sides.
A biography cannot be anywhere near adequate if it doesn't touch the good as well as the bad sides of a person - and it can't be interesting either IMO.
Hence this book is about as entertaining as reading a Donald Duck book but no more than that.
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Old 03-30-2018, 08:04 AM
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I most probably will read this book, as you said Muhler, for the entertainment value of it. I do tend to gravitate towards getting every and all biographies that come out on the British royal family. Luckily, I have a source where I get these books for about the price of a Starbuck's coffee or cheaper so its not a huge investment buying the book.

What I like about Charles actually is his idiosyncrasies and his quirkiness that makes him totally unique unto himself. He's not a "sheeple" that follows everybody else but has a active mind and thinks for himself. Who else do we know of that hangs onto and wears shoes that are over 40 years old?
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Old 03-30-2018, 08:43 AM
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Princess Anne?
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Old 03-30-2018, 08:45 AM
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Princess Anne?
LOL! Thanks for the laugh!
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Old 03-30-2018, 08:47 AM
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Princess Anne?
Oh good one! I swear she still recycles from the 70s.
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Old 03-30-2018, 10:38 AM
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I was actually surprised that, in the comments section, the negative comments about Charles and Camilla also often mention Meghan Markle. It looks like that trio is now toxic for the future of the British monarchy.
Well, there are toxic posts about all 3. And toxic posts are ubiquitous in comment sections these days.
The trio themselves are not toxic.
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Old 03-31-2018, 09:58 PM
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Hey guys, if you don’t fancy slogging your way through 200 pages of Mr Bower’s muckraking investigative journalism, John Crace has helpfully condensed it down into a handy 1000 words. Enjoy!

https://www.theguardian.com/books/20...-digested-read
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Old 03-31-2018, 10:20 PM
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Thanks! I really needed a good laugh and that article did the trick.
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Old 04-01-2018, 08:52 AM
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Oh OK, now I get it. At first when I read this I this I didn't get it; was e mocking Charles or the book? But now I understand what's going on. I did laugh at the idea of him summoning his gardeners.
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Ah ah ah good one !
Sure some on this forum will take it literally though
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Old 04-01-2018, 05:56 PM
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CRAIG BROWN: Prince Charles gets lambasted by biographer Tom Bower | Daily Mail Online

This ones from the Daily Mail, and is actually pretty good.
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Old 04-01-2018, 06:09 PM
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I was actually surprised that, in the comments section, the negative comments about Charles and Camilla also often mention Meghan Markle. It looks like that trio is now toxic for the future of the British monarchy.
I guess they really don't like divorcees. Soon they'll incorporate Andrew and Sarah and make it a quintet.
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CRAIG BROWN: Prince Charles gets lambasted by biographer Tom Bower | Daily Mail Online

This ones from the Daily Mail, and is actually pretty good.
Showing again, if needed, the utter hypocrisy of the Daily Mail : presenting some phony stories as facts for the clickbait then bashing the very same stories, calling them "pure comedy".
I wish the BRF could sue more often sometimes ...
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