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Old 07-27-2018, 12:54 AM
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Almost certainly Charlotte would have been married in her father's house in London, as she did when she married Leopold later.

'Charlotte and Leopold' by James Chambers, 'subtitled The True Story of the Original People's Princess', tells the story of Charlotte's love affairs and life. It has a chapter on 'Slender Billy' and the marriage negotiations.

It's pretty clear that Charlotte thought William was courteous and kindly but wasn't physically attracted to him.

For a time, before she set her mind on Leopold and while the Prince Regent still had hopes of William of Orange, Charlotte was exchanging passionate letters with Prince August of Prussia. He, like Leopold, was serving on the continent against Napoleon. However he proved to be a philanderer!

Leopold must have been spectacularly handsome. Most of the ladies at Court thought he was wonderful.
That must be whoever I read about, that she wasn't really that interested in William because she was in love with someone else..
Charlotte was silly and I daresay highly sexed, liked much of her family. Leopold seems to have calmed her down and made her more responsible..
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Old 07-27-2018, 02:08 AM
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Oh, yes he was "Slender Billy" wasn't he? So really as a future King, I am sure he felt he had a right to have her move to the Nehterlands..
Much of the vilification of William in the British press came after Charlotte's death, when she was put on a pedestral for the public. He always behaved gentlemanly though the behavior of the princess was absolutely appaling.

It was mainly her father who wanted her out of the country. As I wrote above, the Dutch dropped the requirement alltogether, though intially they hoped for 'several months per year', which would not be very odd.

The main thing that Willem had against him was that he was selected by the prince-regent. Curiously enough, Willem would later have a simular attitude to new marriage candidates that were suggested by his father.
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The Hereditary Prince of Orange came from a family that Princess Charlotte's mother detested. Charlotte declined to attend every event at which she thought Prince William might be present.
Kind ofa difficiult way to meet and get on with your future husband...
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Kind ofa difficiult way to meet and get on with your future husband...
Exactly. If poor Princess Charlotte did not even want to see Prince William, what would she do on her wedding day?
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