The Royal House of Windsor

15th Mar 2017

The Royal House of Windsor: The woman who TURNED DOWN  23.15pm

The Channel 4 episode followed Lord Mountbatten as he acted as Charles’ kingmaker and matchmaker.

In a photo album filmed for the first time on television, the woman who turned down Charles’ marriage proposal was revealed.

The University of Southampton’s special collections archive now houses Mountbatten’s private family photograph albums. 

Channel 4 said: “But one special album, never before filmed for television revealed Mountbatten’s choice for the future queen of England. His own granddaughter.

The Royal House of Windsor: The woman who TURNED DOWN Prince Charles’ proposal REVEALED

His granddaughter Amanda Knatchbull was the perfect candidate and was the right age. The two of them got on really well.

The Royal House of Windsor

“His granddaughter Amanda Knatchbull was the perfect candidate and was the right age. The two of them got on really well. Amanda was Charles’ cousin. These intimate photos taken on the Caribbean island of Eleuthera in 1977. For years, Mountbatten was secretly lining Amanda up as a future queen.” 

One royal commentator admitted: “He was manoeuvring the prince away from Camilla, saying ‘If you carry on with her, you’re going to end up like David! People will hate you and your reputation will just disappear. So why don’t you give her up and go for my granddaughter?’. 

In the summer of 1979, Charles and Amanda were due to holiday together, the programme explained.

Prince Charles in Mountbatten's photo album

 

Prince Charles in Mountbatten’s photo album

The voiceover continued: “Amanda gets on the Royal Yacht Britannia and they sail off to the Western Isles. During that period Charles turns to her and says, ‘Will you be my wife?’ and she says no.”

Prince Charles in pictures Fri, Dec 16, 2016   PLAY SLIDE SHOW  
“Charles had tried to do his duty and follow the advice of his mentor. It seemed the crisis over his future could’t get any worse.”

The revelation comes after last week’s episode revealed how Prince Philip was the Windsors’ most radical moderniser, and how in the 1960s he harnessed the medium of television to revamp the royals’ public image

Next week’s continuation will examine the huge challenge that Diana’s popularity and tragic death posed to the royal family.

The Royal House of Windsor continues on next Wednesday at 9pm.

http://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/779772/Prince-Charles-Amanda-KnatchbullThe-Royal-House-of-Windsor-Diana-Camilla-Mountbatten-C4   https://archive.is/LzoPn


Ex-fiancee of Prince Charles’ godson who was once in line to inherit Daily Mail-1 Mar 2017

Who is Patricia Knatchbull?  Royal Central (blog)12 Feb 2017

 

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