15th Mar 2017
The Channel 4 episode followed Lord Mountbatten as he acted as Charles’ kingmaker and matchmaker.
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.
His granddaughter Amanda Knatchbull was the perfect candidate and was the right age. The two of them got on really well.
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
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.”
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 Channel 4 next Wednesday at 9pm.
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