New Book Claims Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl Thought Marriage of Prince Charles and Diana Was ‘Idiotic’

ap8406100373-1-A new book has been released and claims to expose the true feelings former German chancellor Helmut Kohl had regarding various heads of state during his time as the head of Germany from 1982-1998.

Though Mr.Kohl is said to have tried vehemently to halt the book’s publication, it published nevertheless and seems to contain some fascinating insight.

The Daily Mail writes:

The former German chancellor Helmut Kohl branded the marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana ‘idiotic’, an explosive new book has claimed.

The 84-year-old, who led Germany from 1982 to 1998, also added that had Diana become queen immediately, she ‘would have done her bit in bed’.

It has also emerged he described Prince Philip as a ‘blockhead’ and accused former prime minister Margaret Thatcher of falling asleep at meetings.

The claims come in a controversial book by by journalist Heribert Schwan and is based on extensive interviews with the former chancellor.

According to the book, Mr Kohl told Mr Schwan that while Prince Charles was ‘entirely friendly’, he was unimpressed with his marriage to Diana Spencer in 1981.

He said: ‘Her marriage was an absolutely idiotic affair.

‘Had she become queen immediately she would have done her bit in bed, created three princes and her duty to the nation would have been fulfilled. But like this she had to travel around, talk to mayors and so on and then she withered away.’ (Daily Mail)

I don’t think he said anything particularly damning, but I understand a person, especially a public figure, not wanting their personal views remembered ahead of their political career.

Royal Doppelgängers: Kate Middleton and Prince Andrew’s Ex, Koo Stark

Royal Doppelgängers: Kate Middleton and Prince Andrew's Ex, Koo Stark

A few months ago, while reading The Royals, I learned for the first time about Prince Andrew’s ex Koo Stark. They dated for two years, but after her alleged “rowdiness,” Prince Philip ordered that Prince Andrew cut her loose.

Like most people I read about, I’m always quick to google them to put a face with a name. When I googled Koo Stark, I was flabbergasted; she looks so much like Kate Middleton!

I wasn’t too surprised to realize after a bit of searching that I’m not the first person to make this connection. In fact, Koo wrote a piece for the Daily Mail back in 2009, on the topic of being a royal girlfriend… The article was full of comparison shots of the two, which I’ve included below. Royal Doppelgängers: Kate Middleton and Prince Andrew's Ex, Koo Stark Royal Doppelgängers: Kate Middleton and Prince Andrew's Ex, Koo Stark Royal Doppelgängers: Kate Middleton and Prince Andrew's Ex, Koo Stark Royal Doppelgängers: Kate Middleton and Prince Andrew's Ex, Koo Stark

I think she and Kate are almost eerily similar in looks, even now…

Royal Doppelgängers: Kate Middleton and Prince Andrew's Ex, Koo Stark

I’d love to know your take… what do you think?

Former Royal Aide to Prince Philip and Princess Anne Accused of Sexual Assault

Former Royal Aide to Prince Philip and Princess Anne Accused of Sexual Assault

Benjamin Herman, 79 — former aide to Prince Philip and Princess Anne — will face charges next week in court after being accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl back in the early 1970s.

The Telegraph reports:

The Duke of Edinburgh’s former equerry has been charged with sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl.

Benjamin Herman, who went on to become a trusted aide to Princess Anne, will appear in court next week to face three counts of indecent assault and one of attempted indecent assault on the girl in the 1970s, when he was working for Prince Philip.

The ex-marine, 79, told a newspaper reporter he would fight the charges.

Police are believed to have scoured Prince Philip’s official diaries from January 1972 to January 1974, the period when Herman is accused of carrying out the attacks.

Officers have also taken statements from former Buckingham Palace staff, it was reported last night.

Royal Wedding Wednesday: Queen Elizabeth II to the Duke of Edinburgh

Prince Philip and Princess Elizabeth in Love

Prince Philip and Princess Elizabeth in Love

Once upon a time…

A very young Princess Elizabeth, age 13, met her someday prince over a game of croquet. On request of her father, King George VI, a young cadet at the college they were visiting was put in charge of entertaining the young princesses for the day. The 18-year-old cadet, who also happened to be a prince in his own right, is said to have captured the young princess’s love that day, and has kept it ever since.

Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip meet“While everything else in the life of Lilibet was laid out for her, she made the most important decision on her own. ‘She never looked at anyone else…'”(Vanity Fair)

It wasn’t until Christmas of 1943 that the pair would meet again, but since that fateful reunion, the rest, you could say, is history. Princess Elizabeth was (even more) certain that Philip was the one and she promptly displayed a photo of him in her nursery room. He is said to have kept a photo of his “Lilibet” with him in his naval barracks. As the war raged on, in which the Prince fought without protection from any royal patronage (The Daily Beast) they continued their correspondence through letters and occasional visits. Her nanny recalls the princess after the couple had seen the musical Oklahoma! together:

“I also noticed that she began to play her gramophone more than usual, and that her favourite tune was People Will Say We’re In Love, from the musical Oklahoma! — which she’d seen with Philip.

After he started taking her out, Lilibet would often ask the band at the restaurants where they dined to play the number for her.” (Daily Mail)

When Prince Philip proposed to Princess Elizabeth in the late summer of 1946, she is said to have said yes before consenting her parents. He soon after wrote:

“To have been spared in the war and seen victory, to have been given the chance to rest and to re-adjust myself, to have fallen in love completely and unreservedly, makes all one’s personal and even the world’s troubles seem small and petty”. (The Telegraph)

The Engagement

Prince Philip is said to have proposed during a walk with Princess Elizabeth through the Balmoral grounds. It was initially a “secret engagement.” Although it’s reported that many were hesitant of the marriage, especially the King, it was a short engagement. QEII and Prince Philip Fiance The official announcement of the engagement was on July 7, 1946.

The Wedding

Old Wedding Photos of Princess (now Queen) Elizabeth and Prince Philip in 1947 (13) Having suffered the ravages of WWII, the celebration was a welcome, though thought-out event. Winston Churchill described it as “a flash of colour on the hard road we have to travel.” Queen Elizabeth's Wedding Dress Rations were used in creating Princess Elizabeth’s gown, which included a short train, and decorated with 10,000 seed pearls. (Fashion-Era) The wedding was the morning of November 20, 1947 at Westminster Abbey. More than 2000 guests were in attendance with more than 200 million people listening worldwide. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip Wedding Royal Wedding 1946 Wedding of QEII and P. Philip Princess Elizabeth + Prince Philip Wedding Royal Wedding Group Wedding Carriage QEII balcony

And they lived happily ever after…

Then + Now Prince Philip QEII After 60 plus years together, the first British monarch to celebrate a diamond wedding anniversary, as well as Prince Philip being the longest living consort, their love has to be true to make it thus far. And you have to admit, the way he looks at her, and she him, it’s pretty apparent it’s love.

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