The fourth episode of The Royal House Of Windsor, the gripping saga of the world’s most famous dynasty features intimate letters from the Prince of Wales and previously unseen family photos of the aristocratic relative earmarked by Charles’ great uncle for him to marry in the late 1970s.
Charles was determined to do the right thing as Prince of Wales and avoid the mistakes of his great uncle King Edward VIII, who abdicated to marry the divorced woman who he loved, and almost brought the House of Windsor to its knees. Another great uncle, Lord Mountbatten – an ambitious man of boundless energy and ego – wants to cement his position at the heart of the House of Windsor by acting as kingmaker to Prince Charles, who calls him his ‘honorary grandpa’.
The programme reveals how Mountbatten arranged a secret meeting in Paris between the exiled King and Charles. But, rather than fearing ‘Uncle David’ as a warning from history, Charles describes how he sees him as an object of sympathy, even affection. And then Charles falls in love with an unsuitable woman, who has had other boyfriends and then marries one of them. Devastated, Charles throws himself into a string of short-lived relationships, before going back to his first love, Camilla Parker Bowles, who’s now the mother of two children.
With Charles risking a catastrophic scandal, Mountbatten steps in with an audacious plan. Never-before-seen holiday snaps lay bare his matchmaking scheme. The would-be bride? Mountbatten’s granddaughter! But she refuses to play ball, and, just when the Prince needs Mountbatten most, his mentor is brutally murdered. Under pressure on all sides, the Prince marries an apparently malleable virgin, Diana Spencer. But by seemingly doing the right thing, Charles unwittingly precipitates the House of Windsor’s greatest catastrophe since the abdication.
Producer and Director: Nick Tanner
Executive Producers: Denys Blakeway, Nick Bullen
Series Producer: Leonie Jameson
Production Company: Spun Gold Television
The Royal House Of Windsor Episode 4 (of 6) airs on Wednesday 15 March 2017 from 9.00pm-10.00pm on Channel 4.