Would you consider it an honour to be cuckolded by a future king?
In an exclusive interview, famed author Tina Brown dishes on Diana and the surprising appeal of Prince Charles
Macleans.ca staff | Jun 13, 2007 | 17:36:25
In this week's issue of Maclean's, author Tina Brown talks with editor Kenneth Whyte about married women and the Prince of Wales, Diana’s big lie, and Dodi’s fatal error. In this exclusive excerpt, Brown elaborates on Prince Charles' sexual prowess.
Q: I want to start with what was for me the most shocking revelation in your book, The Diana Chronicles , and it’s that you seem to find Prince Charles sexy.
A: Oh, dear! Listen, I simply was trying to say that I could understand why girls would find him sexy, not so much that I personally found him sexy.
Q: Well, what is it?
A: What it is is a combination of terrific grooming, manners, and royal mystique. You know, when you get those three things together it’s a very attractive proposition. He’s a beautifully mannered man, actually, and does attempt to connect, and there is a humour there which is actually very appealing, too. And he’s got very blue eyes, and he has a very good sort of millionaire’s tan and altogether it was—I put it into the past now because he’s nearly 60—but when he was the action-man prince it was an attractive proposal.
Q: He got a lot of action, from what I hear.
A:He got a huge amount of action.
Q: I was surprised at that too, an endless stream of girls, and not only available girls but married women.
A: Yes, he was very big on married women. In fact, Private Eye magazine — the satirical magazine in England — ran a story at that time which said that in White’s club — which was the posh dining club for the aristocracy — he’d been voted “Shit of the Year” for the way he treated women. He was quite a swordsman.
Q: You mention this tendency for British husbands to make way for Charles.
A: Yes, it is extraordinary, isn’t it? It’s incredible that in and amongst the aristocracy it is still a status symbol to have the king-to-be sleeping with your own wife. To be cuckolded is considered something that you’ll take for the sake of England.
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