ELIZABETH Bowes-Lyon detested being referred to as the Queen Mother, her official biography reveals.
Queen Elizabeth II’s mother once referred to her title as a “horrible name” when writing to her in a 1953 letter. In the book called, “Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother: The Official Biography” by William Shawcross, the author reveals how Queen Elizabeth was “deeply shocked” when it emerged that Princess Diana had collaborated with a royal biographer for a tell-all book. The Queen Mother said she was “deeply shocked” It came after Diana worked with Andrew Morton on the book “Diana: Her True Story”, which caused a sensation when it was published in 1992.
Her relationship with the Princess of Wales was altogether more complex.
Initially the two enjoyed good relations as the Queen Mother took the young princess, whose own position as an outsider in the Royal Family mirrored hers, under her wing.
Queen Elizabeth, the Queen’s Mother, revealed her thoughts about Prince Charles’ divorce in a series of previously unpublished interviews with Sir Eric Anderson, the former Provost of Eton College, which were made available to the biographer William Shawcross.
She told Mr Anderson, who spent a total of 20 hours interviewing her that “it is always a mistake to talk about your marriage”.
William Shawcross writes in the book: “Queen Elizabeth had been sympathetic to both the Princess of Wales and the Duchess of York over the enormous pressures they faced from the media.
“But the washing of dirty linen in public was utterly abhorrent to Queen Elizabeth.
“Her entire life was based upon obligation, discretion and restraint.
“The Princess’s public rejection of her husband and his life was contrary to everything that Queen Elizabeth believed and practised.
“She also regretted it when Prince Charles discussed his private life in a wide-ranging series of interviews with Jonathan Dimbleby.”