Lady Pamela Hicks — first cousin to Prince Philip and a member of Queen Elizabeth II's 1947 bridal party — forgets the first rule of PR in the new Vanity Fair and speaks ill of the dead while promoting her new memoir in the new edition of Vanity Fair.
And not just any dead; Princess Diana.
“She had enormous charisma, she was beautiful, she was very good at empathy with the general crowd … and she had no feeling at all for her husband or his family. Quite the reverse!" she says of Diana.
“She was really spiteful, really unkind to him—and, my God, he’s a man who needs support and encouragement. [The marriage] absolutely destroyed him. He looked grey and ghost-like. Now of course he’s blossomed again.
“She made everybody believe she’d been thrown to the wolves. Such nonsense! She was given the Queen’s favorite lady-in-waiting, Sue Hussey, to help her, to teach her. But she didn’t want to be told anything. ‘That’s boring, Sue,’ she’d say. Instead, she wanted to listen to her music and go disco-ing or to some jive concert.
"She didn’t try. She had no need to try because she saw the people admired her, then they admired her more. She reckoned she was the star."