'In The Crown , Camilla takes the newly engaged Diana to lunch at a restaurant called Ménage à Trois. Assuming both parties are well-bred ladies with no axe to grind, what could be more sensible than a good-natured husband debrief?' Read more:
If you want to get the full, unvarnished lowdown on a new partner, there’s nobody better to ask than their ex, as witnessed in The Crown
If you want to know what makes a man tick – his fads, foibles, pet hates, worst habits and so forth – then take some time to get to know him. Ideally go out on a boat together in high seas, or trek up a mountain on a hot day. Failing that, ask an expert, and who better to give you the full unvarnished picture than the ex?
The fictional Camilla List was, naturally, packed with observations about how to pacify the future king (don’t give him lunch, or garlic) for the benefit of someone who had spent barely any time with him. But the Camilla List could easily be adapted for civilians who are more concerned with what they’re getting into. It might go something like this:
Diet: It helps to know if your intended is a regular faster, a secret drinker, ‘allergic’ to tequila, and so on. However these days the big one is does he cook and, if yes, how does he feel about cooking? You want a bit of a Jamie, not a full-blown Marcus Wareing. What you really want is some cooking of food you feel like eating (harder than you’d think) and Stanley Tucci-esque cocktail skills. headtopics.com
Hobbies: Camilla warned Diana that Charles was obsessed with gardening and this is definitely something you’d want to know about a future partner, if you didn’t already. Gardeners rise early and go to bed early and then they want to be at home for the blossom, when the azaleas are in bloom, to keep an eye on the watering and slugs. You’re never going anywhere again. Even more important, is he a keen sailor (uh oh), a committed golfer (hmm), a vintage car nut or (worst of all) a serious Mamil, with all the kit and plans for 100km a day holidays in the SOF. Penny might resent Rod’s train set but it would be a lot worse if he was a windsurfing junkie.
Friends you haven’t met: The one who likes to go off-road biking for weeks at a time. The one who needs a sofa to crash on for months in between relationships. The one who thinks women are awesome but he’s never met one who is funny. Or possibly the special girlfriend, not as in ex but confidante, whose opinion he seeks on matters that you fancy yourself to be pretty clued up on, eg curtains.
Strong opinions on decor: This would be bad. Insisting on a yellow feature wall, say. Though having an opinion about your appearance could tip you over the edge. You are never again wearing your hot dungarees and a Princess Anne headscarf with a cap on top if he’s a wardrobe obsessive.
Country vs town: Important to know if he secretly wants to become self sufficient in Wales or is wedded to the family house, which ‘just needs a bit of work’. This is one Diana and Charles rift we can quite believe: his dream is creating a kitchen garden, yours is being able to slam the door, take off and leave the window box to wilt. headtopics.com
Having a holiday destination: As in a place he likes to return to again and again where he orders the same drink in the same bar at the same time. (See Locked In Gardening Syndrome).Buddy up with a Camilla. There is still time. Read more: The Telegraph »
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I know the crown is not factual but there has to be some truth in the series and Charles does not come off well at all! Camilla neither. It seems that many members of the royal family were jealous of her. Poor Diana never stood a chance 💔 Except she was never “the ex” She was ever present. She was young, pretty and a virgin! She was of the right stock to produce an Heir (and a spare). Heartbreaking to know on your wedding day that your husband loves someone else but your face is already on the mug! So sad 💔