Just in time for the biopic’s release date, Vanity Fair posted a colorful interview with Lady Pamela Hicks, Prince Philip‘s first cousin and Queen Elizabeth‘s third cousin (do keep up).
Pamela, who is promoting her memoir, Daughter Of An Empire, and boasts a fantastic coif, wasn’t Diana’s biggest fan. While others saw a philanthropic princess, she saw a cranky spouse that made Prince Charles‘ life miserable.
“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!” Hicks said 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.”
So…anyway. The tentative US release date for Diana is November 1st.