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Cool Brits Don't Want 'Queen of Tarts' To Be Queen of Britain & Commonwealth

Separate Lives and a Rather Saucy Secret: An Intimate Portrait of their Marriage Reveals How Camilla Has Kept Prince Charles Happy

  • Charles and Camilla spend much of their time apart and live separately
  • But the couple are still 'fantastic' together after almost 10 years of marriage
  • Prince of Wales still plans on making Camilla Queen when he takes throne
  • Camilla has always known how to handle, how to mollify and excite Charles
  • She often travels ahead of Charles to 'acclimatise' to royal tour stresses
  • Prince feels guilty for bringing Diana into royal world she could not handle
Daily Mail UK, 2 Feb 2015


The tour of Canada was over and the plane taxied to a halt at RAF Brize Norton to disgorge its royal passengers. Two cars were waiting on the tarmac. The Prince of Wales stepped into his Aston Martin and drove off accompanied by his detective towards Highgrove, his Gloucestershire home 30 miles away. His wife was helped into her car by a chauffeur, and driven to a different address.

No, this was not Charles and Princess Diana at the peak of their stony relationship, but Charles and Camilla. The Duchess of Cornwall was heading for Ray Mill House in Wiltshire, which is still her home even though she and the Prince are approaching their tenth wedding anniversary in April.

Indeed, as one of her friends observes tartly: ‘Camilla seems to spend less time in Highgrove these days than she did when Charles was still married to Princess Diana.’


Those were the days when, as Diana was disappearing down the country lane with the young William and Harry on a Sunday afternoon on their way back to Kensington Palace, Camilla would just be arriving.





Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall spend much of their time apart because it makes their marriage work



Charles and Diana spent most of their time apart because, ultimately, they couldn’t bear to be in each other’s company. Charles and Camilla do so — almost as though she were still his mistress — because it makes their marriage work.

She likes to have her five grandchildren at Ray Mill, running noisily around the house and the garden. He likes the peace of Highgrove 17 miles away, where he can bury his head in his books and papers, and, of course, work in his garden and have space to himself.

They live very separate lives. ‘But when they are together they are fantastic,’ says a close friend. ‘Camilla knows how to soothe him, when not to be there, when to leave him to his thoughts, when to be jolly, when to be his confidante, and when to be his lover. She is quite brilliant at being every kind of woman to him at the appropriate time.

‘Poor Diana could never do this for him. I saw how she struggled to make it work, but it never did. But then, she was so young, while Camilla — well, she’s virtually made a lifelong study of the Prince of Wales. No one knows him better than she does.’

The raw Camilla humour and blue jokes that first attracted him to her at the start of their epic love affair when both were young, more than 40 years ago, still make him giggle. Friends describe them as sharing a ‘ripe and lavatorial’ sense of humour. (So was Diana’s, incidentally.)

Who can be surprised, then, that Prince Charles is more dedicated than ever to making the former Mrs Parker Bowles his Queen — despite the fact that many of his future subjects still despise what she did to Diana?

Camilla is still remembered as 'The Queen of Tarts'






The Queen, who once called Camilla a 'wicked woman', has come to terms with the Duchess of Cornwall's presence in the Royal Household


So smooth has been Camilla’s transition from ‘wicked woman’, in the words of the Queen, to the Duchess of Cornwall, that for many the role she will assume at King Charles’s side has ceased to be an issue.
A YouGov poll last summer found that some of the British people would not object — a result that surprised many.

Originally, back in the Seventies when the Queen learned that her son was sleeping with the wife of a brother officer in the Brigade of Guards, she regarded Camilla as an adulteress who had led her bachelor son astray.
Instructions were issued that Mrs Parker Bowles was never to be on the guest list for any formal event at which the Queen was to be present.


Fast forward to 2005 and the Queen was giving the reception at Windsor Castle for their marriage. Her pragmatic private view had become: ‘Since Camilla isn’t going anywhere she may as well be welcomed.’
As for the special nugget of Welsh gold kept for royal wedding rings, the Queen is said to have drily observed: ‘There is very little of it left — there won’t be enough for a third wedding.’

By the time the Queen reached her Diamond Jubilee in 2012, Camilla had established herself so completely that, with Philip in hospital, the Monarch chose the former adulteress to share the affection of the public by sitting next to her on the final carriage drive.

Officially, at least, the soothing plan remains in place for Camilla merely to become his Princess Consort, so that she does not take the title that would have been Diana’s.


Privately, however, the Prince is increasingly confident that when the time comes his wife will take her ‘rightful’ place as a crowned Queen by his side.




Camilla knows how to handle, mollify and excite Prince Charles - even if it was through sex 'for a long time', according to one of her friends


Why is he so sure? ‘It’s because he believes that when faced with a fait accompli, the British nation will always look to its strong tradition of forgiveness and fair play,’ says one close figure.

How loud the protests will be from Diana’s supporters who still blame Camilla for destroying what they believe might have evolved into a successful marriage, despite everything, probably depends on how long the Queen lives.

The fact is, Camilla has always known how to handle, how to mollify and excite, the Prince of Wales. ‘For a long time it was sex,’ snorts one of her lady friends. ‘Camilla would tell Charles what to do in bed. And he liked that.’

But there are so many more aces in Camilla’s hand. Unlike Diana, who was barely out of her teens and totally unprepared for a royal life in the public eye, Mrs Parker Bowles had spent much of her life around the royals, even though she did not become a royal herself until late in life.

On April 9, 2005, when she and Charles were married at Windsor Guildhall, she was a 57-year-old divorcee with grown-up children, Tom and Laura, now themselves both married.

Far from being challenged by this late arrival into the family fold, it has offered her the ultimate comfort of being a royal wife who does not have to compete for attention. Approaching her own Tin wedding anniversary, the Duchess of Cornwall ‘couldn’t be happier’ to see stepdaughter-in-law Kate, pregnant with baby No 2, taking the limelight.

With Charles, it is very different. Even now, when he is well into pensionable age, he remains sensitive to the attention of the public having shifted largely away from him to focus on the younger generation of William and Kate and, of course, Prince Harry.

‘We have never forgotten an early visit to Canada in 1983 with Diana when, as the car door was opened and he stepped out, he could for the first time hear groans from the waiting crowd that they were on the “wrong” side,’ says a former royal aide.

‘The cheers came from the other side where Diana was. To him it made no sense. He, after all, was the Prince of Wales.’





Prince Charles remains sensitive to the public focus shifting to the younger generation, as he experienced to his distaste on a visit to Canada with Princess Diana in 1983


Many years have passed, but he still can’t accept being downgraded by the public in this way.

‘It makes him quite gloomy at times,’ says a country friend of the Duchess. ‘Camilla doesn’t hog the limelight as Diana did, thank goodness, but everyone knows he’s desperate for people to show their approval. Camilla’s so good at cheering him up when he’s like that. But even she can get fed up with his moods.’

But the fact is, she’s not always there to do so and there are times, we understand, when she is discreetly telephoned by one of the Prince’s aides and comes hurrying over to Highgrove to lift his spirits.

Sometimes she and Charles don’t see each other for days. ‘You must remember they are two people who have spent most of their adult lives apart,’ says a friend of the duchess.
‘They don’t feel a need to be in each other’s pockets all the time. Camilla’s not a needy person in herself, and that is why it works so much better for Charles than in his previous marriage.’

Diana’s supporters are hardly surprised to hear one of Camilla’s friends speak so dismissively of Charles’s first marriage. To them, Camilla will always remain the unforgiven 'Queen of Tarts'.

So how would the Duchess of Cornwall react if she found evidence that Charles was having an affair now? After all, Camilla is aware that she was the subject of a heated exchange between Charles and Diana which ended with the Prince declaring hotly: ‘Do you seriously expect me to be the first Prince of Wales in history not to have a mistress?’

That is exactly what Diana did expect.

And Camilla? Surely, approaching her 68th birthday in July, she is far too worldly and sophisticated to worry about such a thing. Not so. According to one of her closest friends: ‘She would go bonkers. After what they’ve been through she expects him to be loyal — in every way.’

Some will scoff at the notion that what Camilla has ‘been through’ can even be mentioned in the same breath as Diana. As Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla is indulged in ways that were never offered to Princess Diana.
Even on their official trips abroad, Camilla has created a new custom of going ahead of Charles and spending up to a week ‘acclimatising’ to set herself up for the stresses of the formalities that lie ahead.

And in practice this means being pampered in a five-star hotel, just as she was before the couple’s recent trip to Mexico. Camilla was booked into the luxury Carlisle Bay hotel in Antigua for several days before flying to meet Charles at the start of the tour.





Camilla has created a new custom of going ahead of Charles and spending up to a week ‘acclimatising’ to her environment before the royal entourage arrives


‘If that’s what she wants to do, then it’s OK by him,’ says a palace lady-in-waiting.
‘He got it wrong the first time and got it right the second time. It really is as simple as that.’
In the view of a long-standing courtier: ‘When Diana died, his instinctive reaction was to feel a terrible guilt because of everything that had led to that dreadful moment.
‘But he no longer feels guilt for her death because he has come to accept that had nothing to do with where she was or who she was with at the time. Where he does still feel guilty, of course, is that it was him who brought Diana into the royal world and a life she couldn’t handle.’

In palace terms, despite the crises that imperilled the monarchy during the embattled Nineties when Charles and Diana’s differences were at their worst, the Prince of Wales’s second marriage has introduced a new era of relative calm.
The key reason for this is the paradox of Camilla herself.

‘The Prince of Wales has been preparing to be King since he was about five,’ says one of their close friends. ‘I am sure he will make a very good king and one of the main reasons will be that Camilla will be there to support him every step.
‘You could even think that the role she will play is one that she has been preparing for all her life — well, most of it. Married to her, he’s a different man from the one who was married to Diana.
‘Everyone knows they weren’t suited. He was warned, but he didn’t listen.’

In a rare public comment about his succession when he was asked if he was impatient to be King, Charles replied:

‘Impatient — me? What a thing to suggest. Yes, of course I am...’

At the same time, their friends know better than to broach the subject. One says: ‘He doesn’t like it because, as he rightly says: “This is in fact talking about the death of my mother and for me that will be the very first consideration.” ’

Another change in Charles is that he no longer questions ‘whatever "in love" means’. That infamous philosophical observation, which he made during his and Diana’s first post-engagement television interview in early 1981, was a slap in the face for the girl who would be barely 20 when they married. It has haunted him ever since, though perhaps not quite as much as it haunted Diana.

‘He knows exactly what love means now,’ says one of Camilla’s friends.
‘He knows that everything she does for him, from letting him be himself to listening to what he thinks, from consoling him to making him laugh, is because she loves him. He worships her for it.’
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Update re: Brits Don't Want 'Queen of Tarts' To Be Queen of Britain & Commonwealth

Written Out of History: As our Poll Reveals a Majority Still Don't Want Queen Camilla, a Historian Says There's Been a Cynical Establishment Conspiracy - Led by the Royals

  • Mail ComRes poll shows 55 per cent do not want Camilla to become Queen
  • Prince Charles and Camilla's marriage was deeply controversial at the time. Camilla was booed
  • Lots of people still have reservations - and not all of them are Diana fans
  • 'She has a face that cracked 1,000 mirrors’.
  • 55 per cent of those polled believe Diana would have made a better Queen
Daily Mail UK, 12 April 2015





This week ushered in the low-key tenth anniversary of the Prince of Wales’s second marriage to his divorced mistress Camilla Parker Bowles (above)


This week ushered in the low-key tenth anniversary of the Prince of Wales’s second marriage to his divorced mistress Camilla Parker Bowles, who elected to call herself Duchess of Cornwall rather than Princess of Wales, the title held by Charles’s hugely popular and late lamented first wife, Diana.

The heir to the throne’s second union, eight years after Diana’s death at the age of 36 in a car accident in Paris, proved deeply controversial at the time.

On the day of the ceremony, feelings were running high, and Camilla had the misfortune to become the first royal bride to be booed in the streets since Henry VIII elevated his mistress, Anne Boleyn, to the Queen Consort’s throne in 1533.

Women especially remembered Diana’s caustic comment in her fateful BBC TV Panorama interview in 1995 —


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‘Well there were three of us in this marriage so it was a bit crowded’ — and found it impossible to forgive Charles’s mistress for the damage they judged her to have caused.
Antipathy to Camilla was still in evidence two years later when Clarence House, in one of the most preposterous misjudgments of Charles’s advisers, announced that Camilla was to attend the memorial service to Diana, held at the Guards Chapel in London on the tenth anniversary of her death.

Outraged public objections instantly erupted to the effect that her presence would be grossly inappropriate. Camilla was forced into a humiliating public climb-down and issued a statement reversing her decision to attend.


We are now eight years further on, and time, and increasing public apathy, has inevitably blunted some of the more extreme emotions that existed in the wake of Diana’s untimely death.
Commentators have suggested that Camilla has now ‘won over’ a sceptical and hostile nation, and there is no doubt that many more of the public have come round to the idea of her as a future Queen than the meagre seven per cent who were prepared to entertain the notion a decade ago.

Yet, if people have gradually grown accustomed to the presence of Camilla in public life, and even to her strange taste for monumental millinery, there are still countless numbers who have reservations — and not all of them are necessarily Diana diehards.








The heir to the throne’s second union proved deeply controversial at the time. On the day of their wedding ceremony, feelings were running high and Camilla was booed in the streets




Camilla and Charles are pictured with the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh at The Queens Banquet for the Commonwealths Heads of Government in Uganda in 2007



Some of the online comments following newspaper articles this week on the 10th anniversary of her marriage to Charles were extraordinarily vitriolic.


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‘I can’t stand the sight of her,’ fumed one reader, while another lambasted her as ‘the face that cracked 1,000 mirrors’.
A third refused to countenance the idea of Queen Camilla: ‘Queen Elizabeth is still very much alive, very active, and for everyone’s sake long may she live.’

Today’s ComRes poll for the Mail shows more than half of us — 55 per cent — are still opposed to Camilla becoming Queen, with just 32 per cent accepting that she should have the title, and the rest undecided.
Interestingly, 55 per cent of those polled believe Diana would have made a better Queen, and only 16 per cent opted for Camilla.

These intriguing figures reveal not only that a deeply felt antipathy towards Charles’s second wife still exists, but they also highlight the lasting appeal to the public — if not the Establishment — of Diana.

Of course, all fame is ephemeral and fades with time, and 18 years after her tragic demise in that Paris underpass, the once-global legend of Diana, Princess of Wales has inevitably diminished.





Women especially remembered Diana’s caustic comment in her fateful BBC TV Panorama interview in 1995 — ‘Well there were three of us in this marriage so it was a bit crowded’ — and found it impossible to forgive Charles’s mistress for the damage they judged her to have caused

When she was present on this Earth, whether as Queen-to-be and the world’s most beautiful fashion icon, or as an isolated and embattled ex-wife creating havoc for the Royal Family by some spectacular errors of judgment, Diana was an enduring and irresistible source of fascination to millions everywhere.


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Then, with shocking suddenness, she was gone, and the fall-out from her passing was seismic, plunging the British monarchy into the greatest crisis it had faced since the abdication of Edward VIII.


For a time, the Diana legend mushroomed through the extraordinary worldwide reaction to her death, to her funeral, and to years of conspiracy theories about the cause of the crash that killed her, and whether it was really an accident or murder. The Diana Princess Of Wales Memorial Fund, which opened after her death with money that poured in from all over the world, raised an astonishing £138 million, all of it used to improve the lives of the most disadvantaged people in the UK and in other countries.

But after years of disastrous mismanagement by Establishment worthies, the Fund closed down as an operational entity at the end of 2012 and, the following March, Diana’s two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, took over its legal ownership.

One of Diana’s friends and a former trustee of the Fund, Vivienne Parry, said:

‘The view from politicians, the Royal Family and the Spencers was that the quicker Diana was forgotten, the better.’

The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain in London’s Hyde Park, opened by the Queen in July, 2004, quickly deteriorated into a bedraggled and unsightly mess.

In the vivid description of the Mail’s Amanda Platell, it ‘looks like an industrial storm drain’. She recounted how a group of young Japanese tourists stopped her in Hyde Park to ask where the memorial to Diana was located, and were astonished to be told that they had just passed it without recognising it.
They appeared ‘shocked at the lack of respect’, she recalled, ‘and that our “famous Princess” should be honoured in such a way. Or rather, dishonoured’.

The few surviving memorials to Diana are now in a bad state of repair.
The Flame Of Liberty at the Pont de L’Alma in Paris, commemorating the scene of the accident in which she died, is now covered in scratches and the wall behind it is frequently daubed with graffiti.
Even her grave, on a tiny wooded island in the Oval Lake at Althorp, the Northamptonshire ancestral home of her Spencer family, was described by a recent visitor as looking ‘tatty’, with its memorial covered in moss, and the water surrounding it full of algae.


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Yet, if people have gradually grown accustomed to the presence of Camilla in public life, and even to her strange taste for monumental millinery, there are still countless numbers who have reservations
For a long time, the best-known memorial to Diana was the hideously tasteless display erected inside the London store Harrods by Mohamed Al Fayed in 1998, consisting of photographs of Diana with his son Dodi (who also died in the Paris crash) behind a pyramid-shaped structure that held a wine glass smudged with Diana’s lipstick from their last dinner together at the Ritz in Paris, as well as an engagement ring alleged to have been bought by Dodi on the day before they died.

A second memorial erected in Harrods by Al Fayed in 2005, entitled Innocent Victims, showed Diana and Dodi dancing together beneath the wings of an albatross. Both memorials remain in place despite rumours that the new Qatari owners of Harrods would remove them.

Evidence of the lack of respect for Diana’s brief life came in 2013 with the catastrophic failure of the movie, Diana, in which actress Naomi Watts played the Princess in a screenplay that focused on Diana’s affair with the handsome Pakistani heart surgeon, Hasnat Khan.
The film, dismissed as ‘car crash cinema’ by one critic, and by another as like ‘a two-hour Spitting Image sketch scripted by Jeffrey Archer’, bombed in the U.S., taking the derisory sum of £40,000 from initial screenings in 38 American cinemas. America’s long love affair with Diana appeared to be over.

And so the People’s Princess, in Tony Blair’s memorable description, became the forgotten Princess.
It seems that she has been deliberately written out of the script.

As the PR agent Mark Borkowski observed, the Royal Firm has sidelined Diana as part of a slick rebranding exercise.

‘The emphasis is on the young Royals,’ he said. ‘Diana has been quietly airbrushed out.’





Some of the online comments following newspaper articles this week on the 10th anniversary of her marriage to Charles were extraordinarily vitriolic. Above, she is pictured in Adelaide in 2012



The Firm wants us to remember not Diana, but other Royals. A £2 million, 9ft 6in statue of the Queen Mother — the personal inspiration of Prince Charles — now dominates the Mall.

But Diana — the Queen who never was, except, as she once observed, ‘in people’s hearts’ — has no statue, no plaque and no dignified memorial to mark her ground-breaking achievement in transforming the face of the British monarchy by modernising and humanising the House of Windsor through her work with Aids sufferers, with the homeless, the vulnerable and with the victims of landmines.

If she had been alive today, Diana would have been characteristically involved in countless good causes. She would have been immensely proud of the inspirational work of her younger son, Prince Harry, in spearheading the hugely successful Invictus Games, a Paralympic-style event for injured and disabled ex-service personnel.

This showed the often much-criticised ‘playboy prince’ as a man with vision, compassion, flair and drive, every inch his mother’s son.
The one aspect of Diana’s life that has never been derided is her warmth and care as a mother.








Today’s ComRes poll for the Mail shows more than half of us — 55 per cent — are still opposed to Camilla becoming Queen. Above, Camilla is pictured in a pub in 2014



In an address he wrote himself for her memorial service on the tenth anniversary of her death, Harry called her ‘the best mother in the world... When she was alive we completely took for granted her unrivalled love of life, laughter, fun and folly.


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‘She was our guardian, friend and protector. She never once allowed her unfaltering love for us to go unspoken or undemonstrated.’
Shortly before that service, on what would have been their mother’s 46th birthday, Harry and William organised and hosted the Concert For Diana at Wembley Stadium, with many of the world’s most famous entertainers performing, including Elton John, Rod Stewart, Tom Jones, Will Young, Donny Osmond and Jason Donovan. All proceeds went to charity.

When Harry came to set up his Aids charity for sick and vulnerable children in Lesotho, he called it Sentebale — meaning ‘forget me not’ — in memory of his mother.

Time has a curious way of correcting historical injustice. Diana, robbed of her rightful recognition by a vengeful Establishment, has the most secure of memorials in the hearts of her two loving sons

And William, at the time of his engagement to Catherine Middleton, referred significantly to ‘the mistakes of the past’ from which it was necessary to ‘learn lessons’.
Then he proceeded to touch the hearts of watching millions around the world by explaining that his decision to give Kate his late mother’s sapphire and diamond engagement ring was ‘my way of making sure that my mother didn’t miss out on today and the excitement and the fact that we’re going to spend the rest of our lives together’.

As the Queen turns 89 on April 21, and in September will break Victoria’s record as the longest-reigning British sovereign, the potential reign of the future Charles III becomes ever briefer.
When, at last, he does succeed to his mother’s throne, there is little doubt that his second wife will become Queen, and not Princess Consort, the sop originally fed to a gullible public by Charles’s advisers as a means of countering opposition to the marriage.


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Consequently, a future Archbishop of Canterbury will have to walk the ecclesiastical tightrope of crowning and anointing a Queen Consort who broke her own marriage vows and helped her present husband to break his.
If the Primate adheres to tradition, and utters the words used for the coronation of the Queen Mother, he will be obliged to say ‘that by the powerful and mild influence of her piety and virtue, she may adorn the high dignity which she hath obtained’.


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Time has a curious way of correcting historical injustice. Diana, robbed of her rightful recognition by a vengeful Establishment, has the most secure of memorials in the hearts of her two loving sons.
And when her eldest comes to the throne as King William V, I have no doubt that his mother’s legacy will at last be restored, and her true contribution to the British monarchy properly honoured.

Charles and Camilla Ride in a Rickshaw...Until it Stalls!


END



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Prince Charles' School hit by Claims of Child Sex Abuse Including Allegation a 12-year-old Girl was Raped by Teacher on Camping Trip

  • Former pupils of Gordonstoun school, where Prince Charles was once a pupil, have claimed they were victims of historic sexual abuse in the 1980s
  • A woman claims she was raped at the age of 12 while on a camping trip
  • Man alleges he was sexually abused as a boy after being given painkillers
  • Historic claims of sexual abuse are difficult to prosecute in Scotland because of the corroboration principle, requiring two forms of evidence
Daily Mail UK, 12 April 2015


It was described by the heir to the throne as 'Colditz in kilts', and has become as well known for its famous alumni as its notoriously strict regime.


Now Gordonstoun, the £32,00-a-year Scottish public school where the Queen's sons and children of Sean Connery and David Bowie were educated, has become embroiled in allegations of historical sex abuse.
Former pupils have spoken of a number of incidents at Aberlour House, the preparatory school that was part of Gordonstoun in Moray in Scotland. These included the alleged rape of a 12-year-old girl and a boy who was molested by his teacher.





Former pupils of Gordonstoun in Scotland have claimed they were raped and abused by teachers there



But the perpetrators appear to have so far gone unpunished because of Scotland's 'corroboration principle' which means allegations have to be verified by two separate forms of evidence - making prosecutions for sexual assault and domestic abuse notoriously difficult.

Prince Charles reportedly hated his time at Gordonstoun, frequently being bullied because he was heir to the throne.

He was apparently put in a basket and left naked under a cold shower as part of an initiation ceremony at the age of just 13, and often wrote home to explain how he hardly got any sleep because he was often hit in the night.


Writer and novelist William Boyd, who was a pupil at the school at the same time as Prince Charles in the 1960s, likened it to 'penal servitude.'





Pupils at Gordonstoun School do physical training on an obstacle course



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SCOTLAND'S UNIQUE LEGAL PRINCIPLE OF CORROBORATION

The principle of corroboration is a cornerstone of Scottish law, and requires two independent sources for every piece of evidence.
This can be from two witnesses or be supported by forensic or historic evidence.

For rape cases this means that there would need to be two forms of evidence to prove penetration had taken place, there was no consent, and the perpetrator understood there was no intent. This makes historical allegations particularly difficult to prosecute.
It is believed to discourage victims of sexual and domestic assault from coming forward because of the difficulty in proving crimes.

Scotland has one of the lowers rape conviction rates in Europe.
Figures released by the Crown Office of Scotland revealed around 60 per cent of domestic abuse complaints go no further.
Scotland also does not allow pre-recorded evidence to be taken, a measure which can encourage victims to come forward.

If the offences had taken place in England, not only would only one witness be needed but victims would also be able to sue for compensation in the civil courts.
In 2010 Lord Calloway was appointed to do a review of Scots Law and he suggested the principle of corroboration should be abolished. This has been supported by campaigners for victims of domestic violence and rape.

However abolishing the principle has been opposed by the legal establishment over fears it could make investigations less rigorous
An investigation has uncovered claims of sexual abuse including the rape of a 12-year-old at the school, renowned for its strict discipline.
The woman, known by the name 'Kate', had gone to the school on a scholarship and claims she was attacked by the male teacher during a camping trip.
The woman said the incident took place in 1990 when the teacher in charge of the trip to the Scottish Highlands said they were one tent short and she would have to share with him.
She then found herself being touched then raped by the teacher.


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'I didn't know what to do,' she said. 'I didn't do anything. I was terrified. I don't remember much but the pain, on my cervix...He wore a condom.
'What kind of man takes a packet of condoms on a school camping trip?'
After the incident Kate contemplated suicide as she struggled to tell anyone what had happened to her.
What followed was years of abuse by her peers only for 'Kate' to discover another pupil had also been abused by the teacher and, she believes, had been in a relationship with him.

In 2013 Kate attempted to bring him to justice by making a formal complaint to police, who investigated and arrested the teacher.
Police Scotland uncovered a number of witnesses - including the other girl who was regularly abused by the teacher.

However the case was dropped when it became clear this girl could not give evidence and Jane's case fell foul of the principle of corroboration.
She was bitterly disappointed and now in her 40s, and with her own children, she is still dealing with the rape.



Another former pupil at Aberlour claimed he was assaulted by Derek Jones, a teacher in charge of English and the school photography club.
The man claimed that in 1990, then in his final year at Aberlour before he was due to go to Gordonstoun, he was talking to Jones about a rugby injury. After Jones offered to give him some 'secret' but extra strong painkillers, the man claims the teacher fondled and then took naked photos of him.

He remembered trying to struggle against the teacher, while under the effect of the painkillers.


John, then 12, tried to confront Jones with a friend but the teacher refused to give up his camera film. When he told his parents they went to Gordonstoun officials, who investigated the incident and referred it to Police Scotland.

Jones was sacked and John's parents were encouraged not to prosecute the teacher and received a promise from Gordonstoun that he would never teach anywhere again.

In 2014 John, now 37, decided to go to the police about the assault only to find that Jones had been able to teach again in Essex and Kenya - despite assurances from Gordonstoun.
However he could not be brought to justice because he had died in a car crash in Kenya five years later.
Jones is one of a number of teachers involved in historic sexual abuse allegations at the school.








Gordonstoun was home to a number of royal pupils, including a young Prince Philip, pictured batting for the school in 1939 (top) and Prince Charles, who is seen returning to London from the summer term in 1963








Prince Edward (top) was head boy at Gordonstoun in 1982 while Prince Andrew was a pupil in 1978



In 2013 former pupils started a private Facebook group discussing things that happened at the school which are not publicised. Discussions included rapes of boys and girls and eventually attracted more than 100 pupils.

A Gordonstoun spokeswoman said the school was 'shocked' and 'saddened' when it first became aware of the allegations, initially finding out through Facebook. These were reported to police and the school is firmly committed to making sure children are happy, healthy and safe.

She said: 'Cases of historic abuse must be unimaginably distressing to the victims and their families and it is absolutely right that any allegation of abuse is thoroughly investigated. If any former student of either Gordonstoun or Aberlour House feels they were the victim of abuse we would be very concerned for them and would advise them to go to the police. We will continue to provide the police with our full support in any investigation.
We were extremely saddened to learn of the abuse allegedly suffered by the woman identified as “Kate”. We have given the investigating police full and unrestricted access to the limited archive records we hold for Aberlour House. We were surprised and disappointed that her case did not go to court and remain available to assist future investigations.'

In 1998 Kevin Lomas, a former teacher at Gordonstoun in the 1980s, was jailed for sexual offences against young girls at a tutoring school in Oxfordshire.
During his teaching years at Gordonstoun he had become known for his inappropriate behaviour.

The spokeswoman added that the school achieved a 'very good' rating for its child protection procedures at the latest inspection in January 2015.

Last year Gordonstoun maths teacher Samuel Henley admitted having child pornography on his computer. The 32-year-old was sacked from the school after images of naked boys as young as eight engaging in sexual acts were discovered on his computer.
One of the pictures was headlined 'sweet boys kissing' and included images of 10 to 12-year-old boys engaging in sexual activity. There were also videos on the computer of young teenage boys performing sex acts on one another.

None of the children involved are believed to have been students at the 600-pupil Scottish campus.

As well as Prince Charles, Gordonstoun boasts a number of famous alumni including Prince Phillip, Prince Andrew and Zara Phillips.
When Prince Charles was a pupil smoking was a caning offence, while drinking could result in expulsion.





Gordonstoun, pictured in 1962, was launched by Dr Kurt Hahn in 1934 and Aberloun was found in 1936




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THE SCHOOL WITH A HISTORY OF ROYAL ALUMNI AND STRICT RULES

Gordonstoun was founded in 1934 by Dr Kurt Hahn
Dr Hahn had fled Germany in 1933 and initially started a school with three pupils

The next year pupil numbers increased and he signed a lease with the Gordon-Cumming family for the Gordonstoun estate.
In 1936 Hahn founded Aberloun, the preparatory school for Gordonstoun to cater for children from the age of seven. The two sites merged in 2004.

In the 1970s children were subjected to freezing cold dormitories with no central heating and were often left shivering with windows left open.
Historically it was known for its cold showers and early morning runs, as well as punishments where pupils were forced to run around their houses. Challenging outdoor activities are still practised.

Today the school sits in 200 acres in Scotland and has primary and secondary facilities
It is one of the last remaining full boarding schools, and houses 600 male and female pupils

Prince Charles was a pupil at the school in the 1960s
Other royal alumni include Prince Edward, who was head boy in 1982, and Zara Phillips

Prince Andrew went to the school in the 1970s and became known for his hockey skills

Prince Philip also went to Gordonstoun in the 1930s.

Charlie Chaplin's granddaughter went to the school, along with the sons of Sean Connery and David Bowie.





Prince Andrew is pictured with the Queen and Prince Philip on his arrival at Gordonstoun School in Elgin
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