"Mad King George" sent for Caroline, Princess of Wales, and his
"little darling" Princess Charlotte, now eight-years-old. The King had decided Charlotte would live at Windsor, for most of the year, where she would have her own household.
Six maids, a dresser & under dresser, three footmen, a page, a porter, a coachman & postilion, an errand boy and a gardener (Princess Caroline had a similar household at Blackheath, also paid for with public money). George 3 had personally devised Charlotte’s timetable, strictly supervised by a Preceptor, a Sub-Preceptor, a Governess, a Sub-Governess and various specialist Tutors.
From 8 to 9 Religious Instruction.
9 to 10 Breakfast and Walk.
10 to 11: 30 French, German and Modern History.
11: 30 to 12 Walk.
12 to 1: 30 English, Latin and Ancient History.
1: 30 to 2 Dressing.
2 to 3 Dinner.
3 to 5 An airing in the carriage.
5 to 7 Writing, Music and Dancing.
7 to 8 Amusement and so to bed.
Young Charlotte had regular fits of screaming temper at her education. The press often noted,
her alleged father, Priny, lavished attention on Maria Fitzherbert’s adopted daughter and neglected Princess Charlotte, who’s provenance Priny trembled to think of.
(Priny who never made anyone pregnant had good reason to believe his father
George 3 fucked the arse off Caroline a fortnight after Priny left her - a fortnight
after he married her - the pregnancy was announced 5 months later.)
Being heir to the Throne bright-eyed Charlotte had become a glimmer of hope to the public who despaired of Priny and the rest of the royal family. The public affection she enjoyed made Priny increasingly jealous.
1806. The King banned Priny from attending the funeral of the Whig MP Charlie Fox. The press made much of the fact Priny, age 42, wasn’t man enough to defy his father, and attend his old pals grave. By this time, even
bent royalist Tory editor's had stopped taking bribes to talk-up Priny.
1811. The King was finally declared dangerously insane. Priny became Regent. One hundred Privy Councillors were obliged to gather at Priny’s Palace (Carlton House) to swear their allegiance. To annoy the Tories, Priny placed a marble head of Charlie Fox in full view. As the
Privy Councillors knelt down, one by one, to kiss the royal glove, Priny was smiling at Charlie Fox. Riding her horse in the garden, Princess Charlotte kept stopping to peer through the windows at the allegiance ceremony. No doubt she was thinking of the day she would be receiving the Privy Council.
Aged 14 Princess Charlotte was often scolded for showing her drawers (ankle length) as she alighted her carriage. Aged 16 she was sleeping with Captain Charles Hesse, an illegitimate son of her over-sexed uncle, the Duke of York. Aged 18 Charlotte allowed Priny to talk her into marrying the Prince of Orange. She broke off the engagement when she realised the marriage meant living in Holland. Priny was besides himself with rage. Carlton House
Charlotte’s household at this time was Warwick House adjacent to Priny’s Palace, Carlton House.
Unannounced, Priny steamed into Charlotte's drawing room, foaming at the mouth. He informed her he was sacking all her personal staff and removing her to Cranbourne Lodge in Windsor forest, until she stopped this nonsense about calling off a ‘highly desirable wedding.’
As Charlotte listened to his babbling she was silently considering doing a runner to her mum. Princess Caroline as the ‘wronged women’ had become immensely popular. Unlike Priny, Caroline was cheered in the street and welcomed with standing applause at the theatre. Minutes after Priny left her drawing room, Charlotte donned a house-maids shawl & bonnet. Strolled out of the tradesmen entrance and hurried down the Strand to hire a hackney carriage, to Caroline’s town house - in Connaught Place. Servants were dispatched to bring Caroline’s trusted advisors. The lawyer, turned MP, Henry Brougham was first to arrive. Half-an-hour later, the Lord Chancellor, Lord Eldon, was on the doorstep banging on the door and shouting he had an ‘urgent request’ from Priny. He was not admitted. Eldon’s temper tantrum on the doorstep caused great hilarity in Caroline’s crowded drawing room. Eldon was actually a coal trader, known in the media as ‘Old Bags,’ elevated to high office for enriching the royals with criminally inflated coal prices. Old Bags was also known for shifting four bottles of Port per-day. Priny’s next messenger, Lord Ellenborough, cast a shadow over the happy scene. Ellenborough was waving a writ of habeas corpus. Henry Brougham explained to Charlotte - Priny’s troops, now assembling in the street, could use the writ to smash their way in and arrest them all. If Charlotte provoked any action against her, and her sainted mother, the public would respond with violent glee. Londoners, forced to live in rat-infested slums, wouldn’t hesitate to burn down Priny’s Palace - and Priny with it. Charlotte on reflection did not wish to start a insurrection. She went, crying, but quietly, to Cranbourne Lodge. Priny however, failed to force the ‘highly desirably marriage’ upon her. Aged 20 Charlotte married her own choice. A German Prince, Leopold of Saxony-Coburg-Saalfeld.
Princess Charlotte: 'If she were mine I would lock her up.'
Aged 16 Charlotte was sleeping with Captain Charles Hesse, an illegitimate son of her uncle the Duke of York.
Captain Hesse, it was rumoured, was also slipping her mum a length.
One of Priny's drinking pals, Lord Ellenborough, told Priny in front of Charlotte. 'If she were mine I would lock her up.' The awful truth is poor Charlotte went off the rails because she was virtually locked-up from the age of eight when King George 3 gave Charlotte her own household, separating her from her wayward mum, which made her even more rebellious.
King George 3 would never allow his
drugged-up-drunken son, Priny, any high military rank. On hearing the doctors had declared his father insane Priny sent for his tailors. He ordered a gold trimmed Field Marshall uniform. He then sent out 2,000 invitations to a week-long fete at Carlton House. Where he appeared wearing his Field Marshall uniform showing his utter contempt for his sick father. According to Priny the fete was in honour of the remnants of the French Royal Family - exiled in Britain. But everybody knew he was celebrating his father finally going round the bend.
Fifteen-year-old Charlotte was furious she was not invited to Priny's party. The day before the fete, she was packed-off to the 'nunnery' as Priny's ugly sisters had named Windsor Castle (Although the way they used their male staff had little to do with religion. Charlotte , twas said, gave her cherry to a lusty farm lad in the nunnery gardens).
Inviting the Georgian glitterati to his dazzling London Palace did nothing to revive Priny's filthy reputation. Writing in the Examiner Leigh Hunt rightly accused Priny of being 'up to his ears in disgrace.' Priny had Hunt and his brother, who published the Examiner, jailed for two years for so-called libel! The poets Shelly, Keats and Byron visited the brothers in jail. Shelly himself risked jail by criticizing the £125,000 cost of Priny's first Regency Ball. The first of a thousand self aggrandizing piss-ups. In print; Shelly called Priny
"that infernal wretch the Prince Of Whales... a
coward and a villain".
George IV A Portrait. Joanna Richardson. Sidgwick & Jackson. 1966. & www.republic.org.uk
Princess Charlotte would die in convulsions nine hours after giving birth to a stillborn boy - 1817. It was rumoured Priny had poisoned the poor girl. Charlotte’s tragic death was far more likely due to Porphyria caused by decades of royal incest.