“I can’t stand this fucking thing!” King Charles during the signing ceremony at Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland due to frustration at an inadequate pen. Video / access point
“Can you please be quiet? There’s a call.”
These are the words said to an American journalist who was at King Charles’ home in Scotland to interview Camilla just hours before Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8.
NBC Today host Jenna Bush Hager, the daughter of former US President George Bush, gave rare insight into what was happening behind closed doors when Charles, 73, received the call that the health of his mother was deteriorating.
Bush Hager, 40, told the US program that she and husband Henry Hager had an intimate dinner with the then Prince of Wales at Dumfries House on the evening of September 7. The Duchess of Cornwall was unable to join because her British Airways flight was delayed.
In what may hint at how quickly the Queen’s health deteriorated, the TV presenter said Charles appeared to show no signs that the Queen’s health was of concern, adding that they “had had a wonderful evening filled with joyful conversations”. .”
“He (Charles) said, ‘My darling wife is so sad (she can’t cook dinner)… She can’t wait to sit down with you tomorrow,'” Mrs. Bush Hager said on NBC. that (the queen’s death) was kind of a surprise.”
The next morning Bush Hager returned to Dumfries House with her team to prepare for their interview with Camilla around 1.30pm.
Bush Hager said she sensed something was wrong around 12:30 p.m. when she heard “running through the halls.”
“It was his (Camilla’s) team and his (Charles’) team… They came in and said, ‘Can you please shut up, there’s a call’.
“We were just (close to) the time of the office of Prince Charles, now King Charles III. They said, ‘He’s on a call, can you please be quiet? And then all of a sudden we heard a helicopter.
“They said, ‘The queen is sick, and they went rushing to be with her. “”
Hours later, Buckingham Palace announced that Her Majesty had died “peacefully” at the age of 96.
Charles immediately ascended the throne and his wife Camilla became Queen Consort, while Prince William was given the title Prince of Wales.
Despite his grief, Charles has had a whirlwind of commitments since his mother’s death.
He spent most of Tuesday in Northern Ireland, having flown in from Edinburgh on Tuesday morning.
The King and Queen consort arrived in Belfast late Tuesday morning (UK time) and were greeted by the Lord Lieutenant of Belfast, Dame Fionnuala Mary Jay-O’Boyle, and the Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris.
The royal couple then traveled to Hillsborough Castle in County Down, the royal family’s only residence in Northern Ireland.
Charles was seen smiling as he greeted the children who had gathered outside to meet him, as well as well-wishers offering flowers.
At the castle, the new king met with the country’s political leaders, including senior Sinn Fein officials – the Republican Party which was closely associated with the IRA during the Troubles and which refuses to swear allegiance to the Crown.
At Hillsborough, Charles pledged to follow the ‘shining example’ his mother had set during her ‘long life of public service’.
The King then traveled to St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast for a service of reflection for the Queen.
On Monday evening, Charles and his three siblings – Prince Andrew, Princess Anne and Prince Edward – held a vigil over the Queen’s coffin at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh.
Then, on Tuesday evening, he hosted a private meeting at Buckingham Palace with his close family, including Prince William, Prince Harry, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, to receive the Queen’s coffin.
Her Majesty’s coffin landed at RAF Northolt shortly after 7pm (UK time) and was taken to the Palace, where she will spend a final night before retiring in Westminster Hall.