She was like any other mother worried about the role her son was going to play [Andrew was a Royal Navy helicopter pilot during the Falklands War].
Her questions to me were, ‘Do you think he’ll be warm enough? I spoke to her just as I would to any other anxious mother whose son was going off to war.
She was not an easy girl to be married to, and to get on with.
The Queen is alleged to have said on one occasion, ‘My mother’s a star, my daughter-in-law’s a star. ’ She would have been superhuman if she didn’t have a certain amount of irritation, especially if she really thought of her son as being miserably unhappy.
My wife and I were invited to go and see her at Windsor.
Her role as sovereign took precedence over the mothering process.
The Queen looks after affairs of state and the Duke looks after affairs of the family. I think she’d love to have had the chance to spend more time with her children. Once the camera wasn’t on them they behaved as a normal family.
There was a weekend at Balmoral set aside for talking over all their problems.
Diana never came down for lunch – she never came to any meals.