Duchess Camilla’s horror as she received ‘threatening’ phone calls in the middle of the night

Duchess Camilla was reportedly not the only one to receive ‘disturbing’ messages

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Duchess Camilla reportedly received multiple “threatening” phone calls from the late Princess Diana after coming back into Prince Charles’ life. 


Duchess Camilla and Princess Diana’s relationship has been heavily scrutinized over the years, with some accusing Camilla of sending Diana a ‘Mean Girls’ style note before Diana's wedding to Prince Charles. Now it’s been alleged that the Princess of Wales went on to make several “unnerving” phone calls to the future Duchess of Cornwall. Writing in the Daily Mail back in 2017, royal author Penny Junor opened up about the moment Duchess Camilla and Prince Charles came back into each other’s lives. She claimed that by this point in Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s relationship, she “saw conspiracies everywhere”. 

“Diana was not well during those years from the late Eighties to the mid-Nineties,” Penny alleged. “She saw conspiracies everywhere—she abruptly dropped friends, family and people who worked for her, and was convinced that her husband’s office was trying to discredit her.”

The Prince and Princess of Wales attend a welcome ceremony in Toronto at the beginning of their Canadian tour, October 1991

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According to Penny, the then-Camilla Parker Bowles went on to receive multiple “threatening” calls from Princess Diana, all made anonymously late at night.  

“Camilla received a number of threatening and unnerving calls from the Princess in the middle of the night,” the royal author claimed. “Without saying who was calling, she’d typically say, ‘I’ve sent someone to kill you. They’re outside in the garden. Look out of the window; can you see them?’” 

And Duchess Camilla wasn’t the only one to receive these alleged phone calls or messages from Princess Diana, who reportedly also left “similar communications” on the answering machines of several men in her inner circle. 

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Penny added, “She also left disturbing messages on people’s answering machines and pagers. ‘We know where you are, and so does your wife [sic]. I know you’re being disloyal to me,’ was one that she left her private secretary, Patrick Jephson.

“The Prince’s private secretary, Richard Aylard, received similar communications. And when one of Diana’s men friends, Oliver Hoare, tried to cool their relationship, she bombarded his wife with silent phone calls.”

The author went on to declare that “many of the people around Diana walked on eggshells, not knowing what she might do from hour to hour” during this turbulent period. 

Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s divorce was finalized in 1996 and Diana remained living at Kensington Palace with their sons Prince William and Prince Harry. The Queen reportedly “banned” Camilla’s name in her presence after seeing the breakdown of the Wales’ marriage and it’s thought the Royal Family weren’t keen on Camilla before she became Duchess of Cornwall. 

It was eight years after Princess Diana tragically passed away in 1997 that Prince Charles and Camilla tied the knot, with Prince William as best man. 

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, with their children (L-R) Prince Harry, Prince William, Laura Parker Bowles and Tom Parker Bowles, in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle

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At the time it was announced that despite mass speculation about her future title, Camilla is to be known as Princess Consort when Charles takes the throne.

Since then, rumors have emerged that this could be set to change, prompting a response from Clarence House, who stated, ‘The intention is for the Duchess to be known as Princess Consort when the Prince accedes to the throne. This was announced at the time of the marriage and there has been absolutely no change at all.’

Emma Shacklock
Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.


Before she joined Future Publishing, Emma graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. After leaving education, she started out her publishing career in the world of books, working as a Publisher for an independent digital publisher specializing in back-list and debut commercial fiction novels. With a huge book list and a passion for bringing the best stories to the broadest audience possible, Emma filled her spare time with reading the latest best-sellers and catching up on hit adaptations.


In 2017 she joined TI Media as a fiction writing coordinator on Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Weekly Fiction as part of the features team. From here, she used her love of books, working to bring short stories to our dedicated readers and began writing for the books pages of Woman, Woman’s Own and Woman&Home, as well as online features ranging from genre round-ups to travel pieces for womanandhome.com. 


After honing her skills, Emma branched out online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first. When she’s not writing about the next big lifestyle trend, she enjoys cooking, long walks and watching as many crime dramas as she can!