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Princess Charlotte of Wales - The Queen Who Never Was

May 05, 2024

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was if you Google Princess Charlotte of Wales you will be greeted by photos of William and Catherine's adorable daughter born in 2015, but there was another Princess Charlotte of Wales born 200 years earlier who had a In a very different life, she endured the abandonment of parents who hated each other and the abuse of a father who saw her as competition, but she grew resilient and daring, after dragging several young men with her she escaped and found herself with a happy love marriage to a handsome German prince Leopold.
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They were as popular as the current Prince and Princess of Wales, as the inevitable heir to the throne Charlotte embodied Britain's hope for the future and the birth of her first child was feverishly anticipated, but after horribly managed medical care, she died. Giving birth at the age of 21, her tragic death was mourned as deeply as that of Princess Diana. The race to breed a new air produced the future Queen Victoria, so all the British royal senses, including the young Princess Charlotte, would not have existed if not for the unfortunate fate of the original. Prince Princess Charlotte of Wales, let's meet her King George III of Great Britain and Ireland and Charlotte de Meinberg Stritz had a love relationship that resulted in 15 children, but instead of ensuring the succession with the brood of princely grandchildren, the dukes royals took many illegitimate children with their lovers, they were not eligible for the throne and their sisters remained protected from marriage by their increasingly mentally ill father.
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At home away from their watchful eye he indulged in drinking and cavorting with women He had excellent but expensive tastes His annual allowance of £50,000 (about $6 million today) was not enough to keep up with his extravagant lifestyle George frequently had fierce arguments with his parents over money and his love life, he fell in love with a Catholic commoner, Maria Fitz Herbert, but a Catholic's wife could not succeed to the throne and he could not legally marry without her father's permission. father. However, George and Maria had a secret wedding when the news broke. As a result, the Protestant people were outraged.
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George III was already unpopular for losing the American colonies and pushing for the enclosure law that gave common lands to the rich, and now it looked like his mood would be even worse. In 1788, the 50-year-old king suffered a serious deterioration in his mental health; he was unable to deliver the speech at the opening of Parliament, so his 26-year-old son was appointed regent. King George was in and out of Lucidity for the next 30 years, when he was well he was in charge and when he relapsed the Prince Regent returned to power he had no interest in giving a legitimate air but his lavish spending meant he was constantly in debt for a period of lucidity the king refused to rescue his son unless he finally contracted a legitimate marriage the prince reluctantly agreed and was presented with a list of potential royal brides while looking over his shoulder maria fitz herbert guided him to the least suitable candidate attractive that would be less competition for her Caroline of Brunswick was the daughter of George III's sister, Princess Austa, her strict parents kept her secluded. she was not allowed to dance at her brother's wedding and had to sit with the old women, as expected she began to rebel, although they kept her protected from the gentlemen of her own status, her parents did not think of allowing her to go out riding, she He frequently left the house.
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She palace to visit the common people and it was rumored that she had a secret affair and she gave birth to a child. Caroline's overprotective parents and rumors prevented her from marrying and at 27 she was facing a life of singleness but her parents couldn't change her nose turns up when the British ambassador offered her the Prince of Wales, so she went to London. Caroline was hers when her boyfriend saw her for the first time and asked for a brandy. She was not her type and the annoying Prince was worried about her hygiene. George didn't impress Caroline either.
She told a companion that he was very fat and nowhere near as handsome as the portrait of her at dinner. George was dismayed by Caroline's chatter and teasing of Mrs. Fitz Herbert, who was also sitting at the table. Caroline was disappointed by her boyfriend's obvious preference for her lover, but the contract was already signed, so the couple walked down the aisle the next day. George was drunk at the ceremony and only slept with his wife three times, twice on their wedding night and once the next night, the newlyweds kept separate rooms in the Carlton house so they could avoid each other three times had apparently been enough. since exactly 9 months after the wedding Caroline gave birth to a girl and was baptized Charlotte Austa in honor of her two grandmothers, although the popularity of the Royal Family was in the dumpster, the birth of the second in the row of the throne was celebrated throughout the country as a ray of hope.
Prince George was disappointed to have a daughter, but the king preferred girls and cherished his first legitimate grandson. He hoped the baby would help reconcile his parents. She didn't do it 3 days after she was born. George Drew a will that bequeathed all his worldly goods to Mary and gave his wife one shilling. The will also dictated that Caroline would have no role in the upbringing of her daughter. Charlotte was cared for by nurses and governesses. Her mother was allowed a brief daily visit. Sometimes understanding nannies were allowed. That Caroline was alone with her daughter and even took her on carriage rides during which the crowd cheered the little

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George didn't know because he himself cared very little about her daughter and rarely visited her. Caroline could not stand the squalor of the Carlton household and moved out, leaving her one-year-old daughter behind. They were still allowed to see each other from time to time, but Charlotte was mainly used as a pawn in the battles of her estranged parents. she. Despite this unstable upbringing, she grew up healthy and cheerful, she had a warm heart, but she was Reckless when she was eight years old her father took her out of the Carlton house to make more room for her lover.
Charlotte was given her own rooms in the nearby War house. Her father fired the babysitters who had raised her for being too friendly with Carol Line now that she was surrounded by strangers who were paid to be there. Her new girl loved Charlotte, but she was too kind to discipline her. . She brought her own grandson George, 5 years old, to be the princess's playmate. The boys were Bosom Buddies and Charlotte displayed various unladylike behaviors such as riding horses and getting into fights. George later recalled an incident in which a crowd gathered outside hoping to catch a glimpse of the princess.
The two children joined the crowd and no one noticed that Charlotte was among them. Her grandfather sent the Bishop of Salsbury to tutor her, hoping that a religious education would make her honorable and obedient to her. Queen Charlotte paid little attention to her humming and she only learned what she wanted. She grimaced behind the bishop's back and caused her ladies to stifle giggles once when a politician came calling. Just as the princess was heading to the stable, she whipped him on the backside with her riding crop and scolded him for getting in her way. The princess enjoyed music and she became a skilled pianist when she was 10 years old.
Her father got it into his head that he could divorce her mother, remarry, and replace her with a son. Caroline had been raising an orphan and the prince suspected that the child might be her illegitimate child with another man, while the husband being expected to commit adultery for the wives was absolutely abhorrent and the prince raised grounds for divorce. While an investigation into his wife's conduct was underway, he forbade Charlotte from seeing her mother once when mother and daughter looked at each other in the park. Caroline, fearful of her husband's wrath, ignored her deeply hurt daughter.
The investigation found no evidence of irregularity. To the prince's horrifying disappointment when he entered adolescence, the court was shocked by his undignified behavior. She leaned back instead of perching allowing her ankle-length bloomers to show that she greeted men with a handshake and direct eye contact rather than demure and loved to swear to get a promotion. Outside of Stuffy Corders, the only thing her father admired was that she was a fearless horsewoman, she thought nothing of jumping fences, which terrified Lesser in 1810. King George began his final descent into mental illness, talking incessantly, blaming foaming at the mouth, rampaging through the palace, and having imaginary conversations with his three dead children.
Historians continue to debate whether he suffered from bipolar disorder or some other affliction. Charlotte, 13, loved her grandfather and, saddened by her condition, she should have been present when her father took the oath. as Prince Regent before the Privy Council, he instead rode his horse back and forth through the gardens trying to catch a glimpse of the ceremony. Through the windows, the Prince Regent saw his daughter not as an heiress but as a rival for the public's affections. In the contest he was easily winning one of the few things father and daughter had in common was his liberal ideas, but when George was granted the power of Monarch, he became more conservative and did not call for wigs to The charge.
Charlotte was outraged and at the Opera she made clear her rejection of her father's politics by blowing kisses to the leader of the wigs, Earl Grey. George had spent his youth rebelling against his strict parents, so he was even stricter with his own daughter. He gave her a pittance for clothing and insisted that she attend. the opera sat in the back and left before the end she had to spend most of her time with her bored maiden aunts Charlotte began flirting with her first cousin George Fitzclarence, the illegitimate son of Prince William, Duke of Clarence, when he was called to Going into the army she transferred her infatuation to Charles Hass, illegitimate son of Prince Frederick, Duke of York, the couple managed many clandestine meetings, her governess looked the other way and her mother possibly lived vicariously through her daughter's passions, He even allowed the young couple to be alone in it. room for several hours Charles's father, the Duke of York, was Charlotte's second father.
He sent her the novel Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austin. She loved it and responded that she identified with Maryanne when Charlotte was 17 years old. Her father should have formally introduced her. her to society, but since he didn't mind, the Duke of York took it upon himself to organize a ball in honor of her niece at her luxurious property in Oaklands. She had a wonderful time dancing and talking to interesting young people her father attended, but he ignored her. she sprained her ankle and tried to steal the show by complaining loudly after he left in a huff the party continued now that Charlotte was out in society her personality really showed at a dinner the topic of the suppression of Irish Catholics was a heated one. debate Charlotte boldly defended Irish Catholics every tear of yours could wash away the guilt of a father cry for your tears are virtues auspicious tears for these suffering eyes and may every drop in future years be rewarded to you by the smiles of your people public opinion was clearly in favor of Charlotte, so George had no choice but to invite At the opening of parliament, the crowd threw gravel at his carriage and attacked the regent, while Charlotte was greeted with joy, which she returned with smiles and enthusiastic greetings to punish her for her popularity.
Her father fired her household staff and fired everyone who had raised her. He installed a new, much stricter government that was not appropriate for a 17-year-old woman. When Charlotte protested that she was old enough to have her own home, he roared back that she would

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grant him that freedom until she married for him. this reason. The regent saw a use for his daughter now that the Napoleonic Wars were going in Britain's favor he wanted an alliance with the Netherlands decided that Charlotte should marry William Hereditary Prince of Orange invited the prince to London but William made a bad impression on him. the King's birthday, when he and all the other men present got drunk and slipped under the table, Charlotte, who was eager for freedom, gave him another chance, but the more she got to know William, the less she liked him, he was not particularly attractive nor good. looking, she preferred bad and handsome boys and William was a toast with milk, years later he was known for having several homosexual affairs, so perhaps Charlotte realized that her interest was more political than passionate.
Public opinion was also against Charlotte marrying an heir to a different throne. The couple would have to divide their time between her kingdom and Charlotte's friends warned her that if she moved to Holland, her father would probably try to put herPublic opinion against him would resume his demand to divorce his mother Remar and replace her with a son, but The Prince Regent pushed hard for the marriage, arranged another meeting and then demanded to know what his daughter thought of William. Charlotte responded elegantly that she quite liked her. George took this as acceptance and began drafting a marriage contract.
Charlotte reluctantly agreed. engagement as long as the contract stipulated that she would not have to leave Britain against her will, but the more she saw other more attracted bachelors like Prince Augustus of Prussia, the more dissatisfied she was with her fiancé, so she pulled out some theory of games. During a dance, Charlotte informed William that when they were married her mother would come to live with them, this was unacceptable to him, so he broke off the agreement. Later that night, while trying to avoid her recently ex-fiancé, she She ran into Tar Alexander of Russia, he advised her that if she wanted to reconcile with William she could find him in the room at the end of the hall, as he expected Charlotte to come down the hall. she faced Hall and she ran into the sar's candidate for her hand, Prince Leopold of Sock Cber Seld.
The handsome German lieutenant general had spent much of his youth at the imperial court and fighting against Napoleon in the Russian army, when Charlotte saw him and asked him why he had not yet visited her, to which he replied: allow me to correct my omission when the prince regent learned that his daughter had sunk his future son-in-law. He was furious, he sent her home again and informed her that she would be transferred. to Cranborne Lodge in Windsor to live in isolation, she enraged Charlotte ran out into the street but she had no money or experience on how to navigate the world.
A man, seeing her distress, helped her into a Hackney taxi that took her to her mother's house. A warrant was issued for her arrest and he sent the Duke of York to drag her home he gently persuaded Charlotte to return to her father the press made much of the fugitive princess and public opinion against the prince regent grew darker during her isolation Charlotte was not given There was no ink, so she used milk to smuggle a letter to her uncle, Prince Augustus, Duke of Sussex, who asked the Conservative prime minister when he would grant the princess her own establishment so that could live free from his father.
The prime minister went directly to the prince regent. who reprimanded her brother for interfering her brothers never spoke of her again while she was locked up Charlotte imagined Prince Augustus of Prussia as the White Knight who would rescue her from her. She was heartbroken when she received a letter from him returning her locket and kindly informing her that he was After becoming engaged to someone else, George received news that the Orange Prince was marrying a Russian Grand Duchess with both their hopes dashed and during After a long talk after Christmas dinner, father and daughter accepted an alternative candidate, Prince Leupold, who became the princess's new candidate.
He imagined the night in shining armour, but he was involved in the Napoleonic Wars and it took him 18 months to return to London when he finally arrived, the couple were reunited and Charlotte was not disappointed, writing: I find him charming and go to bed more happy that I have never in my life made a princess, I think I have never been presented in life with such prospects of happiness, real, domestic as other people. The Prince Regent was also impressed with Leopold and his advisors convinced him that the marriage had been his idea from the beginning. Parliament quickly passed a bill naturalizing Leopold as a British citizen and granted the couple a generous allowance to establish their own home on May 2, 1816.
Crowds filled the streets to catch a glimpse of the golden couple. Charlotte's wedding dress cost more than $10,000, about $550,000 today. I was lucky enough to see it at Buckingham Palace and it is truly stunning, embroidered with silver flowers and shells and edged in Brussels. The only misstep in the beautiful ceremony was when Charlotte laughed when her impoverished groom promised to endow her with his worldly goods. The happy couple spent their honeymoon in Oatlands. Charlotte wrote in her diary that Leopold was the perfection of a lover. On the second day, the Prince Regent visited and spent two hours boring Leupold with descriptions of military uniforms.
Charlotte took it in stride and was glad that her father was in a good mood, her relationship was happier than Charlotte had ever imagined. Leopold's firm character calmed her anxiety and he wrote that they never tired of each other's company, but were happy to be together every hour of the day when they returned to London for the social season. and settled into the newly purchased Claremont house, they attended the Opera, where their public displays of affection thrilled the crowd who cheered them and broke into the national anthem as the couple watched the Opera. Charlotte became suddenly ill and had to be rushed home.
It became apparent that she was suffering a miscarriage a few months later, another loss followed, but by April 1817 she was already 4 months old and the couple felt comfortable with the prince regent. Public interest in the royal baby was huge and bets were placed on whether she would be a prince or princess after two miscarriages Charlotte was understandably nervous and followed the advice of her doctor Richard Croft. By August she had gained a lot of weight and bloating. Croft feared the baby was abnormally large and put her in a bed with a limited diet. rest and bleed regularly.
Leopold's good friend and doctor, Christian Stockmar, considered this prenatal care barbaric, but he refused to join the team because he believed that, as a foreigner, if something went wrong, he would be blamed. Charlotte became weak and depressed when a trunk of baby clothes arrived, she ordered her cing ladies to put them away because she was sure she was going to die. She was due on October 19, but contractions didn't start until November 3. At that time she was too weak to deliver the baby. She worked for 50 hours during which Croft denied her food, an obstetrician was called, but Croft refused to allow her to use forceps to deliver the baby.
Forceps were relatively new and in a time before antiseptics. They carried a high risk of introducing infections on the night of November 5. Charlotte eventually gave birth to a stillborn son 9B. Her efforts to resuscitate him, including rubbing mustard on his back, failed. There were signs that Al had been alive only hours earlier, so the forceps could have saved his life. Charlotte and Leopold were heartbroken, but she seemed fine. and she comforted them to know that they had plenty of time to have more children. Leopold, who had remained with his wife throughout the entire ordeal, was given a sedative and collapsed on the bed.
Charlotte was cleaned up, put to bed and given a Camford Julip to stimulate her heart. After midnight, she began vomiting and complaining of abdominal pain. Crof discovered that she was hemorrhaging and sent Stockar to wake the unconscious prince. Stockar returned to Charlotte, who grabbed his hand and told him that they had made me. Tipsy Stockar laughed again to try to wake the prince, but she returned. When she heard Charlotte scream loudly, she ran back into the room and found her dead. The public outpouring of grief was enormous. The drapers ran out of black cloth and the shops, yards and docks closed for 2 weeks, it was as if every household in Britain had lost a favorite son, the Prince Regent, was prostrated by grief and drama, He wasn't exactly a king, he didn't dare attend the funeral.
Charlotte was buried with her son at her feet in the royal vault of St. George's Chapel. In Windsor, the public raised money to erect a moving monument to the princess and her son. Public blame for the loss of two generations of monarchs in one night fell on the Prince Regent for not attending the birth of his daughter and on Dr. Richard Croft. Modern medical historians suspect that Charlotte suffered from gestational diabetes and preeclampsia, her placenta also ruptured and Croft skillfully manually removed it saving her life at least once, but Charlotte's dangerous combination of conditions would be high risk even today. and with the limited medical knowledge of the 19th century, Croft had little chance of saving her no matter the decisions he made, however, he was overcome with guilt 3 months later, while caring for another woman in labor, he left room, found a gun and shot himself as a result of the triple obstetric tragedy, early death of the mother, the son and the doctor.
Intervention that included forceps during prolonged labor became much more popular. Charlotte's mother, Caroline, who had fled to the continent, fainted when she was informed of the death of her son when Lord Byron was informed that she opened her window and screamed in the street and then began working on a poem. gloomy. Even William Prince of Orange burst into tears, but the saddest person of all was Prince Leapold. He spent days refusing to leave his body for years. He couldn't stand being around carefree people. He left England and only returned in 1819 for the baptism of his niece.
Without Charlotte, the monarchy desperately needed an heir, so the prince regent's younger brothers were offered generous allowances if they would leave their lovers. Mar married foreign princesses and legitimate heirs of the SED. Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, married Leopold's younger sister, Victoria, and they won the reproductive game with her daughter. Victoria who would continue to reign for 63 years but one has to wonder what the story would have been If instead of the Victorian era we had the charlatan era 13 years after Charlotte's death in 1830 Belgium G became independent from the Netherlands and they offered the new Throne to Leopold, who became king Leopold, after his heartbreaking first marriage, planned to never urinate again, but to found a new dynasty he needed an heir, he married Luisa de Orón and they had four children.
Leopold named his only daughter Carlota after the long lost love of her life, she would change her name to Carada and become the Habsburg Empress of Mexico. She had a fascinating and ultimately tragic life of her own and in next week's episode we will meet her. I don't want to wait to see the next episode, backers get exclusive early access to all of my multi-part series. If you want to join my patreon and help me make more fascinating videos, click the link in the description, thanks for watching.

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