This article caught my eye because it repeats the old story about Princess Diana fans throwing bread rolls at Prince Charles's then-mistress, Camilla Parker Bowles (who, of course, is now his second wife).
The article says Camilla's supposed bread-pelting was due to "anger at Diana's death." But I heard this story BEFORE Diana's death! I remember being told about it in an online chat room by Diana fans who weren't angry at all. They were simply amused by the rumor (OK, very amused), and they hoped that Diana had heard about it, too.
I don't know if the infamous Supermarket Incident ever happened, but the way this story is apparently being used today — as evidence that Camilla was treated as a scapegoat after Diana's death — makes me suspect that it didn't happen at all, that it's a legend like Marie Antoinette's famous non-quote, "Let them eat cake."
But it appears that possibly someone really did say, "Let them eat cake," or words to that effect. It just wasn't Marie Antoinette. So who knows: Maybe the Supermarket Incident did happen, but Charles and Camilla were the ones in that supermarket, pelting Princess Diana with bread rolls. Uh oh. I hope I didn't just start another rumor.
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Yes, it really did happen. Camilla really did get pelted with bread rolls when she was shopping for groceries and still married to Andrew Parker Bowles. This happened BEFORE Diana's death and before her divorce from Charles.
I live in Texas and my husband died in 2005, and because of that, I lost interest in a lot of things I enjoyed which included my "most favorite hobby – European Royalty" … but, now, I'm trying to RE-enter the human race again … which means RE-visiting my old hobbies. I kept up with Charles and Camilla quite regularly and I remember this incident quite vividly.
I'm glad someone else remembers hearing that anecdote before Diana's death! I'm sorry for your loss, but glad to welcome you back to the world of royalty. There's always something interesting going on.
I think it's a myth. I'm sure I've heard it de-bunked somewhere or other.
For what it's worth, Clarence House has always denied it.
Interesting, L., thank you for the link.