The Princess Grows Fond Of Lady Douglas

‘The Princess was a constant visitor. Thrusting aside her attendant, she would rush straight upstairs for a long tête à tête with her beloved Lady Douglas, pouring out her admiration of her beauty, and her own complaints against her husband and other members of the Royal Family, and indulging in confidences about the babies with which she was beginning to surround herself at Montague House, while hinting that one, not yet born, was her own. She described in unattractive detail the symptoms of her pregnancy.This strange woman, who in adolescence, it may be remembered, successfully enacted the throes of childbirth in order to frighten her parents and get her own way, was now presenting a travesty of motherhood, which might seem pathetic had it not been performed, as ever with Caroline, so aggressively and with such preposterous bravado.’
caroline and lady douglas
[an extract from ‘Prinny’s Daughter: A Biography of Princess Charlotte of Wales’ by Thea Home]

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