Prince Charles left ‘devastated’ after Lord Mountbatten’s assassination

Prince Charles left ‘devastated’ after Lord Mountbatten’s assassination

November 15, 2020

Lord Mountbatten played a significant part in the upbringing of Prince Charles as he dealt with a troubled life at school.

And Mountbatten's granddaughter India Hicks has spoken to Daily Star Online about the pair's special relationship as The Crown season four is released on Netflix.

During Charles' younger years, the pair often wrote to each other with many claiming the young Prince found it easier to talk to his uncle and friend, rather than share his matters with the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.

Throughout seasons one to three of The Crown, Lord Mountbatten has played a crucial role inside the Royal Family, offering advice to Charles during his troubled school life and encouraging him to end his relationship with the then, Camilla Shand (Camilla Parker Bowles).

Speaking exclusively to Daily Star Online, Prince Charles' goddaughter and Mountbatten's granddaughter, India Hicks, has spoken candidly about the relationship between the two military men.

"I am very proud to have him as my grandfather. And in that role of service, one could say that he was, as we all know, a mentor to the Prince of Wales," she said.

India, 53, went on to say: "I think it is it is easy for people to forget how difficult it must be for someone like the Prince of Wales to live a life where you are born into that role, you're not you don't choose it. You're born into it and there's no escaping it either.

"For him to have had my grandfather as a mentor would have been very meaningful for him because I imagine it is probably a difficult life that he led to begin with, in those formative years.

"You know, how do you pick your friends at school? Who do you know he's been getting to like you or not? Or who's just taking advantage of your role or who you are?"

The mum-of-five who served as a bridesmaid at the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana believes that it must have been "very lonely" for Charles as he made his way through school and his early years in the military.

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"I think to have a great uncle who's who is a mentor to you, who has also led a life of service and public duty, probably was very valuable to the Prince of Wales

"His own parents [the Queen and Prince Philip] were of a different generation and different upbringing and were also fantastically busy, you know, especially at that time. So I think for him to be able to lean on my grandfather would have been a great help. And I think that must have been a very special relationship between the two of them," she recalled.

Prince Charles and The Royal Family were dealt a shattering blow on August 27, 1979, when Lord Mountbatten was murdered.

The last Viceroy of India was assassinated by the Irish Republican Army during a fishing trip, close to his family home in Ireland.

IRA member Thomas McMahon had placed a radio-controlled bomb under the Prince's boat which was later detonated just yards away from the shore.

India, who was just 11 when Lord Mountbatten was killed added: "So when my grandfather was murdered, it must have been absolutely devastating for the Prince of Wales."

While living in The Bahamas, India has partnered with disaster relief agency Global Empowerment Mission and provided support on the ground shortly after Hurricane Dorian in August 2019.

The author continues her work for the organisation as well as the Harbour Island Foodbank, who provide food for those who lose their jobs following the shut down in The Bahamas.

The Crown season four is available to stream on Netflix, now.

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