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Thatcher came under pressure from right wing backbenchers
by Anthony Holden

Thatcher came under pressure from right wing backbenchers
to shut up the Prince of Wales and there was a deal
done between them where he did actually shut up in the end.
- Anthony Holden

What it was at the time was literally a plea for,
to get the pressure off for a while,
to give her space to breathe.
She was very unhappy.
She was feeling pretty claustrophobic.
- Anthony Holden

When the magistrate says 'That's not a good enough reason my man.'
He said 'Excuse me,
could I ask you? Have you taken an oath of allegiance to the Monarch?'
- Anthony Holden

I think the relation between the monarchy and the press
is very much a two-way street.
- Anthony Holden

 

I went on a long trip through South America with Prince
Charles where I was the only journalist there -
a couple of photographers but no other writers.
- Anthony Holden

While the 1980 book was being serialized in the Sunday Times,
Charles attacked it through the Observer.
- Anthony Holden

We could have a political movement going if it had
been properly organized but the Monarchy's done itself
enormous damage possibly beyond the point of long-term recovery.
- Anthony Holden

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If you have an anecdote from one source,
you file it away.
If you hear it again, it may be true.
Then the more times you hear it the less likely it is to be true.
- Anthony Holden

What it means is that some of Charles' press secretaries
have been better than others as some of the Queen's
press secretaries have been better than others.
- Anthony Holden

It was delightful but, of course, it was pretty insulting
to my professional reputation.
- Anthony Holden

I mean Buckingham Palace has never hired a professional
public relations outfit let alone a Madison Avenue
type and they would throw up their hands in horror at the very idea.
- Anthony Holden

What was funny if you were there is that we were all
immensely sophisticated people who knew exactly what
she was going to say and we're chatting away,
nice to see you.
- Anthony Holden

I remember a moment when the Prince went back to his old school,
Grammar School in Melbourne, and slightly to his horror
his old music teacher produced a cello.
- Anthony Holden

As somebody who's been writing about this subject for
getting on twenty years now,
it's astonishing how the climate has changed in the last five years.
- Anthony Holden

Not merely can people like me write things that would
never have been printed before but I think an enormously
dramatic change has taken place in public opinion,
possibly for the wrong reasons.
- Anthony Holden

He did once say the time to worry is when they stop
writing about you but again I think that was pretty
token of the coverage was very respectful,
he rather resented the intrusions on his private life,
but that was about it.
- Anthony Holden

I first got to know Charles in the late seventies when
I wrote an article and then a book about him and I
think at the time he came across as quite appealing,
it was probably the height of his popularity.
- Anthony Holden

It's a problem for him because he's got -
like Edward VII had -
nearly all his lifetime to wait until he becomes Monarch.
What is he going to do with it? So he wants to do something
positive but he always courts those dangers.
- Anthony Holden

Among other things they picked out a detail that Charles
had been offered the Governorship of Hong Kong in its
dying days by Thatcher in return for shutting up about the inner cities.
He quite rightly in my view led the paper on this story.
- Anthony Holden

The architect, Peter Arens who is the monstrous carbuncle architect,
not merely did his design which had won a public competition
never get built but his practice suffered financially for some years.
- Anthony Holden

Well I'm a very similar age to Prince Charles.
I'm a year older than him.
I was at university at the same time as him.
I think in the sixties, like all the Royals,
he really had very little impact on my life at all and he seemed,
if anything a lot older in his attitudes.
- Anthony Holden

But, of course, she didn't mean that she was going
to retire from public life and only when the Queen
removed her HRH some years later did she actually drop
a hundred charities and just kept five.
- Anthony Holden

I decided he'd changed so much that a whole new book
was required and that book actually I can say so was
the first to say that the marriage was in trouble and
the Prince didn't like at all and my book was being
serialized in the Sunday Times over five weeks.
- Anthony Holden

When the young Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret were growing up,
that was at it's height and the War cemented that with
photographs of the Royal Family having breakfast together and so on,
by pinning their reputation so firmly on that particular issue.
- Anthony Holden

I think her friends were worried that the bulimia might come back,
about some psychological slide, and she was given breathing
space to some extent by the media as much as she ever has been.
- Anthony Holden

A close associate of his gave an interview in which
the book was described as quotes 'fiction from being to end'.
I suffered trial by tabloid for a couple of weeks,
lots of insults in the press, in the columns -
this man should be put in the tower and so on.
- Anthony Holden

Charles was very intent to use his years as Prince
of Wales to make his mark while he still had freedom
of maneuver that he wouldn't have as King.
The first subject he really went for was architecture.
It made an impact.
- Anthony Holden

You do now have one in three people,
as shown by the famous Carlton Monarchy debate poll,
saying they want to get rid of the Monarchy.
That was unthinkable even three, four years ago.
- Anthony Holden

That was par for the course but I also found that commissions
were being canceled and in fact I considered this directly libelous -
I write biographies for a living as well as being a journalist -
for a non fiction book to be called fiction from beginning to end.
- Anthony Holden

I personally felt that his ad hominen attacks on British
architects were not the sort of thing a Prince of Wales should be doing because,
apart from anything else, they put various people out of business.
- Anthony Holden

I've always said, since I got to know him and wrote about him,
that he's the generation he least appeals to is his
own and I think in many ways he was born middle-aged
and that's become apparent in recent years.
- Anthony Holden

They tend to be civil servants, often diplomats drawn from the Foreign Office,
who may be very pleasant, intelligent people,
but once they get inside the Palace they're riveted
to the status quo and they lose track of public opinion in the real world.
- Anthony Holden

Well the wedding in the words of the Archbishop of
Canterbury was a fairy tale and there was a huge public impress,
investment of goodwill, affection and indeed money in this Institution.
It was a huge success at the time.
- Anthony Holden

I don't accept at all the quite popular argument that
the press is responsible for the monarchy's recent troubles.
The monarchy's responsible for the monarchy's recent troubles.
To blame the press is the old thing of blaming the
messenger for the message.
- Anthony Holden

The Princess's so-called 'time and space speech' at
the end of '93 about a year after the formal separation,
looking back on it it's called her retirement from
public life but we've seen in fact it's nothing of the kind.
- Anthony Holden

Well-behaved women seldom make history.
- Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end.
It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing;
it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it.
- Margaret Thatcher

Being a leader is like being a lady,
if you have to go around telling people you are one, you aren't.
- Margaret Thatcher

The battle for women's rights has been largely won.
- Margaret Thatcher

To wear your heart on your sleeve isn't a very good plan;
you should wear it inside,
where it functions best.
- Margaret Thatcher

I believe Mrs.
Thatcher's emphasis on enterprise was right.
- Gene Fowler

But let me tell you, this gender thing is history.
You're looking at a guy who sat down with Margaret
Thatcher across the table and talked about serious issues.
- George H. W. Bush

Margaret Thatcher, growing up in a bombed and battered Britain,
derived a distrust which has grown with the years not
just of Germany but of all continental Europe.
- Douglas Hurd

A world without nuclear weapons would be less stable
and more dangerous for all of us.
- Margaret Thatcher

The first two Prime Ministers whom I served,
Ted Heath and Margaret Thatcher drew strikingly different
lessons from the Second World War.
- Douglas Hurd

I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.
- Margaret Thatcher

Being powerful is like being a lady.
If you have to tell people you are, you aren't.
- Margaret Thatcher

Any woman who understands the problems of running a
home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.
- Margaret Thatcher

For the first time perhaps since Margaret Thatcher,
we will have at the head of the Conservative Party
someone who is genuinely an equal match for Tony Blair.
- Tim Yeo

Democratic nations must try to find ways to starve
the terrorist and the hijacker of the oxygen of publicity on which they depend.
- Margaret Thatcher

It is not the creation of wealth that is wrong,
but the love of money for its own sake.
- Margaret Thatcher

For us she is not the iron lady.
She is the kind, dear Mrs.
Thatcher.
- Alexander Dubcek

They didn't even like Margaret Thatcher but at least
there was Margaret Thatcher.
There have been women, you know, Sonia Gandhi for heaven's sakes in India.
- Kate Clinton

Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous;
you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.
- Margaret Thatcher

It would have been a very, very good thing if the next
election after Margaret went we had lost.
- Denis Thatcher

I like Mr Gorbachev, we can do business together.
- Margaret Thatcher

If you want to cut your own throat, don't come to me for a bandage.
- Margaret Thatcher

Of course it's the same old story.
Truth usually is the same old story.
- Margaret Thatcher

I don't know what reception I'm at, but for God's sake give me a gin and tonic.
- Denis Thatcher

People think that at the top there isn't much room.
They tend to think of it as an Everest.
My message is that there is tons of room at the top.
- Margaret Thatcher

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.
- Margaret Thatcher

Power is like being a lady...
if you have to tell people you are, you aren't.
- Margaret Thatcher

There is no such thing as society: there are individual men and women,
and there are families.
- Margaret Thatcher

It's passionately interesting for me that the things
that I learned in a small town,
in a very modest home, are just the things that I believe have won the election.
- Margaret Thatcher

I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly
wounding because I think,
well, if they attack one personally,
it means they have not a single political argument left.
- Margaret Thatcher

I wasn't absolutely too sure where the Falklands was,
and I didn't want to make a bloody fool of myself.
- Denis Thatcher

One of the things being in politics has taught me is
that men are not a reasoned or reasonable sex.
- Margaret Thatcher

We were told our campaign wasn't sufficiently slick.
We regard that as a compliment.
- Margaret Thatcher

To cure the British disease with socialism was like
trying to cure leukaemia with leeches.
- Margaret Thatcher

What Britain needs is an iron lady.
- Margaret Thatcher

What it meant to me: a happy life, of course,
companionship, of course.
A common objective, I think.
- Denis Thatcher


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