Morning present host Jenna Bush Hager mentioned Monday she had a “beautiful” dinner with then-Prince Charles the evening earlier than Queen Elizabeth II died, including that she thought that the timing of his mom’s passing was possible a “shock” to him.
“It was a stunning meal,” Bush Hager, the daughter of former President George W. Bush, mentioned on her present “Right this moment with Hoda & Jenna.” The journalist had flown to Scotland to satisfy with Camilla, then-Duchess of Cornwall, to debate her e book membership.
The interview, which had been a 12 months within the planning, was scheduled to occur on Thursday afternoon, simply hours earlier than the queen’s demise was introduced.
Now-Queen Consort Camilla missed dinner with Bush Hager and soon-to-be King Charles III that Wednesday evening as a result of the royal’s flight was delayed.
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Bush Hager mentioned Charles instructed her that his “darling spouse was so unhappy” she couldn’t make it for dinner. “He mentioned she will be able to’t wait to take a seat down with you tomorrow.”
Of the queen’s demise, Bush Hager mentioned, “I feel it was a shock, we had a beautiful night crammed with dialog that felt joyful… So I feel this was kind of a shock.”
Whereas the crew was organising for the interview the subsequent day at Dumfries Home, about 150 miles south of Balmoral Fortress the place the queen was, they heard Charles and Camilla’s groups “kind of operating up and down the halls” round two hours earlier than she was supposed to satisfy with Camilla.
“Up till then we had been speaking about whether or not we have been going to do the stroll and speak inside or outdoors,” she mentioned of the casualness main as much as phrase of the queen’s failing well being.
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“We heard noises” and a workforce member got here in and requested the digicam crew in the event that they may very well be “quiet, there’s a name,” she mentioned, including they have been close to Charles’ workplace. “They mentioned he’s on a name are you able to please be quiet.”
Quickly after, they heard a helicopter and somebody got here in to inform Bush Hager that the interview had been postponed as a result of Charles and Camilla had simply left for Balmoral Fortress.
“They mentioned the queen is ailing they usually’ve gone and rushed off to be along with her,” she mentioned. “We simply mentioned our hearts are with them.”
She admitted it was a “disappointment as a result of I can’t wait to speak books along with her,” including she didn’t know if the interview would nonetheless occur. “I feel proper now their hearts are clearly with their beloved mom, the queen, who has reigned for therefore many a long time and has additionally been the chief, the matriarch, of their household and held them collectively for therefore a few years, so our hearts are with them.”
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She known as the expertise “residing historical past.”
Charles, who grew to become king instantly after his mom died, instructed Prime Minister Liz Truss final week that her passing was the second “I have been dreading.”