A new book, by Lady Colin Campbell, going on sale coming next month, claims that a domestic help, a French cook with the name Marguerite Rodiere, was the mother of Queen Mother Elizabeth Bowes Lyon.
Expectedly the book is raising much controversy in the U.K.
According to the book titled The Queen Mother, The untold story of Elizabeth Bowes Lyon, Who became Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, the family’s French cook, Rodiere, gave birth to the Queen Mother in an arrangement that was “an early version of surrogacy.”
According to Lady Colin, the practice was not unusual among British upper classes.
How the author substantiates her claim:
The Queen Mother who was born in August 1900, as the fourth daughter of Lord Glamis, 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne; has courted controversy about her birth not only the latest past; but also during her life time. The author of the new book offers the following to support her assertions:
1) According to the author, It is also not certain whether she was born in the back of a London ambulance or the family home, St. Paul’s Waldenbury, in Hertfordshire. The exact date of her birth is also disputed. The author claimed that the truth about the Queen Mother’s birth was known to her brother-in-law, David. Daily Mail reports she wrote: “As King Edward VIII, David had access to all the information about Elizabeth’s secret which was not so secret in aristocratic and royal circles. When he discovered, to his horror, that Elizabeth was actively scheming with his own courtiers to undermine his position as king and prevent him from marrying the woman he loved, he used the wealth of access at his disposal to circumvent his own private and deputy private secretaries and obtain sight of the documents, which confirmed that Elizabeth had been born, not of 4th August as supposed, but on 3rd August at St Paul’s Waldenbury to Marguerite Rodiere.”
2) The author claims that the fact is, royal and aristocratic circles had been alight for decades with the story that Elizabeth Bowes Lyon, while undoubtedly the daughter of the 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, was not the child of his wife Cecilia, nor was her younger brother David, born nearly two years after her on 2nd May, 1902. The two Benjamins, as they were known in the Bowes Lyon family were supposedly the children of Marguerite Rodiere, an attractive and pleasant Frenchwoman who had been the cook at St Paul’s Waldenbury.
3) The Queen Mother had a French middle name, Marguerite. Lady Colin explained that the Queen Mother’s nickname “Cookie” came from the fact that she was born to her family’s French cook.
The author acknowledges that none of us will ever know definitively unless DNA studies are done on Elizabeth and Cecilia to establish whether they shared a genetic link.
This is not the first time a book speculates on the parentage of the Queen Mother. Daily Mail reports that a U.S. author Kitty Kelley, in her book published in 1997 and titled The Royals, suggested that the Queen Mother was the daughter of a Welsh maid in the family’s castle in Scotland.
Royal Experts have written off the book as a desperate attempt to attract publicity.
Notably, the new allegation comes when the Queen is busy celebrating the Queen Mother’s Diamond Jubilee year.
by: Colin Campbell
publisher: St. Martin’s Press, published: 2012-04-24
sales rank: 6148
price: $19.79 (new)
About the Book:
Packed with stunning revelations, this is the inside story of The Queen Mother from the New York Times bestselling author who first revealed the truth about Princess Diana Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother has been called the “most successful queen since Cleopatra.” Her personality was so captivating that even her arch-enemy Wallis Simpson wrote about “her legendary charm.” Portrayed as a selfless partner to the King in the Oscar-winning movie The King’s Speech, The Queen Mother is most often remembered from her later years as the smiling granny with the pastel hats. When she died in 2002, just short of her 102nd birthday, she was praised for a long life well lived.
But there was another side to her story. For the first time, Lady Colin Campbell shows us that the untold life of the Queen Mother is far more fascinating and moving than the official version that has been peddled ever since she became royal in 1923. With unparalleled sources–including members of the Royal Family, aristocrats, and friends and relatives of Elizabeth herself—this mesmerizing account takes us inside the real and sometimes astonishing world of the royal family.