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The Queen Caroline Affair, 1820: contemporary comment
The "Delicate Investigation" did not provide the Prince of Wales with such damning evidence of his wife's immorality that he could rid himself of her. The whole episode lowered him still further in public regard. To many it seemed monstrous that his wife should be arraigned for lapses which appeared less grave than his own. The Prince was mocked and lampooned, and he resented the attacks upon him. As his popularity waned, so Caroline's increased. In 1814 the Whigs demanded that her allowance should be increased; on 30 June she was accorded an annual grant of £50,000 Her response was that she would be happy to accept £35,000 so as to ease the taxpayers' burden. Then she she left for a period of residence abroad on the grounds that since the English Court would not give her the honours due to a Princess of Wales, she was content to be 'Caroline, a happy merry soul'.
The press was divided into two camps during the Queen Caroline Affair
The press was divided into two camps during the Queen Caroline Affair. The Times supported Caroline while The New Times wrote in support of the government. (Robins 164) In August of 1820, shortly before the start of the trial, The Times published a ‘leaked’ letter from the Queen to King George IV. In reality, the letter was a work of fiction authored by journalist William Cobbett; however, the article accomplished its goal of endearing the public more to the cause of the Queen by exposing the ill treatment Caroline suffered at the hands of her husband. (Fraser 410)
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