From the Journal of Mrs. Arbuthnot, March 24, 1822
The Duke (of Wellington) told us a good story he heard from Lady Cowper (above). When she was at Brighton the King talked to her of her mother, Lady Melbourne (by whom the King was supposed to have had a son, Geo Lamb) and said he used, during her last illness, to walk across the parade to her house every day, see her constantly and said that at last she died in his arms!! Lady Cowper knowing all the time that for the last ten days of her mother's life she never was out of her room and that, so far from the King calling to see her or having her die in his arms, he never even sent to enquire after her. This is lying with a vengeance!
Labels: Duke of Wellington, George IV, Kristine Hughes