A Princess and Her Chamberlain
Caroline became so infuriated with her treatment in London in 1814 that she summoned her court and sailed for the European continent, embarking on a whirlwind tour from Hamburg in the north to Naples in southern Europe. For Gell it was a trying time as he had to attend the princess, standing behind her, on endless formal occasions, and he was already suffering severely from gout. But he fell in love with Italy and submitted his resignation to Caroline in Naples. She was hurt and angry but rewarded him with a pension that was his primary income for the next several years. Naples was to be Gell’s primary residence for the rest of his life.