The romantic relationship between Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, goes back almost 50 years, although they were only married for 15 years.
Although having an affair that shook the British royal family, the pair were married to other individuals.
From the beginning, however, it was obvious that they were meant for each other. Prince Charles, in truth, can pinpoint the exact moment he knew his soul mate was Camilla.
It was not permissible for Prince Charles to marry Camilla Parker Bowles
Prince Charles and Camilla met and fell in love back in the 1970s, but they’ve only been married since 2005.
Amid his added duties as heir to the royal throne, the prince was starting to find his feet. Camilla, meanwhile, was in an on-and-off relationship with Andrew Parker Bowles, her now-ex-husband.
When they first met, the prince was quickly carried away with Camilla.
Royal biographer Penny Juror wrote in The Duchess: Camilla Parker Bowles and the Love Affair That Rocked the Crown through Good Housekeeping: The Duchess was “in no way intimidated by him, not fawning or sycophantic,”
Unfortunately, for the future king, the royal family did not see Camilla as a suitable match.
Ultimately, when the prince was serving in the Royal Navy, she married Parker Bowles.
Here is the official Christmas card from the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall this year. pic.twitter.com/rL274Dpw2E- The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall (@ClarenceHouse) December 16, 2020 15 Surprising Secrets You Never Knew About Camilla Parker Bowles
The affair started with Camilla Parker Bowles and Prince Charles when they were both married to other people.
While in the 70s the couple was not allowed to marry, it did not stop them from remaining in the lives of each other. Currently, Prince Charles is Camilla’s son’s godfather.
During their respective marriages, the pair finally started an affair in the early ’80s. In his book Diana: Her True Story, the Royal biographer Andrew Morton wrote,
On unauthorized nighttime visits, Charles’ bodyguard was required to accompany the prince to see Camilla, while his cook and butler were told to cook dinner even though they knew Charles would be out with his mistress.
Charles’ valet was told to mark the television guide to make it look as though the prince had spent the night at home in front of the television. His staff were responsible for listening to the police radio to monitor Diana’s path to the hospital when Charles fractured his arm in a polo accident, so that they could get Camilla out of Charles’ room before the princess arrived.
Though Princess Diana was always wary of Charles and Camilla, when a private phone conversation between the pair was leaked to the press, their affair became public in 1992.
Wishing all of you a happy Christmas and a happier New Year here! Pic.twitter.com/M8479EHfZI-The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall (@ClarenceHouse) December 25, 2020 This is the moment that Prince Charles discovered that “The One” was Camilla Parker Bowles.
Even though Prince Charles thought that Princess Diana was an acceptable wife, he always knew that Camilla was his wife. In December 1972, he knew she was his soul mate.
That month, just before Charles’ eight-month stint in the Caribbean, the pair spent a long weekend together.
According to the book War of Brothers: William and Harry – The Inside Story of a Family in Chaos by royal biographer Robert Lacey, this was “the time when he first realized with certainty that he wanted to marry Camilla – that she was the soul mate of his life.”
But he didn’t have the confidence to say enough to her rightly or firmly.
By March 1973, Parker Bowles was engaged to Camilla. Gyles Brandreth, author of Charles and Camilla: Portrait of a Love Affair, wrote, “Charles declared his love, but not his hand. He whispered sweet nothings but said nothing of consequence. He made no commitment and asked for none,” “Sometimes the actions we don’t do are actually more significant than the ones we do.”