Camilla ‘taking Diana’s place’ after Charles ‘broke her heart’
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Queen Camilla Parker Bowles, 75, and King Charles III, 74, married in April 2005 but had been dating for many years prior even whilst married to his late wife Princess Diana.
According to US reporter, Deborah Roberts, some people in America still view the ever popular Princess Diana as the rightful heir to becoming Queen, as this weekend King Charles’s Coronation is set to take place.
She shared with Radio Times: “Charles is a man who a lot of people associate with breaking Princess Diana’s heart, and Camilla is going to be referred to as Queen, not Queen Consort, so there’s that feeling that another woman is taking Diana’s place next to the king on the throne. “
Deborah also claimed Americans have not warmed to “austere and standoffish” Charles.
Before King Charles married Princess Diana in 1981, he was apparently already smitten with his former girlfriend, Camilla.
Their now decades-long romance has been well-documented in royal history books, documentaries hit series The Crown, and even Prince Harry’s memoir, Spare.
It is believed that Prince Charles met Camilla at a polo match in Windsor Great Park in 1970.
Charles joined the Royal Navy in 1971, and despite beginning to date Camilla, the relationship apparently cooled when the prince returned to duty.
People reported, “Although the smitten prince courted her for six months, he failed to propose before returning to sea in February 1973.”
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After Charles left for his naval duties, Camilla rekindled her relationship with Andrew Parker Bowles, whom she first met at a party back in 1965. The two ultimately married on July 4, 1973.
Camilla and Andrew subsequently had two children together: daughter Laura Parker Bowles and son Tom Parker Bowles.
When Lady Diana first met Prince Charles, he was dating her sister, Lady Sarah (née Spencer, now McCorquodale).
Diana was just 16 years old at the time. The Guardian described McCorquodale as “a former girlfriend of Prince Charles,” and quoted her as saying, “I introduced them. I’m Cupid.”
Diana and Charles’s engagement was announced on February 24, 1981, and they were married just a few months later, on July 29. Diana had just turned 20, while Prince Charles was 32.
Charles and Diana went on to have two children—Prince William in 1982 and Prince Harry in 1984—before divorcing.
Having allegedly had an on-off connection in years prior, Charles and Camilla allegedly rekindled their physical relationship in 1986, while they were both married to other people and raising families, according to People.
In a 1995 interview for BBC One’s Panorama, Diana famously said, “There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded,” speaking of Camilla.
Read the full interview in this week’s Radio Times – out now.
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