Camilla’s relationship with Charles to be revealed on The Crown ‘People will be surprised’

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CAMILLA’S relationship with Prince Charles will be explored on the new season of The Crown, with viewers set to be “surprised”.

Camilla Shand, later Camilla Parker Bowles and now the Duchess of Cornwall, will be played by Esther Fennell in season three of the popular Netflix royal drama. Josh O’Connor is taking on the role of Charles and the new episodes will reveal the beginnings of the Prince’s decades-long romance with Camilla. Ms Fennell admitted she was “surprised” when she learned more about the royal couple’s relationship.

Long before the supposed feud between Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle the royal drama that gripped the world was the breakdown of Prince Charles and Princess Dianas marriage GETTY
Long before the supposed feud between Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle the royal drama that gripped the world was the breakdown of Prince Charles and Princess Dianas marriage GETTY

She told Vanity Fair: “I was surprised the most by their relationship when they were really young.

“I didn’t really know that they had a serious relationship that pre-dated their current relationship.

“I think people will be surprised to learn they experienced great challenges in both their lives, and were able to maintain a strong bond through it all.”

Meghan Markle news Prince Charles funds Meghans work wardrobe Image GETTY
Meghan Markle news Prince Charles funds Meghans work wardrobe Image GETTY

The actress added: “The weird thing about Camilla Parker Bowles, there’s very, very little about her as a young woman – which is quite freeing.

It means that I’ve been able to get a sense of her rather than being able to do a mimicry.

“There’s almost nothing of her. No footage of her voice, and maybe only a handful of photos. So I’ve been quite lucky in that regard. I got off fairly lightly.”

Charles and Camilla first dated in the early 1970s.

Charles and Camilla have just returned from the Caribbean Photo C GETTY IMAGES
Charles and Camilla have just returned from the Caribbean Photo C GETTY IMAGES

At the time, Charles was busy with his military career but Camilla is said to have broken his heart when she married Andrew Parker Bowles in 1973 while he was away with the navy

The prince went on to wed Diana in 1981, after coming under high pressure to find a wife and settle down.

Charles and Camilla’s romance never fizzled out, despite their marriages.

Charles and Diana during their tour of Germany in The two used the media to address the problems in their marriage
Charles and Diana during their tour of Germany in The two used the media to address the problems in their marriage

Diana and Charles split in 1992 and divorced in 1996, while Camilla and Andrew ended their marriage in 1995.

It came after Charles publicly admitted in a 1994 documentary that he was not faithful to Diana.

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles first dated in but split up when he joined the Royal Navy
Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles first dated in but split up when he joined the Royal Navy

A year later in her explosive Panorama interview, Diana famously said there were “three of us” in her marriage in reference to Camilla.

Diana died in a tragic car crash in 1997 and several years later Charles and Camilla went public with their romance, marrying in 2005.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK