PRINCE CHARLES married Princess Diana in 1981 in what was one of the most watched moments of the decade.
Prince Charles The moment when Charles’s life changed (Image GETTY)
Before that, Charles’s bachelorhood was well known as he had several girlfriends including Lady Sarah Spencer and Camilla Shand. Indeed, writing in her book, ‘Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life’, Sally Badell Smith termed Prince Charles’s life before the marriage as “a career bachelor”. However, also within that same book, Ms Badell Smith revealed the moment when Charles changed.
Referencing a moment at the Queen’s 1978 Royal Ascot party, Ms Badell Smith spoke of the moment when Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall joined the party and instantly changed Charles’s mood.
Ms Badell Smith wrote: “The only time Charles brightened up was on the second day when the Tryons and Parker Bowleses came to lunch.
“‘His mood completely changed,’ said one of the guests.”
Shortly after that, Charles began seeing Camilla for a brief time.
Prince Charles: Charles married Diana in 1981 (Image GETTY)
Camilla and Charles’s timeline (Image Express)
Ms Badell Smith added: “‘They were not often alone together but they talked frequently and at length on the telephone, and in the process their feeling for each other’ wrote Dimbleby.”
Years later, Charles and Camilla married in 2005.
Moreover, the pair have been happily married since 2005 and recently celebrated their 14th wedding anniversary in April.
However, in the immediate years after Diana’s death, Camilla and Charles’s relationship was in its infancy.
Prince Charles and Camilla married in 2005 (Image GETTY)
The pair had wished to reveal their relationship before Diana passed away something that royal biographer, Penny Junor confirmed.
Writing in her book, ‘The Firm’ Ms Junor wrote: “Before Diana’s death they had been on the verge of coming out.
“They were two weeks away from a spectacular party to raise money for the National Osteoporosis Society at Camilla’s sister Annabel’s antique business in Dorset.
“Seven hundred invitations had been sent out, at £100 apiece, and although nothing was official there were plans for the prince to pay a surprise visit to the party.
“It would have been a giant step along the path to making Camilla a legitimate part of the prince’s life – the phrase he used time and again – which was his ultimate goal.
“But those and every other plan screeched to a halted that Sunday in August when Britons awoke to the shocking news that Diana, Princess of Wales, had been killed in a car crash.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK