CAMILLA Parker Bowles has always dealt with the reputation of being the ”third person” in the marriage between Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
The Duchess of Cornwall’s relationship with Charles, which spans over forty years, is more than just a scandalous affair. Today the royal couple are happily married but, before reaching marital bliss they had to tackle royal scandal, tabloid drama and even tragedy in order to maintain their love. Prince Charles did not lose his affection for Camilla even after the death of Princess Diana in 1997.
Although Camilla was thrown into the mess and was constantly called the “home-wrecker”, she “did not complain or speak out” according to biographer Jessica Jayne.
According to Ms Jayne: “She and Prince Charles patiently waited as the agony and the public pouring of grief over Diana’s death ebbed away” before in 1998, when Prince Charles took the step of introducing Camilla to his eldest son, Prince William.
The meeting seemed to have gone well, although Camilla was nervous about how she would be received by William, according to Ms Jayne’s royal biography.
In the book, “Prince Charles Biography: The Life of the Prince of Wales and Future King of England”, the author describes how in 1999, after attending a party celebrating the 50th birthday of Camilla’s sister, the couple was photographed in public together they left the Ritz hotel.
It was reportedly a sign that their relationship was “official”.
In the same year, Camilla accompanied Charles and William and Harry on a holiday cruise to the Greek Islands.
The book claims: “Although the young princes may have acknowledged Camilla’s role in their father’s life at this point, Charles knew that there was still one obstacle, and that was the Queen Mother.”
Ms Jayne added: “The Queen Mother may have perceived that Prince Charles and Camilla’s relationship was reminiscent of the relationship of the Duke of Windsor, Edward VIII, with Wallis Simpson.”
King Edward VIII fell in love with Wallis Simpson, who was twice a divorcee, and their romance eventually leading to his abdication in order to marry the American woman.
The ministers of the United Kingdom and the Dominions strongly opposed the marriage, believing that the public would not accept a divorced woman with two living ex-husbands as queen.
Edward abdicated, thus leaving his younger brother, the current Queen’s father, ill-prepared for the role as king.
Ms Jayne said in her biography on Prince Charles that “The Queen Mother was horrified that Prince Charles and the late princess put love before their duty to the nation.
“As a result, she refused to meet Camilla and absolutely forbid the name of the woman to be mentioned in her presence.
“Prince Charles did not dare marry Camilla as long as the Queen Mother was alive, fearing of losing her respect.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK