PRINCE CHARLES revealed his infidelity to Diana with Camilla Parker Bowles in a bombshell interview and biography in 1994 – however Camilla’s friends and family had “no sympathy” for him and said he behaved like “an absolute pig”, a royal author writes.
Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, have now been happily married since 2005. However, during the Prince of Wales’ marriage to Princess Diana, the pair caused controversy when the prince admitted, in 1994, that he had been unfaithful to Diana after their marriage had irretrievably broken down. The revelation came in his authorised biography and a simultaneous interview with the BBC’s Jonathan Dimbleby, which had disastrous results for the princes’ public image.
Royal author Penny Junor, in her biography “The Duchess: The Untold Story”, describes how Camilla’s friends and family reacted to the sensational revelation.
Ms Junor writes: “Friends at the time said Camilla had begged the prince not to speak to Dimbleby, but this was not true – although it is true to say that she was annoyed with him.”
A friend of Camilla’s said at the time: “Frankly, Charles has behaved like and absolute pig and landed Camilla right in it.
“She has done absolutely nothing to deserve this after all the support she has given him over the years through difficult times.”
Her brother-in-law Simon Parker Bowles said: “Prince Charles does not have our sympathy at the moment.
“You can’t go back and blame your upbringing, or your parents, as he has done.
“That is wrong and very hurtful.
“Even if you feel like it, you don’t go around talking about it, particularly if you’re a member of the Royal Family.”
In addition to the infidelity revelation, the prince’s biography also delved into Charles’ difficult relationship with the Queen and Prince Philip.
It had disastrous consequences for the Prince of Wales’ public standing, with a poll in Today newspaper at the time suggesting that 84 percent of British people thought that he had damaged the image of the Royal Family by confessing the affair.
Ms Junor also recounts how, after the interview and biography, “Andrew (Parker Bowles’) hand was forced” into starting divorce proceedings against Camilla.
The royal biographer also discusses the breakdown of the Prince and Princess of Wales’ marriage, and says that Charles told Diana “I should never have married you” after one particularly heated row.
Ms Junor writes: “When the princess threw an ornament at him in the midst of yet another screaming match, the prince finally lost his cool and said, ‘I should have have listened to [the prince’s cousin] Norton. He said I should never have married you.’”
Source: HELLO MAGAZINE