CAMILLA Parker Bowles was blamed for the breakdown of Prince Charles’ marriage to Princess Diana and suffered horrendous public criticism as a result, a royal expert has claimed.
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Princess Diana would never have fathomed her life would be as tempestuous as it turned out to be when she faced the press for the first time after her engagement to Prince Charles in 1981. An evidently blushing, giggling and besotted Diana had said they were very much in love in a BBC TV interview before Charles’ now infamous “whatever in-love means” reply. In “Prince Charles Biography: The Life of the Prince of Wales and Future King of England”, by Jessica Jayne, the author describes how Prince Charles was at the centre of public fury after his marriage to Princess Diana collapsed
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In an infamous 1995 Panorama interview, Diana blamed the breakdown of her marriage on Charles’ mistress, Camilla, telling Martin Bashir: “There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.”
Princess Diana also said about a pair of cufflinks that Camilla gave Prince Charles with two C’s entwined, which stood for Charles and Camilla.
Then there was the bracelet that Charles gave Camilla with the letters F & G, which stood for Fred and Gladys, their pet names for each other.
Although Prince Charles said it was a gift from a friend to another, Diana was too jealous to believe him.
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He apparently also brought with him two photographs of Camilla to his honeymoon with Diana, which he tucked inside his diary.
Royal expert Jessica Jayne claims: “The public was soon angry at Charles for ditching Diana for someone who had bad teeth from smoking and hair dandruff.
“Camilla, who was not pretty and was a year older than Charles, was seen as the home-wrecker and was constantly harassed by the press for her role in the failure of the royal marriage.”
However, the Prince of Wales had difficulty justifying a marriage to the “very earthy” but non-aristocratic Camilla as she was “not princess material”.
The book, published in 2012, reveals that “Prince Charles gravitated towards older women who gave him the kind of love and understanding that his mother seemed to fail to give him”.
Prince Charles’ mother was a busy Queen, at times going away on extended trips and leaving Charles and Princess Anne to their nannies.
Ms Jayne added: “This partly affected Charles in a way that he grew sensitive and shy, traits that were different from those of his other siblings.
“Then he met Camilla, a person who combined both the mother aspect and the passionate lover.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK