Why bracelet with the initials ‘G’ and ‘F’ caused Diana to become ‘obsessed with Camilla’


CAMILLA, the Duchess of Cornwall, once Camilla Parker Bowles, has been married to Prince Charles since 2005. However, their relationship goes a long way back, as tonight’s Camilla: Making of a Mistress on Channel 5 will explore.

In the programme, experts reveal how a bracelet with a mysterious message let led Diana to discover romance between Charles and Camilla before she even married the Prince of Wales. While the bracelet had the initials “G” and “F”, young Diana worked out the connection.

Royal biographer Penny explained the discovery came from a gift Charles made to his friend Camilla.

“Shortly before his wedding, Charles wanted to thank a number of women who had been kind to him over the years of his bachelorhood and Camilla was one of them,” Penny explained.

Charles had a bespoke bracelet made with a pair of initials on them.

However, the secret code might have been hard to crack as the item alluded to his and Camilla’s nicknames for one another.

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The bracelet featured the initials “G” and “F”.

Penny went on: “Diana found this bracelet that Charles had specially made for Camilla.

“It had the initials GF on it, and she immediately realised it was for Camilla.”

Wesley Kerr OBE, a royal commentator, explained the connection.

He said: “When Prince Charles was growing up a very, very popular show on the radio was The Goon Show.

“There were two characters in it called Gladys and Fred who were lovers and these were the nicknames from very, very early on that Charles and Camilla gave each other.”

Sadly, the discovery had a negative impact on Diana’s relationship with Camilla.

Unsurprisingly, it caused the soon-to-be wife to focus on the Prince’s past with Camilla, who was already married to Andrew Parker-Bowles when the bracelet was discovered.

Charles and Camilla when they were younger

Camilla Parker Bowles news: A bracelet with a mysterious message let led Diana to discover romance (Image: GETTY)

Editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine and royal writer Ingrid Seward noted: “I really hurt her and she became obsessed. She became obsessed with Camilla.”

History documented the end of Diana and Charles’ marriage, and they divorced in 1996.

In 1999 Charles and Camilla made their first public appearance together at the Ritz Hotel in London.

In February 2005 Charles and Camilla became engaged.

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Why has the couple has so much longevity in their romance?

A relationship expert discussed the couple.

International dating and relationship coach Sami Wunder said: “Now this is a couple that has collected a lot of negative publicity and yet when you look at their love there is something admirable about it, there is something that has stood the test of time.

“It is inspiring for everyone else to watch.”


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