Tale Of Heartbreak, Disappointment, And Resentment! Prince Charles And Camilla's Love Story Took Many Years In The Making
Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles, the Duchess of Cornwall, are celebrating their 13th wedding anniversary.
The couple both attended the Commonwealth Games in Australia to prepare for their future role as King and Queen of Britain.
Prince Charles and Camilla's romance
They have been married for 13 years, but the couple has a long and complicated history. They met at young age, but both married other people; Camilla married Andrew Parker-Bowles, a retired military officer, but the pair divorced in 2005.
Charles famously married Princess Diana, the mother of Prince William and Prince Harry. Here's a look back at the timeline of Charles and Camilla's romance.
Prince Charles met Camilla for the first time at a polo match in Windsor. The two, who were immediately attracted to one another, started dating not long after their first meeting. The couple dated up until 1971 when Charles joined the Royal Navy.
In July of 1973, Camilla married Andrew Parker Bowles, a powerful British Army officer, who had previously dated Prince Charles' younger sister, Princess Anne.
Prince Charles formally met 16-year-old Lady Diana Spencer while in a relationship with her older sister, Lady Sarah McCorquodale. Charles ended his relationship with Sarah and began courting Diana in 1980.
Charles proposed to Diana on February 6, 1981, and the engagement was officially announced on February 24th. That summer, Charles and Diana got married on July 29 at St. Paul's Cathedral in a fairytale wedding.
Despite being in high profile marriages, Charles and Camilla resumed their longtime love affair.
According to interview tapes recorded by Andrew Morton for the Princess of Wales' biography, Diana claims to have confronted Camilla at a party about the affair with Charles.
In November 1992, the press managed to release private tapes of intimate phone conversations between Charles and Camilla, confirming their affections for one another.
Two years after their separation, Charles confessed to adultery in a nationally televised interview where he names Camilla as his mistress.
Camilla and her husband Andrew officially announced their divorce. The two, who had been living apart for two years, decided to end their marriage.
Princess Diana was killed in a tragic car accident in Paris, and the world was turned upside down by the news.
A year after Diana's death, Charles formally introduced Camilla to his sons, William and Harry. Due to Diana's sudden death, Charles and Camilla opted to keep their relationship out of the public eye.
Getting married many years later
Charles and Camilla announced their engagement in February 2005, but the news caused public controversy and difficult political decisions, including the appropriate venue for their wedding ceremony.
Two months later, Prince Charles and Camilla finally married in a civil ceremony on April 9, 2005, at Windsor Guildhall. Prince William served as the best man, and Camilla's ex-husband and his second wife attended the ceremony.
The Queen and her husband, Prince Phillip, chose not to attend the wedding ceremony but made an appearance at the Service of Prayer and Dedication held at the St. George Chapel at Windsor Castle, as well as the reception afterward.
Diana had affairs too
While Prince Charles was certainly wrong to cheat on his wife, it seemed Diana also went outside of the marriage.
When it was clear that Charles had gone back to Camilla in 1986, Diana began a five-year affair with her riding instructor, James Hewitt. There were rumors of other infidelities as well.
James Gilbey, an alleged paramour during Diana’s marriage, was caught on tape having intimate phone conversations with the princess.
Barry Mannakee was reportedly the earliest of Diana’s illicit loves as her bodyguard and confidante.
Hasnat Khan, the Pakistani heart surgeon, was considered to have been the love of the princess’ life.
Despite all the drama, Camilla and Charles clearly have had a very deep and real love that has lasted for many decades.