Prince Charles’ HEARTBREAK: How royal made shock decision over Camilla’s first wedding
Prince Charles was so distraught his now-wife Camilla was engaged to Andrew Parker Bowles he refused to attend the wedding of his ex-girlfriend at the time.
The future heir to the throne made the decision in anger after enjoying a whirlwind romance with a young Camilla Shand when the pair met in the Summer of 1972, a book on the prince has revealed.
Charles had found himself in the middle of an uneasy situation as Camilla’s then-boyfriend Mr Parker Bowles was away on Army Service.
But it was the arms of Mr Parker Bowles that Camilla returned to when Charles, then still in the Navy, left for the Caribbean in January 1973.
Two months later Mr Parker Bowles proposed to Camilla, after seven years of dating, with an engagement announcement published in the Times on March 15.
Prince Charles heard the news while docked at the English Harbour in Antigua, where he was “bereft”.
Writing in ‘Charles Prince of Wales’, royal author Gill Knappett said: “Charles and Camilla became the greatest of friends and on hearing the news of her engagement to Parker Bowles in March 1973, the Prince, on board the HMS Minerva in the West Indies, was bereft.
“Charles did not attend Andrew and Camilla’s wedding four months later, claiming he was duty-bound to attend Independence Day celebrations elsewhere, but he was godfather to their first child, Tom.”
Camilla and Mr Parker Bowles married in a Catholic ceremony at Guards’ Chapel in London on July 4, 1973, which was attended by the Queen Mother and Princess Anne.
On hearing the news of Camilla’s engagement to Parker Bowles in March 1973, the Prince was bereft
Prince Charles went on to share a very close relationship with his ex-girlfriend and her husband, who has made him godfather to their first child, Tom, just a few years after the nuptials.
Many years passed before Charles, 69, finally married Camilla, 70, in 2005, during a low key ceremony at Windsor Guildhall and Camilla was given an engagement ring that once belonged to his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.
The Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker-Bowles have today been married for 12 years, but the pair share a long and complicated history.
Prince Charles and Camilla Shand were love interests after meeting through a mutual friend Lucia Santa Cruz, who lived in the same block of flats as 25-year-old Camilla, in the summer of 1972.
But both married other people – Camilla married Andrew Parker-Bowles, a retired military officer, for 22 years but they divorced in 2005.
Charles married Princess Diana, the mother of Prince William and Prince Harry, in 1981.
When Charles and Diana split, the Princess of Wales revealed there were “three people” in their marriage, in a bitter swipe at the pair.
The princess made the comments in a bombshell interview with journalist Martin Bashir on BBC in 1995, which sent shockwaves around the world.
After Diana’s death, Charles and Camilla went public with their relationship, with Camilla attending a hunt with Charles, William and Harry.
The pair were first photographed together as a couple in January 1999 as they left the Ritz Hotel after celebrating a party for Camilla’s sister, Annabel.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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