Prince Charles & Camilla Parker-Bowles

Camilla Parker Bowles and Prince Charles
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Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles have been married for 16 years. They were dating for 35 years after getting together in 1970. After 1 month of engagement they married on 9th Apr 2005.

On Screen Matchups

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles have been in 3 on-screen matchups, notably The Royal Wedding(2011), The Diamond Jubilee Concert(2012) and The Diamond Queen(2012).

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Prince Charles is a 73 year old British Royal. Born Military career on 14th November, 1948 in Buckingham Palace, Westminster, London, England, UK, he is famous for Heir apparent to the British throne. His zodiac sign is Scorpio.

Camilla Parker-Bowles is a 74 year old British Royal. Born Camilla Rosemary Shand on 17th July, 1947 in King's College Hospital, London, England, she is famous for Prince Charles' wife, former mistress. Her zodiac sign is Cancer.

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Relationship Statistics

StatusDurationLength
Dating1970 - 10th Feb 2005 35 years, 1 month
Engaged10th Feb 2005 - 9th Apr 2005 1 month, 28 days
Married9th Apr 2005 - present 16 years, 9 months
Total 1970 - present 52 years


(April 9, 2005 - present)
Camilla and Prince Charles reportedly met in the year 1970. Though Camilla and Charles belonged to the same social circle and occasionally attended the same events, they had not formally met. Their biographer Brandreth states the couple did not first meet at a polo match, as it has been commonly believed. Instead, they first met at the home of their friend Lucia Santa Cruz, who formally introduced them. They became close friends and eventually began seeing one another, which was well known within their social circle. When they became a couple, they regularly met at polo matches at Smith's Lawn in Windsor Great Park, where Charles often played polo. They also became part of a set at Annabel's in Berkeley Square. As the relationship grew more serious, Charles met Camilla's family in Plumpton and he introduced her to some members of his family. The relationship was put on hold after Charles travelled overseas to join the Royal Navy in early 1973; however, it ended abruptly afterward.
There have been different statements on why the couple's relationship ended in 1973. Robert Lacey wrote in his 2008 book, Royal: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, that Charles had met Camilla too early, and that he had not asked her to wait for him when he went overseas for military duties. Sarah Bradford wrote in her 2007 book, Diana, that a member of the close circle of his great-uncle Lord Mountbatten claimed Mountbatten arranged for Charles to be taken overseas to end the relationship with Camilla to make way for an engagement between Charles and his granddaughter Amanda Knatchbull. Some sources suggest Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother did not approve of the marriage because she wanted Charles to marry one of the Spencer family granddaughters of her close friend, Lady Fermoy. Other sources also suggest Camilla did not want to marry Charles but instead wanted to marry Andrew Parker Bowles since she had an on and off relationship with Parker Bowles that began in the late 1960s or that Charles had decided he would not marry until he was thirty years old.
Overall, the majority of royal biographers have agreed that even if Charles and Camilla wanted to marry or did try for approval to get married, it would have been declined, because according to Charles's cousin and godmother Patricia Mountbatten, some palace courtiers at that time found Camilla unsuitable as a wife for the future king. In 2005, she stated, "With hindsight, you can say that Charles should have married Camilla when he first had the chance. They were ideally suited, we know that now. But it wasn't possible."[...] "it wouldn't have been possible, not then."[...] When Charles heard of the engagement of Camilla and Andrew Parker Bowles in 1973, he wrote to Lord Mountbatten: "I suppose the feeling of emptiness will pass eventually." Nevertheless, they remained friends. In August 1979, Lord Mountbatten was assassinated by the IRA. Charles was grief-stricken by his death and allegedly relied heavily on Camilla for solace. During this period, rumours began circulating among close friends of the Parker Bowles and polo playing communities that they had rekindled their intimate relationship. A source close to Camilla confirmed that by 1980 they had indeed rekindled as lovers. However, there are also claims by royal staff it occurred earlier. Reportedly, Camilla's husband approved of the affair, while he had numerous lovers throughout their marriage. In 1981, Charles married Lady Diana Spencer.
The affair became public knowledge in the press a decade later, with the publication of Diana: Her True Story in 1992, followed by the Camillagate tape scandal in 1993, wherein an intimate telephone conversation between Camilla and Charles was secretly recorded and the transcripts were published in the tabloids. The book and tape immediately damaged Charles's public image. Meanwhile, the media vilified Camilla. In 1994, Charles finally spoke about his relationship with Camilla in a televised interview with Jonathan Dimbleby. He told Dimbleby in the interview, "Mrs. Parker Bowles is a great friend of mine...a friend for a very long time. She will continue to be a friend for a very long time." He later admitted in the interview that the relationship between him and Camilla rekindled after his marriage had "irretrievably broken down" in 1986. Following this, the Parker Bowleses jointly filed for a divorce later in 1994, having been living apart for some time. A year later, Andrew Parker Bowles married Rosemary Pitman (who died in 2010) and in 1996, Charles and Diana divorced.

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Relationship Timeline

9th April, 2005 - Marriage

9th April, 2005 - Marriage

10th February, 2005 - Engagement

1970 - Hookup

Couple Comparison

Name
Prince Charles
Camilla Parker-Bowles
Prince Charles
Camilla Parker-Bowles
Age (at start of relationship)
21
22
Height
Male
5' 10" (178 cm)
Female
5' 4½" (164 cm)
Zodiac
Scorpio
Cancer
Occupation
Royalty
Royalty
Hair Color
Salt and Pepper
Grey
Eye Color
Blue
Blue
Nationality
British
British
Religion
Anglican / Episcopalian
Anglican / Episcopalian

Onscreen Matchups

  • The Royal Wedding The Royal Wedding 2011
  • The Diamond Jubilee Concert The Diamond Jubilee Concert 2012
  • The Diamond Queen The Diamond Queen 2012

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Posted commentsView all comments (3)

sexywomansexywomanJan 30, 2018

It already got me very stressful and authority with Prince Charles and Camilla Parker for reason, so everyone really miss/love Princess Diana as not for Camilla Parker Bowles.

lauraSep 25, 2009

I hope Prince Charles will not become King. I am wondering whether Camilla would marry Prince Charles if Prince Charles is not born into the royal family and a poor beggar.

junebug1954Sep 20, 2008

I wish them the best, and he looks happier than he ever did in any of his pictures. The only comment that I need to make about Camilla is that I find it in extreme bad taste that she has been photographed wearing jewels and tiaras worn by Diana. That is no way to win over the public despite the Palace saying it is at the Queen`s disgression to loan out royal family jewels, etc. There are many tiaras and other jewels she should choose from and set her own image and not that of the late Princess of Wales. Overall, I wish them the most happiness they can find.


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