Princess Diana and Prince Charles had a rough start even before they got married.
Camilla Parker Bowles’ explosive biography is ready to be released to mark her 70th birthday. And the book, written by royal authot Penny Junor, reveals a number of surprising details about the love triangle involving the duchess of Cornwall, Princess Diana and Prince Charles based on testimonies of their closest family and friends.
Most knew Diana as sweet and charming. Prince Charles also felt the same up until their engagement. However, in the early stages of their relationship, a few of his friends had already been concerned about their romance because Princess Diana was apparently “badly educated, naïve and – by her own admission – immature,” as quoted by Daily Mail.
Nicholas Soames, later to become a Tory MP, and Norton Romsey, the grandson of Earl Mountbatten, agreed that there was an intellectual gap between Diana and Charles. In addition to this, Norton’s wife, Penny Romsey, had been worried that Princess Diana was more in love with the concept of him than the man himself. She was reportedly heard saying, “If I am lucky enough to be the Princess of Wales…” The trio was suspicious because they noticed that Diana had gone after Charles with a single purpose and that was to please him.
Princess Diana and Parker Bowles started as good friends because the latter was pleased with how the former would help around the house whenever Prince Charles brought her to the Parker Bowles home. Princess Diana was also noticeably good with Camilla’s children with then-husband Andrew Parker Bowles. However, Diana was not aware of the former romance between Camilla and Prince Charles before she married Andrew.
In the biography, it was claimed that Parker Bowles and Prince Charles apparently loved each other very much. In fact, when Parker Bowles was about to marry her first husband, Prince Charles sent her a letter asking her to stop the impending wedding. The Prince of Wales found it cruel that “such a blissful, peaceful and mutually happy relationship” would only last for six months. However, Parker Bowles pushed through with the wedding despite his plea. The book then claimed that Andrew had been unfaithful to her during their marriage.
When Princess Diana found out Parker Bowles and Prince Charles’ past, she reportedly changed. She became moody, willful and unpredictable. She became jealous of anyone he spent time with, including Queen Elizabeth.
Parker Bowles put some distance between the royal family and herself when she found out that Princess Diana was anxious about her. She even turned down a number of Prince Charles’ invitations. On the other hand, Charles assured Diana that there would be no other woman aside from her. He pushed through with their wedding despite his initial hesitation because he thought things would be better once they got married. Prince Charles reportedly wept the night before his wedding with Diana.
Unfortunately, things didn’t work out for the Prince and Princess of Wales. They ended in divorce. Princess Diana died in a car accident with her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, in 1997. Prince Charles and Parker Bowles reunited and got married on April 9, 2005. According to The Mirror, before Princess Diana died, she had already accepted that Parker Bowles was the love of Prince Charles’ life.
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