Camilla Parker Bowles was blamed for the breakdown of Prince Charles’ marriage to Princess Diana and suffered horrendous public criticism as a result.
Princess Diana would never have fathomed her life would be as tempestuous as it turned out to be when she faced the press for the first time after her engagement to Prince Charles in 1981.
An evidently blushing, giggling and besotted Diana had said they were very much in love in a BBC TV interview before Charles’ “whatever in-love means” reply. In one of Prince Charles’ Biography, by Jessica Jayne, the author describes how Charles was at the centre of public fury after his marriage to Diana collapsed.
It was an interview which changed a lot of things.
In an infamous 1995 Panorama interview, Diana blamed the breakdown of her marriage on Charles’ mistress, Camilla. She told Martin Bashir: “There were three of us in this marriage. So it was a bit crowded”.
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Princess Diana also said about a pair of cuff-links that Camilla gave to Charles with two C’s entwined. Those two C’s stood for Charles and Camilla. Then there was the bracelet that the Prince of Wales gave Camilla with the letters F&G. Those letters stood for Fred and Gladys, their pet names for each other.
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Although Charles said it was a gift from a friend to another, Diana was too jealous to believe him.
He apparently also brought with him two photographs of Camilla Parker Bowles to his honeymoon with Diana. Those pictures, he tucked inside his diary. Royal expert Jessica Jayne claims: “The public was soon angry at Charles for ditching Diana for someone who had bad teeth from smoking and hair dandruff”.
“The Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, who was not pretty and was a year older than Charles, was seen as the home-wrecker. She was constantly harassed by the press for her role in the failure of the royal marriage”. However, Prince Charles had difficulty justifying a marriage to the very earthy but non-aristocratic Camilla as she was no princess material.
Also read: Prince Charles And Camilla’s Wedding Day Was Filled With So Much Intense Drama Says The Queen.
The book, published in 2012, reveals that “Charles gravitated towards older women who gave him the kind of love and understanding that his mother seemed to fail to give him”. Prince Charles’ mother was busy at being Queen.
At times she went away on extended trips and leaving Charles and Princess Anne to their nannies.
Ms Jayne added: “This partly affected Prince Charles in a way that he grew sensitive and shy. He had traits that were different from those of his other siblings. Then he met Camilla, a person who combined both the mother and the aspect of a passionate lover”.