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Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles Relationship Timeline, The Crown

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles Relationship Timeline, The Crown

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles Relationship Timeline, The Crown

For many years, Camilla Parker-Bowles (née Shand) was painted because the intrusive third social gathering within the romance between Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana. With the arrival of The Crown season 3, that narrative was re-examined. Showrunner Peter Morgan informed Leisure Weekly, “Individuals at all times assume Charles cheated on Diana with Camilla. It is completely the mistaken method spherical. He was deeply in love with Camilla and compelled to marry Diana.”

The couple’s against-all-odds relationship continues to play a job in The Crown because the present progresses. Within the fourth season, launched in 2020, after Camilla is married off to longtime beau Andrew Parker-Bowles, Charles is inspired to discover a spouse who will comply with the principles. Enter Diana, who matches the invoice of a super Princess of Wales at first look. However, as royal fans know all too effectively, Charles’s timeless love for Camilla causes his organized marriage to crumble.

Whereas that chapter of The Crown would not solid one of the best mild on Charles and Camilla, she reportedly deliberate to look at the season. A supply informed Vainness Honest royal reporter Katie Nicholl that Camilla watched pervious seasons of the Netflix present and would seemingly see season 4. “I think about she’ll be tuning in with a glass of pink wine to look at it, she has seen the earlier collection,” a buddy of the Duchess informed Nicholl. “She has an exquisite humorousness and this gained’t fuss her within the slightest.”

Now, in season 5, The Crown continues to concentrate on Charles and Camilla’s growing romance because the prince’s marriage to Princess Diana unravels. However that additionally contains the pitfalls, like Diana’s explosive interview saying “there have been three of us on this marriage” and the notorious “Camillagate” leaked telephone name. Of their performances, the solid confirmed empathy to the real-life royals they painting.

“We each felt that we wished to do proper by our characters,” Dominic West, who performs Charles this season, informed Leisure Weekly. “We felt the chances have been barely stacked towards their relationship and we wished to attempt to carry it throughout in as sympathetic a light-weight as we might.”

As Charles (West) and Camilla’s (Olivia Williams) forbidden love story and triangle with Diana (Elizabeth Debicki) unfolds on the Netflix collection, relive the royals’ real-life romance under.

1970 or ’71

There are a number of conflicting experiences about how Charles and Camilla met, historian and The Crown advisor Robert Lacey writes in The Crown: The Official Companion Quantity 2. Charles swears they met via their buddy (and his ex), Lucia Santa Cruz, and Cruz corroborated this in later interviews. Historian Sally Bedell Smith, writer of Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Unbelievable Life, additionally confirms this, telling, “Charles fell immediately in love, and Camilla, who had been relationship Andrew Parker Bowles on and off for six years, was prepared for some enjoyable with the Prince of Wales.”

Nevertheless, different experiences state Charles and Camilla met within the early ’70s at a polo match in Windsor Nice Park, whereas Individuals reported in 1992 that the couple met at a celebration in 1972 the place Camilla’s opening line to Charles was allegedly, “My great-grandmother was the mistress of your great-great-grandfather. I really feel we have now one thing in frequent.” (Camilla references this truth in The Crown‘s third and fourth seasons.)

In The Crown‘s season 3, the couple’s assembly is not proven. What is depicted is how their bond fashioned by way of non-public conferences and calls. Royal biographer Penny Junor chronicles Charles’ infatuation in The Duchess: The Untold Story: “He beloved the truth that she smiled along with her eyes in addition to her mouth, and laughed on the identical foolish issues as he did. Briefly, he was very taken along with her, and after that first assembly he started ringing her up.” It is necessary to notice that though Camilla was from an upper-class background, she wasn’t aristocratic, making her a lower than appropriate accomplice for Charles within the eyes of the monarchy. Moreover, Camilla had a popularity for relationship numerous males, and Patricia Mountbatten, daughter of Lord Mountbatten (“Uncle Dickie”), informed Smith, “you didn’t need a previous that hung about.”

A younger Prince Charles and Camilla Shand at a Windsor Nice Park polo match in 1975.

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Camilla and Charles spent numerous time collectively this yr, in line with Lacey, going to Annabel’s nightclub in London’s Berkeley Sq. collectively and visiting Camilla’s household in Sussex on the weekends. The 2 additionally stayed at Lord Mountbatten’s Hampshire property, Broadlands, when the prince educated for the Royal Navy at Portsmouth. Uncle Dickie was very keen on Camilla and thought she could be an acceptable mistress for Charles.

Nevertheless, Lacey cites biographer Sarah Bradford, who experiences that when Mountbatten realized how severe Charles was with Camilla, he organized for Charles to be assigned to the West Indies for an eight-month interval, as proven within the ninth episode of The Crown season 3. (The Queen Mom was seemingly not concerned within the scheming.) Individuals reported in that 1992 piece, “Though the smitten prince courted her for six months, he did not suggest earlier than returning to sea in February 1973.” Lacey cites Caroline Graham’s Camilla and Charles, which quotes Camilla as telling a buddy in 1972, “I really like Charles very a lot however I merely cannot neglect about Andrew…I consider him on a regular basis. Is it potential to like two males on the identical time?”


On July 4, Camilla married British Military captain Andrew Parker Bowles, a former boyfriend who was beforehand linked to Princess Anne. Camilla and Andrew would go on to have two youngsters collectively, son Tom in 1974 and daughter Laura in 1978. Charles is even Tom’s godfather.

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Camilla and Andrew at their July 1973 marriage ceremony.

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Junor writes in her ebook that Camilla’s marriage solely intensified Charles’ eager for her. “It was solely when she was irretrievably gone that the Prince realized what he had misplaced,” she wrote in The Duchess: The Untold Story.


Charles and Camilla’s friendship continued after her marriage, they usually have been photographed collectively at a polo match this yr.


Then-Diana Spencer entered the image. In one other twisted relationship internet, Charles first met a 16-year-old Diana whereas he was courting her sister, Woman Sarah. Sarah not solely authorised of the connection between her former beau and Diana, however is quoted saying, “I launched them. I am Cupid.”

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Prince Charles and Diana on their honeymoon in Scotland in 1981.

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Diana would later describe her meet-cute with Charles in a 1981 post-engagement interview: “It was 1977, Charles got here to remain. He was a buddy of my sister Sarah’s. [He came] for a [hunting] shoot. We form of met in a plowed subject.”

In The Crown‘s fourth season, this assembly is fictionalized, involving Diana sporting a fancy dress for a college manufacturing of A Midsummer Night time’s Dream. Shortly after Charles meets Diana, he is proven calling Sarah and asking for her sister’s contact data. After a searching weekend at Balmoral, Charles calls Camilla to inform her that Diana was “a triumph.” He goes on to say that Prince Philip “made the household place painfully clear. They need me to marry her.” Camilla responds, “The best one was at all times going to return alongside.”

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Camilla and Charles noticed collectively in 1979.

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In actual life, Camilla was part of Charles’s life throughout this time, showing by his aspect at a polo match in 1979. “Curiously, and with an ominousness that was to turn out to be clear solely years later, Andrew and Camilla Parker Bowles have been current at most of Charles and Diana’s courtship venues—Sandringham, Balmoral, Windsor, on the properties of associates,” The Telegraph reported in 2005.


Diana grew to become an acquaintance of Camilla’s (in public, anyway). They have been photographed collectively attending the Ludlow Races, the place Charles was competing. The 1992 Individuals article reported that Camilla even served because the Prince’s escort on an official go to to Zimbabwe. Her husband, Andrew Parker Bowles, was stationed there on the time.

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Diana and Camilla attending the 1980 Ludlow Races.

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Diana and Charles introduced their engagement on February 24 (there are experiences he popped the query in Andrew and Camilla’s backyard, however he truly proposed within the Windsor Fortress nursery) they usually have been married on July 29 in a ceremony watched by 750 million individuals.

In memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, who was killed in an automobile accident in Paris, France on August 31, 1997.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana leaving their 1981 marriage ceremony by way of carriage.

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Nevertheless, previous to the televised fairytale, Charles made a memorable remark throughout an interview during which he was requested if he and Diana have been in love. After Diana replied, “In fact,” Charles added, “No matter ‘in love’ means.”

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The Guardian describes Diana as “intensely jealous” of Charles and Camilla’s friendship at the moment. In line with royal biographer Andrew Morton, with whom Diana spoke in 1991, she scanned the room for Camilla at her marriage ceremony. “I knew she was in there, after all. I appeared for her,” Diana informed Morton. “So strolling down the aisle, I noticed Camilla, pale grey, veiled pillbox hat.” Morton additionally wrote that whereas opening marriage ceremony items, Diana allegedly discovered an engraved necklace meant for Camilla. Charles’ response was that “a sure period of time would at all times be put apart for Camilla.” Biographer Catherine Mayer confirmed this account in Charles: The Coronary heart of a King: “curled venomously amongst a pile of marriage ceremony presents and playing cards, Diana had found a bracelet bearing the initials ‘GF,’ meant for Camilla.” In line with The Mirror, Diana positioned the offending jewellery within the workplace of Charles’s non-public secretary, Michael Colborne.

An almost equivalent prevalence performs out on The Crown. Days earlier than Charles and Diana’s marriage ceremony, she finds sketches of a bracelet engraved with the letters “F” and “G.” These initials stand for Charles and Camilla’s pet names for each other—Fred and Gladys.

Charles and Diana go on to have two youngsters: Prince William in 1982 and Prince Harry in 1984.


In line with Individuals, Camilla and Charles formally started their affair throughout this time. That is the yr after Diana gifted him with a public efficiency of Billy Joel’s “Uptown Lady” on the Royal Opera Home. (In The Crown, that night ends with a serious combat and Charles heading to Gloucestershire for a gathering with Camilla.)

This efficiency truly occurred, though it isn’t completely confirmed that Charles’s response was as extreme as it’s in The Crown.

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As seen on The Crown season 4, Charles is concerned in an avalanche accident on a ski journey in Switzerland this yr. His buddy, Main Hugh Lindsay, is killed. Round this time, rumors abound concerning pressure in Charles and Diana’s marriage, together with hypothesis about Woman Di’s infidelity. As reported by TIME, Diana was linked to a number of suitors from 1986 till the tip of her marriage. On the time, rumors a couple of romance with James Hewitt made the rounds, as depicted within the fourth season. (Diana later admits to the Hewitt affair in a 1995 interview with BBC One’s Panorama, explored additional under.)


In June, Andrew Morton’s ebook Diana: Her True Story was launched. It included a number of tales about Diana’s jealousy of the connection between Charles and Camilla. In one interview Morton used for the ebook, Diana admits to confronting Camilla at a 1989 social gathering. “I do know what is going on on between you and Charles and I simply need you to know that. She mentioned to me: ‘You have obtained all the things you ever wished. You have obtained all the boys on the earth fall in love with you and you have two stunning youngsters, what extra would you like?’ So I mentioned, ‘I would like my husband.'”

That 1992 Individuals article additionally speculates about Charles’ place within the line of succession if he divorced Diana. Because the secular head of the Church of England, Individuals writes, he would seemingly not be capable of remarry, for the reason that church prohibits it.

In November, tapes of intimate telephone conversations between Charles and Camilla have been launched in a scandal known as Camillagate. “I wish to really feel my method alongside you, throughout you and up and down you and out and in…” Charles is heard saying within the specific recordings. The 1989 tapes confirmed the character of the his relationship with Camilla. A month later, Prime Minister John Main introduced Charles and Diana’s separation.

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Diana and Charles on their final official journey collectively, throughout a presidential banquet in Seoul, South Korea.

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Prince Charles permitted a TV documentary to be made about him, and it aired in June. When requested within the documentary if he had been “trustworthy and honorable” throughout his marriage to Diana, he responded, “Sure, sure…till it grew to become irretrievably damaged down, us each having tried,” per The New York Instances. When requested about Camilla he replied, “She has been a buddy for a really very long time—and can proceed to be a buddy for a really very long time.”

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Camilla formally filed for divorce from Andrew Parker-Bowles in January, after the 2 reportedly lived aside for 2 years.

Diana gave an unprecedented interview to BBC One’s Panorama in November. She admitted to her personal infidelity along with her former driving teacher James Hewitt. She additionally famously spoke about Charles and Camilla’s affair, saying, “There have been three of us on this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.” This second is immediately foreshadowed in The Crown‘s third season, when Princess Anne warns Charles that if he marries Camilla there might be “three individuals within the marriage,” together with Andrew.

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Public notion of the royal household was impacted throughout this time and led to a shakeup at Buckingham Palace. The New York Instances reported that inside a month of Diana’s interview, her press secretary resigned. She additionally skipped Christmas 1995 at Sandringham. Shortly after, the queen despatched Charles and Diana a letter letting them know {that a} speedy divorce was fascinating.


The couple finalized their divorce in August.


Diana tragically died on August 31 at age 36 after a automobile accident in Paris. The collision additionally ended the lives of her important different, businessman Dodi Fayed, and the driving force, Henri Paul.

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Princess Diana’s coffin leaving westminster abbey after the september 6, 1997 funeral.

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Royal aides confirmed a report from The Guardian that Prince William had met Camilla in 1998 and that Harry would meet her at a later date. “A clear marketing campaign to ‘introduce’ Mrs. Parker Bowles to public life started after Charles’s divorce. However it was deserted following the demise of Diana, Princess of Wales, final yr,” the publication claimed.


And so the marketing campaign started. In January, Charles and Camilla made their public debut as a pair. The Prince of Wales threw a fiftieth birthday celebration for Camilla’s sister on the Ritz Resort in London. Though the couple arrived individually, they have been photographed leaving the occasion collectively.

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Camilla and Charles leaving the Ritz Resort after the fiftieth birthday celebration for her sister.

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Different outings got here in Could and November, because the couple started attending theater and social features collectively.

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The brand new couple leaving the Royal Pageant Corridor after a efficiency of Hidden Views in 1999.

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Charles and Camilla exiting the West Finish’s albery theatre after a efficiency of

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Per the BBC, Queen Elizabeth refused to fulfill with Camilla for years, however that each one modified with one other birthday celebration. The monarch attended a sixtieth birthday celebration for the King of Greece at Charles’s residence, Highgrove. For the reason that queen knew that Camilla would even be there, the assembly was taken as a public seal of approval for the connection.

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Practically 30 years after first assembly, Charles and Camilla share their first public kiss at an occasion for The Nationwide Osteoporosis Society at Somerset Home in London. It was a noteworthy second for 2 causes: First, the open PDA. Second, Charles confirmed as much as assist Camilla in her position because the group’s patron. Earlier than then, Camilla had solely been seen accompanying Charles at his engagements.

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The couple sharing a kiss on the Nationwide Osteoporosis Society occasion.

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Subsequent, the couple moved into Clarence Home, Charles’s longtime residence. The royal household publicly declared that no British tax {dollars} could be utilized in any of Camilla’s renovations or decorations.

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Sharing fun throughout the Highland Video games in Scotland in 2003.

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Charles and Camilla introduced their engagement in February 2005.

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Attending a celebration at Windsor Fortress to have a good time the announcement of their engagement.

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On April 9, when Charles was 56 and Camilla 57, the couple married in a civil ceremony at Windsor Guildhall. Prince William served as finest man, whereas Camilla’s ex Andrew and his second spouse Rosemary attended. Not in attendance? The Queen and Prince Phillip, who forewent the ceremony for the reception and official blessing at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Fortress.

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Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall on their marriage ceremony day.

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Individuals reported that though Camilla had been invited by Prince William and Prince Harry to a memorial service for Diana, she wouldn’t go. The occasion marked the ten-year anniversary of the Princess of Wales’ demise. In a press release, the Duchess of Cornwall mentioned: “I accepted and wished to assist them, nonetheless, on reflection I imagine my attendance might divert consideration from the aim of the event which is to concentrate on the life and repair of Diana. I am grateful to my husband, William, and Harry for supporting my choice.”

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Arriving on the Ascot racecourse in Berkshire.

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When Camilla married Charles in 2005, it was determined that to ensure that Diana to stay the only Princess of Wales, Camilla would obtain the title Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall.

Nevertheless, in an interview with NBC’s Brian Williams, when requested, “Does the Duchess of Cornwall turn out to be Queen of England if and whenever you turn out to be the monarch?” the Prince answered, “That is effectively…we’ll see will not we? That might be.”

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Visiting St. Michael’s mount in marazion.

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Charles and Camilla attended William’s marriage ceremony to Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey.

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Arriving at Kate and William’s marriage ceremony at westminster abbey.

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Queen Elizabeth supplied Camilla extra official approval, naming her Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order. Later that yr, Camilla sat alongside the queen throughout a celebration of her Diamond Jubilee.

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Camilla and Queen Elizabeth throughout the Queen’s diamond jubilee.

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This yr marked Charles and Camilla’s tenth marriage ceremony anniversary. Clarence Home launched a photograph of the couple on the Balmoral property in Scotland, the locale for his or her honeymoon, to mark the event.

In an interview with CNN, Charles confirmed that he and Camilla have been stronger than ever. “It is at all times marvelous to have any person who, , you’re feeling understands and needs to encourage,” he mentioned about his spouse. “Though she definitely pokes enjoyable if I get too severe about issues. And all that helps.”

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The couple touring the Orokonui Ecosanctuary in New Zealand in 2015.

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On June 9, Camilla and Prince William have been added to the Privy Council, a gaggle of the Queen’s most senior advisors. This was extensively believed to make sure that each shall be current when Charles is topped king after the queen’s demise.

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Charles and Camilla on a go to to Croatia.

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In honor of her seventieth birthday, Camilla spoke to The Mail on Sunday about her life. She mentioned the early press consideration surrounding her romance with Charles: “It was horrid. It was a deeply disagreeable time and I wouldn’t wish to put my worst enemy via it,” she mentioned. “I couldn’t have survived it with out my household.”


The couple attended Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s marriage ceremony at Windsor Fortress, the place Charles walked the bride down the aisle.

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Charles and Camilla, alongside Meghan Markle’s mom doria ragland, on the steps of windsor fort after harry and meghan’s marriage ceremony.

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In 2019, the couple sipped mojitos whereas visiting Havana, Cuba—the primary time members of the royal household had visited the nation in an official capability.

The Prince Of Wales And Duchess Of Cornwall Visit Cuba

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As of 2020, the pair has been married for 15 years, after first locking eyes within the early ’70s.

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They commemorated the milestone by sharing a photograph with their canine, recreating their engagement images from 2005.


Following the demise of his mom, Queen Elizabeth II, in September, Charles ascended the throne as King Charles III. This additionally made Camilla the Queen Consort. Charles’ official coronation will happen on Could 6, 2023.

Throughout his declaration to the Accession Council, King Charles made a candy shout-out to Queen Camilla whereas acknowledging his new duties as sovereign: “In all this, I’m profoundly inspired by the fixed assist of my beloved spouse.”

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King Charles and Camilla, Queen Consort hear addresses by each homes of Parliament in September 2022.

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