Their chemistry and connection was said to be instant, and now and an unauthorized new biography, called The Duchess: The Untold Story by royal reporter Penny Junor, shows just how much Prince Charles pined for Camilla Parker Bowles when they first met.
Speaking to the couple's inner circle, Junor has unearthed a series of explosive stories, which have been published in the U.K.'s Daily Mail.
According to the book, Prince Charles was devastated when Camilla decided to wed army officer Andrew Parker Bowles in 1973.
The pair had met two years earlier after being introduced by Lucia Santa Cruz and hit it off, but Charles' beloved great uncle and trusted confidant, Lord Mountbatten, advised him against pursuing anything more serious, as Camilla wasn't "sufficiently aristocratic" or a virgin—two very important things back in those days when selecting a royal bride.
Despite this, the Prince of Wales still harbored a very deep love for Camilla. When news of her engagement broke, Camilla penned a letter to Charles while he was working for the Royal Navy in the Caribbean. Her news did not go down well with the royal.
“She wrote to Charles herself to tell him," an expert from the book revealed. "Her letter broke the prince’s heart. In great distress, he fired off anguished letters of his own to his nearest and dearest. It seemed to him particularly cruel, he wrote in one letter, that after ‘such a blissful, peaceful, and mutually happy relationship,’ fate had decreed that it should last a mere six months."
"I suppose the feeling of emptiness will pass eventually," a broken-hearted Charles apparently told friends.
Like something out of a rom-com, Charles made a "last-ditch" effort and wrote Camilla a letter, begging her not to marry Andrew just a week before they were due to wed in July 1973. It didn't work, but the pair remained close friends before things progressed into an affair around 1978, shortly after Camilla welcomed her daughter, Laura.
“Andrew was in no position to complain, and when he discovered what was going on, he wisely didn’t make a fuss,” the biography explained. “Some would say that a part of him actually quite enjoyed the fact that his wife was sleeping with the future king; he might have felt differently had Charles been a traveling salesman.”
As for why Charles was so enamored with Camilla, according to Junor, "He loved the fact that she smiled with her eyes as well as her mouth, and laughed at the same silly things as he did. He also liked that she was so natural, easy, and friendly, not in any way overawed by him, not fawning or sycophantic. In short, he was very taken with her, and after that first meeting, he began ringing her up.”
Of course, Diana was well aware of their relations, and, as Junor stated in her book, in the lead up to Princess Diana and Prince Charles' wedding in 1981, her jealously came to the forefront.
"There were terrifying rages, temper tantrums, hysterical tears for no apparent reason, and her moods changed in a flash," Junor wrote. "She became jealous—obsessing about Camilla and turning against people she'd appeared to like, convinced they were out to get her, undermine her, or spy on her."
It wouldn't be until after Princess Diana's death and the breakdown of Camilla's marriage to Andrew that the pair would finally give their romance a proper shot. In 2005, Charles and Camilla wed in a civil ceremony.
Wow, what a shocking revelation.
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