Camilla Rosemary Shandpopularly known as Camilla Parker Bowles, is the protagonist of one of the most scandalous love stories of all time. Her clandestine relationship with him Prince carloswhile he was married to Lady Diearned him the repudiation and anger of the British for many years.
The Londoner was born on July 17, 1947 at King’s College Hospital and raised opposite Plumpton Racecourse in East Sussex. Her father was Bruce Shand, a British Army officer, member of the gentry who became a hero of World War II when he was taken prisoner and her mother, Rosalind Cubitt, was the eldest daughter of the 3rd Baron Ashcombe.
Moving into an affluent social class, Camilla Shand met Andrew Parker Bowles, then an officer in the British Army, and they began a relationship that lasted only a short time. He had a reputation for being with many women and she, realizing that he was not ready to commit, left the relationship.
Andrew Parker Bowles was a player on the polo team of the Prince carlos in the 1970s and 1980s and, before they split, the Duchess of Cornwall would watch him at matches. That was how she met the heir to the throne and they began a relationship shortly after she was single.
In 1970, Camilla was a beautiful 23-year-old girl and many say that she was very cheeky, since she was not ashamed of anything and they were seen together in public. Buckingham Palace sources have revealed that the Prince carlos he fell in love with her sincerity, how funny she was and, besides, she knew how to praise like no one else.
Realizing that Carlos saw a future with Camilla, Queen Elizabeth II decided to separate them since she considered that she did not have a royal profile. Louis Mountbatten, Philip of Edinburgh’s uncle, was very close to the young heir and convinced him to pursue a naval career outside the country.
The Prince carlos She was away from London for so long that Camilla decided to accept the marriage proposal of her former partner, Andrew Parker Bowles. The couple married in 1973 at the Royal Military Chapel and together they had Thomas Parker Bowles (1974) and Laura Rose Parker Bowles (1978).
When he returned from the naval career, Prince Charles was devastated by the news and decided to look for his future wife, who had to be approved by his family first. A few years later he met a young Diana Spencer who was only 18 years old and they married in 1981, when she turned 20 while he was 33 years old.
Camilla Parker Bowles and the Prince carlos They never stopped being lovers and later, when both were officially divorced, the British Crown not only allowed the relationship but also the marriage. The civil ceremony was held in 2005 at Windsor Town Hall and a few weeks ago Queen Elizabeth II confirmed that the Duchess of Cornwall will be queen consort.
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This is what Camilla Parker Bowles looked like in the 70s