When and Why Did Camilla Parker Bowles and Her First Husband, Andrew Parker Bowles, Get Divorced?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Camilla Parker Bowles and Andrew Parker Bowles

For years, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles carried on an affair whereas married to different individuals. It’s been well-documented how a lot of a pressure that placed on Charles and Princess Diana’s marriage however not a lot is understood about Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall‘s first marriage or when and why she obtained divorced.

Read on to search out out what occurred between Camilla and her first husband, if Charles was the rationale they break up, and if Andrew Parker Bowles was having an affair as properly.

Camilla Parker Bowles and Andrew Parker Bowles
Camilla Parker Bowles and Andrew Parker Bowles | Indigo/Getty Images

Camilla married Andrew after she began courting Prince Charles

Andrew met Camilla in 1965 at her debutante celebration. The started courting on-and-off for a number of years. In the early ’70s, the long run duchess started seeing Prince Charles however when he went away to the Royal Navy in 1973, she reconnected with Andrew they usually obtained married.

Over the years, the inheritor obvious and his former flame saved in contact. In truth, when Charles began seeing Diana they had been frequent visitors on the Bowles residence. Andrew even had a task as head of safety within the prince and princess’ royal wedding ceremony.

According to the documentary Wallis Simpsons — Royal Stories, “[Charles] chose [Andrew] to be his head of security when he finally married Diana, his personal bodyguard riding beside the royal carriage after the ceremony.” 

However, the jig was up for everybody when “Tampongate” turned front-page information.

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Camilla and Andrew Parker Bowles | Frank Barratt/Keystone/Getty Images

The purpose they obtained divorced

In 1993, the general public obtained to learn all about “Tampongate” also called “Camillagate” in New Idea journal, which revealed a transcript of Charles and Camilla’s secret telephone dialog from 1986.

Although Andrew reportedly had his personal extramarital affairs, royal professional Wayne Francis stated he was “publicly humiliated” by his spouse’s infidelity with the long run king and needed a divorce.

A press release from the couple’s attorneys painted one other image although and claimed the rationale for his or her separation was as a result of “there is little of common interest between [them].”

It was additionally reported that by the point Camilla and Andrew introduced plans to finish their marriage, they’d already been dwelling aside for 2 years. Their divorce was finalized in 1995.

Camilla married her prince and Andrew married his personal mistress

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Princess Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles’ wedding ceremony | Hugo Burnand/Pool/Getty Images

Prince Charles and Diana divorced in 1996. however the next 12 months the princess died following a crash in Paris. Because Camilla was seen as the rationale the Prince and Princess of Wales’ marriage ended the general public didn’t have a good view of her and after Diana’s tragic dying, Camilla was labeled as public enemy No. 1.

It wasn’t till 1999, that Charles’ sons, Princes William and Harry, appeared to simply accept their father and Camilla’s relationship as did many different members of the royal household. Eventually, the pair started to appear in public collectively and Queen Elizabeth II gave them permission to get married. The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall stated “I do” on April 9, 2005.

As for Andrew, he married his personal mistress, Rosemary Pitman, in 1996. She died in 2010 after battling most cancers.

Read extra: Did Prince Charles’ Sister Princess Anne Have An Affair With Camilla Parker Bowles’ First Husband?

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