Who Was Older When They First Met Prince Charles: Camilla Parker Bowles or Princess Diana?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Princess Diana and Camilla Parker Bowles

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall could at all times be considered as the rationale Prince Charles and Princess Diana‘s marriage didn’t final. The duchess dated the inheritor obvious lengthy earlier than Diana even knew him and though Camilla married another person she and Charles had been by no means out one another’s lives, even after Diana got here alongside.

Here’s extra on Charles’ first assembly with Camilla and Diana together with how outdated every of the ladies had been after they met the longer term king.

Princess Diana and Camilla Parker Bowles
Princess Diana and Camilla Parker Bowles | Express Newspapers/Getty Images

Camilla’s first assembly with Prince Charles

Prince Charles met then-Camilla Shand a number of years earlier than Diana.

According to Good Housekeeping, the 2 met at a polo match in 1970 when she and the prince had been each of their early 20s. They hit it off straight away and commenced courting however when Charles traveled abroad with the Royal Navy Camilla related together with her ex-boyfriend, Andrew Parker Bowles, and so they tied the knot in 1973.

“Camilla wanted to have fun, but she also wanted to marry well because, in her mind, that would be the most fun of all,” the duchess’ former classmate Lynn Redgrave stated.

Charles was reportedly devastated upon listening to that Camilla had gotten hitched and commenced a quest to search out his princess, nonetheless, he at all times saved in touch together with his former flame.

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Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles | TIM GRAHAM/Getty Images

Diana’s first assembly with Prince Charles

It wasn’t till 1977 that the Prince of Wales was launched to the girl who would find yourself turning into his first spouse and he or she was simply a young person after they first met.

Charles was truly courting Diana’s sister, Lady Sarah Spencer, and attended a grouse hunt at the Spencer household dwelling when he was launched to Diana.

The royal recalled their first assembly in an interview stating, “I remember thinking what a very jolly and amusing and attractive 16-year-old she was. I mean, great fun, and bouncy and full of life and everything.”

Charles’s relationship with Sarah ended after a journalist quoted her as saying she “wouldn’t marry Charles ‘If he were the dustman or the King of England.’”  

Diana noticed Charles once more when she was 19 at Philip de Pass’s home in Sussex. In the documentary Diana: In Her Own Words, the princess stated she was speaking to Charles in regards to the loss of life of Louis Mountbatten when he made his transfer on her.

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Prince Charles and Princess Diana | Tim Graham Photo Library through Getty Images

“He leapt upon me and started kissing me and I thought, urgh, this is not what people do. And he was all over me for the rest of the evening, following me around like a puppy,” she remembered.

They started their courtship and there have been no laborious emotions on Sarah’s finish as she defined, “I introduced them. I’m Cupid!”

Marriage, divorce, marriage

The prince and princess wed in 1981 however their marriage was no fairy story. Instead, Charles and Camilla carried on an extramarital affair for years.

Eventually, Charles and Diana separated earlier than divorcing in 1996, one yr earlier than her tragic loss of life.

On April 9, 2005, Camilla and Charles stated, “I do.”

Read extra: Is Camilla Parker Bowles’ First Husband Still Alive?

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