Prince Charles has never been the most popular member of the royal family. From his reputation as stodgy and traditional to his long-standing affair with Camilla Parker Bowles during his marriage to Princess Diana, Prince Charles has been suffering from a bad image for several decades.
In recent years, however, the future king has slowly started to gain more public favor. Many people now see him as a loving grandfather and a loving husband, and that is partly due to his happy marriage to Parker Bowles.
How did Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles’ relationship start?
It all started in 1970, when Prince Charles, the oldest son of Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, met Parker Bowles during a polo match. The two immediately committed themselves to the mutual love for horses and sporting events and started dating almost immediately. Their romance was broken when Prince Charles left to serve in the Royal Navy. Parker Bowles married despite resentment or melancholy while he was away.
Prince Charles married Diana Spencer in 1980, but despite the fact that they were married to other people, Parker Bowles and Prince Charles remained in contact. Somewhere along the line, their friendship became romantic again. Reportedly, Princess Diana was aware of their affair early in her marriage, and it was one of the biggest factors that contributed to the eventual failure of her relationship with Prince Charles. In 1995, Princess Diana and Prince Charles announced their divorce. By that time, the whole world had heard the rumors of the affair and had slandered both Prince Charles and Parker Bowles. It would take years before one of their reputations would recover.
When did Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles get married?
Tragically, Princess Diana died in 1997. Her death had a profound effect on the royal family, and probably due to the intense affection of the public for Princess Diana, Prince Charles and Parker Bowles tried to keep their love out of the spotlight. Yet she went to family vacations and continued to spend a lot of time with Prince Charles.
In 2005 the couple announced their engagement. Their civil ceremony was small, with only certain immediate family members present, including Prince William and Prince Harry. At the time of their marriage, many people still did not accept Parker Bowles as members of the royal family, and her public dislike was intense.
What makes Prince Charles’ relationship work with Camilla Parker Bowles?
In the years since Prince Charles and Parker Bowles took the knot, the public slowly began to accept its role as Prince Charles’ wife. New articles have tried to reveal interesting aspects of her personality and revealed that she is an animal lover, has a very laid-back personality and spends her time doing a lot of charity work.
Despite everything they have endured in their decades-long relationship, Prince Charles and Parker Bowles have remained incredibly close. A recent news story delves deeply into the band that they share, showing that the royal couple “have fun together”. It also discusses how Parker Bowles has become a support system for the younger generation of royals and that her down-to-earth nature makes her a great “giggle” to chat with.
In the coming years, Prince Charles will take over the throne with Parker Bowles by his side. The couple will need all their courage to take on the next chapter of their lives, which is perhaps the most challenging one to date.