The story of Prince Charles and Princess Diana is one that is known worldwide. But we answer a question about the start time of their relationship: How did they meet? Keep reading to learn the answer.
How did Prince Charles and Princess Diana meet?
Prince Charles had several people who told him who to marry. One was his uncle, Lord Mountbatten, who wanted his cousin to marry Amanda Knatchball, his granddaughter. He also told his cousin that he “had to choose a suitable attractive and lovely girl before meeting someone she might fall for.”
The Queen Mother also advised Prince Charles on suitable competitions. However, she did not agree with Mountbatten. She thought the prince should marry one of her maid’s granddaughters, lady Ruth Fermoy.
That is how Prince Charles got to know the Spencer family. Prince Charles dated Sarah Spencer – the sister of Princess Diana – in 1977. And so he met Diana. Thirteen years later, in 1980, Diana and Prince Charles started dating. Their relationship progressed soon thereafter.
How long did they date before getting engaged?
Prince Charles introduced Diana in February 1981 and the two married in July of the same year. At the time of the proposal, Prince Charles and Diana had been together on 12 dates, according to Prince Charles’s author Sally Bedell Smith: the passions and paradoxes of an unlikely life.
The prince thought he could “learn to love” Diana as his grandparents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, did in their regular courtship.
Prince Charles also said that he wanted to get married at the age of 30 and that his father felt he was pressured to marry and start a family.
How old were Prince Charles and Diana when they started dating?
When Prince Charles and Diana started dating each other in 1980, he was 31 years old and she was 18 years old.
Their age gap became a problem for the couple on their honeymoon.
Diana thought she would spend time with Charles, talking and gluing. Charles, however, brought all the necessities that were needed to paint.
He spent hours painting on the deck of the royal sailing yacht on which they were on their honeymoon, which made Diana furious. When the prince renounced his painting materials, Diana undertook to destroy everything so that her new husband could not use them.
The couple welcomed their first child, Prince William in 1982 and then their second, Prince Harry, in 1984.
When did Prince Charles meet Camilla?
Today is the official title of Camilla Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. But in 1970, when she met Prince Charles, she was known as Camilla Shand.
Camilla and Prince Charles met during a polo match in Windsor Great Park. They had the same sense of humor and both enjoyed polo and nature. They made a habit of meeting each other at polo matches before spending time together on Lord Mountbatten estate, Broadlands.
Their relationship came to an end when Prince Charles left for the Royal Navy. Instead of telling Camilla how he felt, he left, and in the eight months that Charles was gone, Camilla started dating Andrew Parker Bowles. Bowles and Camilla met in 1965 and were engaged while Prince Charles went through his naval training. They married in July 1973.
Camilla and Prince Charles are said to have had an affair in 1986. Their affair became an important source of conflict in the marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana.