PRINCE CHARLES had a relationship with Princess Diana’s sister Lady Sarah Spencer, but it “abruptly stopped” in 1977 and Lady Sarah publicly rejected the Prince of Wales, a royal biographer claims.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana had a notoriously turbulent marriage that began in 1981. But before they met and became the parents of Prince William and Prince Harry, speculation was widely spread about who the Prince of Wales could choose to marry. In her 2017 book “The Duchess: The Untold Story”, Royal biographer Penny Junor reveals how Diana’s sister Lady Sarah Spencer had a relationship with the prince, but publicly rejected them.
Mrs. Junor writes how his relationship with the “fiery red-haired” Lady Sarah “abruptly ended in 1977”.
Lady Sarah said at the time: “He is fantastic as a person, but I am not in love with him.
“I wouldn’t marry someone I didn’t love, whether it was the fabric man or the King of England.
“If he asked me, I would reject him.”
Mrs. Junor adds: “The public crushing of such remarks did nothing for the prince’s fragile ego.
“And where was it better to seek comfort than with Camilla, who was loyal to her bootstraps?”
Mrs. Junor writes how the prince would “pour out his heart” to Camilla Parker Bowles in long phone calls and handwritten letters.
It was during the year that Charles first saw 16-year-old Diana when he visited the Spencer estate in Althorp.
Mrs. Junor writes how this went. Diana first dreamed of marrying the Prince of Wales.
Diana later recalled: “I remember being a fat, podgy, not a make-up, not a smart lady.
“But I made a lot of noise and he liked that and he came to me after dinner and we had a big dance.
“To show your attention to someone like that – I was just so surprised.
Why would someone like him be interested in me?
“And it was interest.”
Charles and Camilla, after a first love affair in 1971, started a romantic relationship again in 1979.
Camilla was married to her husband Andrew Parker Bowles at that time, although she and the Prince of Wales canceled their romantic engagement when he married Princess Diana in 1981.