Unspoken Facts About Diana And Camilla's Relationships That May Make You Reconsider Their Story
Princess Diana and Camilla Parker Bowles's rivalry is not new to the world. As anyone could imagine, it all started when the now Duchess was blamed for the breakdown of Di's marriage with Prince Charles. But what many people don't know is that these two ladies initially had a friendship. In this article, we will tell you all the details of how they went from friends to foes.
The Prince and Camilla
According to reports from the time, Camila and Prince Charles met mid-1971 despite having been in the same social circle for years. However, it was at an event by a mutual friend that the pair was introduced. They became close friends, and shortly after, started to see each other. They ultimately became a couple but put the relationship on hold when Charles joined the Royal Navy in 1973.
Afterward, it ended out of a sudden. The pair apparently parted ways once and for all. That very same year, Camilla wedded Andrew Parker Bowles and started a family with him. Charles, on his side, came back from his time abroad and met Diana in 1977 when she was only 16. Although he was dating Di's older sister, Sarah, the young prince took a serious interest in the younger girl and saw her as a potential bride.
The Queen's son finally proposed in February 1981, and around that time, Camilla emerged again. She portrayed herself as a friendly helping hand for Diana during her first experiences with paparazzi at Ludlow Races. Charles was competing, and both women were there to watch. It appeared as if Diana had found a new friend that understood her fears of dating a royal member. Shortly after, the world knew she would be Charles' wife.
According to the Mirror, Camilla had been asked to be a supportive older sister to a shy and inexperienced Diana during the early stage of courtship. Following the engagement, Diana stopped working as a kindergarten assistant and moved to Clarence House, the Queen Mother's home. Andrew Morton, author of Diana: Her True Story, explained that the bride-to-be once found a note from her new friend on her bed.
She was asking her to go for lunch, which turned out to be a nice and gossipy meal one with a good friend. Diana and Charles would frequently visit Camilla and her husband, Andrew, at Bolehyde Manor, their country house in Wiltshire, and that is how they started to forge an initial friendship. It seemed as if the ladies enjoyed each other's company, and Di even liked helping her friend with her young kids, Tom and Laura.
It did not take long for Diana to remember that lunch less fondly because she then believed that Parker had used it to figure out when she could see Charles after the royal wedding. Morton also described that the mistrust began shortly before tying the knots back in July 1981. Diana got incredibly upset at her fiancé when he decided to give Camilla a gold bracelet.
The piece of jewelry had the initials G and F engraved that were supposed to mean "Girl Friday." However, Spencer firmly believed that they symbolized the initials of the pet names they presumably used for one another: "Gladys and Fred". Camilla wore this wristlet for several years. To top it all off, royal reporter Penny Junor asserted that the prince cried the night before the wedding.
Was he mourning the fact that he was not marrying the love of his life? Perhaps. Parker also attended the royal wedding despite Diana's opposing wishes. Among the 2,5000 guests at her wedding, the bride was able to spot Camilla while she was walking down the aisle with her father, Earl Spencer. "I knew she was in there, of course. I looked for her," explained Di to the biographer Morton in 1991.
The Queen of Heart's pain even increased during the honeymoon with her new husband on the Royal Yacht Britannia since a photo of Camilla fell out of the prince's diary. With the mistrust surrounding her, Charles' ex-girlfriend decided to avoid all the events she knew that the Prince and his wife would go. Therefore, her early years of marriage had little contact with her former friend.
During the mid-80s, reportedly in 1986, the now mother-of-two was utterly sure that her husband had embarked on a fling with Parker one more time. By 1989, the royal couple attended a party at Lady Annabel Goldsmith’s house, where the two women came face to face and had a frank conversation about the real status of Camilla's relationship with Prince Charles.
According to Morton's tapes, Diana stated, "Camilla, I would just like you to know that I know exactly what is going on between you and Charles. I wasn't born yesterday." Presumably, Camilla replied, "You've got everything you ever wanted. You've got all the men in the world to fall in love with you, and you've got two beautiful children. What more do you want?" "I want my husband," Diana stated.
From friends to foes
Since that encounter, the tense relationship between Diana and Camilla was made public although they did not have more contact. Problems in the marriage continued rising until Primer Minister John Major announced "the amicable separation" in December 1992. By the mid-90s, the Princess started to open her heart to reveal everything that she felt for Parker.
"There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded," confessed Prince William's mother during the famous Panorama interview with Martin Bashir in 1995. A year later, the divorce was completed and, as it was expected, Di never made peace with Camilla. Even a year after the divorce, the People's Princess was upset when her former husband organized a birthday party for Camilla at their marital house, Highgrove.
Rebuilding her image
Diana's death a weeks later only fueled a public backlash against Camilla, and everyone blamed her as the guilty one of the divorce and, somehow, Diana's demise. It was thanks to William and Harry that Camilla could fix her public image of being the mistress that destroyed a marriage. Around 1998, William met her for the first time, and his brother followed suit a while later.
After a series of encounters, the brothers even invited her to a birthday party they had organized for their father in November of that year. The rest is just history. Charles and Camilla ultimately wedded in 2005. Surprisingly, a good relationship between her and Diana's sons was possible. Harry described her as a wonderful woman that he and his brother love to pieces, as reported by Angela Levin's book Harry: Conversations With the Prince.
The comfortable relationship with their new stepmother was made evident in 2011 when William and Kate had Camilla's granddaughter, Eliza Lopes, as a bridesmaid at their wedding. Camilla also helped both Kate and Meghan to settle into their roles of wives in the royal family. William and Harry respect and care for Camilla but do not forget to keep their late mother's legacy very much alive.
It is very shocking that what started as a friendly relationship between Princess Diana and Camilla Parker Bowles, ended up as a severe dispute between them. What do you think about Camilla's behavior? Do you think she is the one to blame for the royal divorce? Tell us what you think in the comment section and share this article with others who love the People's Princess.