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Why Did Prince Charles Not Marry Camilla Parker Bowles When They 1ST Fell in Love?

Dayna Remus
Jun 03, 2022
03:10 P.M.
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The relationship between Camilla Parker Bowles and Prince Charles always stirs controversy. But, not many know the full story of how they met and eventually married.

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This year's Trooping the Colour holds more importance than most as it marks the 70th year that Queen Elizabeth II has reigned – a record-breaking milestone known as the Platinum Jubilee.

So, if one is to attend this event, especially if they are a royal family member, they should most definitely ensure that they dress to the nines.

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles at the after party for the "Fashion Rocks" concert and fashion show on October 15, 2003 in London. | Source: Getty Images

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The 74-year-old Bowles certainly took these standards to heart. Prince Charles's wife decided to wear an outfit that she sported at a horse race at Royal Ascot in 2021. Accompanying the stylish ensemble was a Philip Treacy hat.

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WHY DID PRINCE CHARLES NOT MARRY CAMILLA PARKER BOWLES AT FIRST?

Bowles and Charles were initially seeing one another in the early 1970s. Charles was reportedly intrigued by his future wife's outgoing nature and tomboy personality.

Sadly, in 1973, Charles had to leave for the Royal Navy Service. The two's relationship came to an end. In that same year, Parker exchanged vows with Andrew Parker Bowles.

Then, in 1981, Charles and Princess Diana had their highly televised wedding. While married, they had two boys together – Prince William and Prince Harry.

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PRINCE CHARLES AND CAMILLA PARKER BOWLES'S RELATIONSHIP TIMELINE

While Charles and Dianna were married, the Prince of Wales remained friends with Bowles. But, in 1983, there were allegations that they were having an affair.

After a phone call between Charles and Bowles having an intimate exchange was leaked, it appeared that these rumors were true. After 1993, they both left their spouses.

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PRINCE CHARLES AND CAMILLA PARKER BOWLES'S MARRIAGE CEREMONY

They eventually got married on April 9, 2005. This ceremony happened after they finally got the Queen's approval in 2000. Prince William was the best man as Charles and Bowles exchanged vows at Windsor Guildhall.

While Prince Phillip and the Queen were not in attendance, they did show up for the blessings and the reception. Recently, the current monarch stated that Bowles would indeed be the next Queen.

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Controversial romances continue to plague the royal family. This time, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle have been the source of debate since they left the family as senior royals.

The late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was part of this conversation. In the beginning, he supported Harry's marriage to Markle, but after Megxit, he was furious.

However, right up until he passed away, the Duke understood Harry's distrust of the media and was still fond of his beloved grandson.

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