Duchess Camilla now stands firmly by her husband, Prince Charles. But before marriage, the queen had to be persuaded first.
On April 9, 2005, Prince Charles (73) and Camilla Parker-Bowles (74) said yes. This was the second marriage for both of them. Prince Charles struggled hard to make Camilla his wife. His mother, Queen Elizabeth II (96) has been particularly critical of the relationship, according to gentry expert Andrew Morton (69) in his new book The Queen, excerpts of which are published by dailymail.co.uk.
Watch the video above to see how Prince Charles made history.
Queen Elizabeth II responded frigidly to Prince Charles and Camilla’s relationship
As early as the 1970s, Prince Charles and his current wife were having an affair, although Camilla was married to Andrew Parker Bowles (82) at the time, much to the Queen’s dismay. Although she did not directly discuss the issue with her son, she did take action. Back in 1978, when Charles celebrated his 30th birthday, Camilla wasn’t among the invited guests. And this has been the case for many years, says Andrew Morton.
On behalf of his mother, Prince Charles gave the traditional speech at the opening of Parliament. And of course Camila was next to him. Want to see more? Then watch our video.
Prince Charles cheated on his wife
When Prince Charles decided in 1981 to marry Diana Spencer (36), later Princess Diana, it seemed that the acute problem might resolve itself. But it soon became clear that Charles was not ready to part with his great love. This was certainly one of the reasons Prince Charles and Princess Diana divorced on August 28, 1996. But years before the divorce, Prince Charles was busy making his wife Camilla, who also separated in 1995. As early as 1994, the Prince explained in a TV documentary That Camila was a good friend and always will be in the future.
Queen Elizabeth II fears for the survival of the monarchy
His mother was particularly upset that Prince Charles had publicly declared his love for Camilla. The Queen was concerned that her son’s love affair would jeopardize the monarchy and did not change her mind after Princess Diana’s accidental death on August 31, 1997. Camilla remained persona non grata in court and was also removed from the invitation list to celebrate Charles’ 50th birthday in 1998.
Duchess Camilla and Queen Elizabeth II: The invitation to the barbecue was the deciding factor
But at some point, the Queen apparently had to realize that she was incapable of love between Charles and Camilla. The first rapprochement was at a barbecue on June 3, 2000. The Queen accepted her son’s invitation, although Camilla was also present, and gave her future daughter-in-law a brief smile. Although Camilla was already accepted by the public as Charles’ wife at the time, the Queen went on for some time to leap over her shadow.
Camilla was not personally invited until 3 June 2002 by the court to attend a music event in the garden of Buckingham Palace. Camilla also attended the subsequent dinner at the Ritz Hotel, London. Observers suspect that the Queen’s change of position could also be linked to her mother’s death on March 30, 2002. Because the Queen’s mother (101) had a special influence on her daughter and was particularly skeptical about the relationship between Prince Charles and Camilla. Anyway, in the months that followed, the Queen and Camilla got closer and closer. The King personally enriched Charles and Camilla’s wedding in April 2005 with a humorous speech.