Post by Neil Davey
On Mon, 7 Jun 2004 17:03:50 +0100 "David Lane"
Post by David Lane
But not before he'd committed adultery. Or is adultery absolved if your
I must admit that I don't follow the stories about the Royal Family
closely so don't know whether he just had a friendship with CPB before
Diana died or whether they were shacked up together.
It clearly stated in the article that I was reading in the Mail on Sunday
that he was having an affair with CPB before Diana died. And if you go to
you will see the following:-
A milestone was reached last year in the relationship of the Prince of Wales
and Camilla Parker Bowles. At the 60th birthday party of ex-King Constantine
of Greece, the heir to the thrones companion came face to face with Charles
mother, the Queen. The meeting, described as relaxed and friendly,
signalled that, while the Queen accepted the relationship, as Supreme
Governor of the Church of England she did not necessarily approve of it. It
seems that her son, who has said that his relationship with Mrs Parker
Bowles is non-negotiable, is back for good with the woman he first fell
for three decades ago.
Born Camilla Shand on July 17, 1947, in London, Charles companion was
educated in London and finished off in Switzerland and France. The
granddaughter of Lord Ashcombe, she grew up on a country estate in Sussex,
spending much of her free time hunting an activity she still enjoys today.
The self-confident beauty known as Milla met the shy, 25-year-old Prince at
Windsor Great Park in the early Seventies. Friendship grew into romance,
with Camilla often spending time in the Princes apartments in Buckingham
Palace. Feeling that Charles would never propose, Camilla married Army
officer Andrew Parker Bowles, shortly after the heir to the throne was sent
abroad on a naval mission. Camilla and Andrew have two children, Tom, born
in 1975, and Laura, born four years later.
But her friendship with the Prince endured, deepened even, and Camilla
became a constant in his life, even after his wedding in July 1981 to Lady
Diana Spencer. After it was revealed that the fairytale marriage was not
without its difficulties, Charles and Diana announced their separation in
December 1992. Camilla, still a trusted member of the Princes inner circle,
offered Charles the support and comfort he could find nowhere else.
The down-to-earth, outdoorsy woman was villified by the press after Charles
confirmed that he had committed adultery with Camilla while still married to
Diana. To Camillas credit, however, she never once told her side of the
story. Her marriage to Andrew ended in divorce in January 1995, with the
former Cavalry officer marrying Virginia Pitman just a year later.
After Dianas tragic death in August 1997, Camilla retreated even further
from the public eye. However, it was Charles son William who extended the
olive branch to his fathers companion, inviting her to tea. At the request
of the young prince and his brother Harry, Mrs Parker Bowles accompanied
Charles and his sons on a Mediterranean cruise in August 1999.
It is rare that the couple undertake public engagements together, although a
Versace-clad Camilla accompanied her prince to a gala dinner on behalf of
his charity, the Princes Foundation, in June 2000. Although now yesterdays
news, it still makes the front page of the newspapers when the two are
photographed side-by-side. Whether Charles marries Camilla remains to be
seen, but in order to do so, the British constitution would have to be
changed to allow a divorcee to marry the Defender of the Faith.
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