Charles wasn’t the only man in Camilla’s life. Back in 1965, Camilla and Major Andrew Parker Bowles met. He was 25 years old, handsome and promising, while she was just 17, however self-assured and confident. They were at a party, he asked her to dance, and she fell madly in love.
While Charles was far sailing in the ocean, Andrew Parker Bowles proposed to Camilla, and she accepted. They married the following year, and while it was expected that Charles moves on and finds new love, the romance between the two hadn’t seen its final days.
The Great Escape
Charles and Camilla first met in 1970, they were both in their early twenties and both huge polo fans. The attraction was instant, and they began dating. As they wanted to avoid the public eye, they would often escape to the English countryside, hoping never to be found.
At first, it was a true fairytale with a real Prince Charming and his Princess, however, things were not all a Cinderella story, and soon enough, the two would have to go their separate ways.
In the Navy
Camilla was all Charles ever wanted. He was attractive, unthreatened by his known future, and shared his love of British nature. In 1971 it all came to an end. Charles was obliged to join the Royal Navy, and Camilla was left behind. Waiting for him wasn't an option, and the path of royal history was set.
It was Charles who initially suggested they break up. He knew the price of dating someone who served his nation overseas was going to be high, and he didn't want Camilla to pay it. Little did he know that she would pay a much higher price later in life.
They Never Realy Said Goodbye
We know today that even though they married other people, the romance between Charles and Camilla never ended. Camilla did love her husband, however, she still had strong feelings for the future king.
With Charles, Camilla's shadow seemed to linger on for years, and it is known that there were three people in the marriage of Chalares and Diana. So how does Laura Lopes fit into this story?
A Fixed Marriage Was on the Line
The future queen of England couldn't just be anyone. Charles's mother, Queen Elizabeth II, had to approve, and when Amanda Knatchball was suggested, she plainly refused and said she had someone else in mind.
Lady Ruth Fermoy was the granddaughter of a very close friend of Elizabeth II. As far as the queen was concerned, she was the best match for Charles. Another good match was Lady Sarah Spencer, whose sister would eventually become the chosen one and change the royal family forever.