Camilla and Prince Charles: Their relationship timeline

Prince Charles and Camilla

by Lorna White |

It's a love story that's far from conventional, but against all the odds, Camilla and Prince Charles eventually ended up marrying, 35 years after they first met.

Despite marrying a young Lady Diana Spencer, Prince Charles never could get over his first love, Camilla. To get you up to speed on their rather complicated history, we've put together a timeline of their relationship from start to finish.

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1970 - Camilla and Prince Charles first meet

The pair first met in 1970 at a Polo Match at Windsor Great Park. They bonded over their shared love of Polo and sense of humour. They began seeing one another, but soon, Charles is off to serve in the Royal Navy. Eight months later, he returns to find Camilla is engaged to someone else.

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1973 - Camilla marries Andrew Parker Bowles

July of 1973, Camilla married Andrew, an Army cavalry officer. He had previously dated Prince Charles younger sister, Princess Anne! Camilla and Andrew go on to have two children together - Tom and Laura Parker Bowles. Despite getting married, Camilla and Charles remained very close friends, and Charles was even made godfather to Tom.

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1980 - Charles begins dating Diana

At age 31, Charles began dating a young, 18-year-old Diana Spencer. Charles had previously courted Diana's older sister, Sarah Spencer and she often takes credit for the two of them meeting.

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1981 - Charles proposes to Diana and they marry

On February 6th, he proposed to Diana, reportedly in Camilla's garden of all places! In a famous interview shortly after the engagement, Charles surprised people when asked if him and Diana are in love. "Whatever love means." He replied.

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July 29, Charles and Diana marry at St Paul's Cathedral in one of the most famous and iconic wedding ceremonies of all time. An estimated 750 million people watched around the world, and according to reports, Camilla was in attendance at the ceremony.

In 1982, they welcome Prince William and in 1984, Prince Harry is born.

1986 - Charles begins his affair with Camilla

This is documented in Charles' autobiography.

1989 - Diana confronts Camilla

It was revealed in a tape recording that Diana confronted Camilla at a party saying, “I know what's going on between you and Charles and I just want you to know that. She said to me: 'You've got everything you ever wanted. You've got all the men in the world fall in love with you and you've got two beautiful children, what more do you want?' So I said, 'I want my husband.' And I said, 'I'm sorry I'm in the way...and it must be hell for both of you. But I do know what's going on. Don't treat me like an idiot."'

1992 - Diana's story is released

In June of this year, Diana: Her True Story is released. The famous book was full of stories that shocked the world, exposing Charles and Camilla's affair and the impact this had on Diana. It was then announced that Charles and Diana had officially separated. This sparked many questions in people's heads - would he be allowed to be King if he was divorced and remarried?

1994 - Charles tries to improve his public image

In a bid to regain the respect of the public, he commissions a documentary film maker to follow him around for a year and a half. The documentary had somewhat of an opposite effect when Jonathan Dimbleby, asks Charles if he was “faithful and honorable” during his marriage to Diana. Charles says, “Yes, yes…Until it became irretrievably broken down, us both having tried." He also mentions Camilla calling her “a great friend of mine,". He adds, "She has been a friend for a very long time—and will continue to be a friend for a very long time."

1995 - Camilla and Andrew Parker Bowles divorce

The pair announce their divorce the January of 1995. That same year, Diana does her famous Martin Bashir television interview where she famously says, "There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded."

1996 - Charles and Diana's divorce is finalised

1997 - Princess Diana shockingly passes away

Diana tragically dies in a car accident in Paris. As the world goes into mourning in the lead up to her funeral, Charles puts a pause on making his relationship with Camilla public.

1998 - Camilla is introduced to Prince William

Charles begins mentioning Camilla in public and shares that she and William have met. The Queen however doesn't approve of their previously-adulterous relations and refuses to attend Charles' 50th birthday party as Camilla will be in attendance.

1999 - Their first public appearance together

They are both spotted leaving Camilla's sister's 50th birthday together and reporters and photographers spot their first public appearance together. Soon after, the pair went on holiday to Greece with William and Harry.

2003 - They move in together

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Charles and Camilla move in together at Clarence House. The Royal Family make it clear that British Tax Payer money won't be used to redecorate Camilla's room to avoid any lash-back.

2005 - Charles and Camilla announce their engagement

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After announcing their engagement in the February, the pair married April 8 with William as Charles' best man. The Queen does not attend the wedding, but grants Camilla the title of Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, meaning Diana remains as the only Princess of Wales.

2022 - Camilla to be Queen Consort

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Within her Platinum Jubilee message, the Queen declares that it's her "sincere wish" that Camilla will be known as Queen Consort when Charles ascends to the throne.

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