The Crazy Camilla Parker Bowles Way Is Engaged With Her First Husband


At the time when Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, was not a duchess and bore her maiden name, Camilla Shand, she had met Andrew Parker Bowles. Years later, the two would get married. Keep reading to learn the crazy way they got engaged, which seems almost too strange to be true.

How Camilla met Andrew Parker Bowles

Camilla and Andrew met in 1965 during her debut party. Author Penny Junor wrote in her book about the couple's first encounter The Duchess: Camilla Parker Bowles and the love story that shook the crown.

"He was 25 years old and was a very fine cavalry officer of the house; she was 17 but she was remarkably sure of it, "wrote Junor. Andrew approached her and simply told her, "Let's dance. "They danced and she fell in love."

Camilla and Andrew went out together, then she met Prince Charles

Camilla and Andrew started dating but broke up. It was when she met Prince Charles in 1970 during a polo match where they were introduced by a mutual friend, Lucia Santa Cruz.

"He [Prince Charles] I loved the fact that she was smiling with her eyes and her mouth and that she was laughing at the same nonsense as him, "wrote Junor in his book, according to People. "In short, he was very busy with her, and after that first meeting, he started phoning her."

Prince Charles and Camilla
Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles are seen together at the end of 1979 | Tim Graham / Getty Images

She and Prince Charles started dating, but separated when he left HMS Frigate with the Royal Navy in early 1973. Although they loved each other well, the couple did not discuss the possibility of staying together as long as Prince Charles was in the Royal Navy.

When Prince Charles left, Camilla and Andrew reconnected and revived their love story years earlier.

How Camilla and Andrew got engaged

Camilla's father and Andrew's brother conspired together to bring the couple to the altar. They published an engagement announcement in a local newspaper for Camilla and Andrew, even though they were not engaged, according to Good Housekeeping.

Andrew Parker Bowles and Camilla
Camilla Shand marries Major Andrew Parker-Bowles at the Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks, July 4, 1973. | Wood / Express / Hulton Archives / Getty Images)

Andrew, a known single, proposed to Camilla after the two men forced his hand. Camilla and Andrew were married on July 4, 1973.

The wedding devastated Prince Charles

Camilla's marriage to Andrew would have devastated Prince Charles. "It seemed to him particularly cruel," he wrote in a letter, after "such a happy, peaceful and mutually happy relationship," fate has decreed that it should only last six months, said Junor.

The children of Camilla and Andrew

Camilla had two children with her first wife, as did Prince Charles at his first marriage.

Camilla and Andrew welcomed their son, Tom, on December 18, 1974. Today, Tom is a food critic and has two children. He has also written cookbooks.

Camilla Parker Bowles with her daughter Laura and her son Tom.
Camilla Parker Bowles with her son Tom and his daughter Laura at an unspecified event | Tim Graham / Getty Images

"I loved eating and I could pretty much go on a sentence, so I thought I could write about food," said Tom about his role as a food critic.

Four years after Camilla and Andrew welcomed Tom, they had their second child, a girl named Laura, on January 1, 1978. Laura grew up to found an art gallery in Belgravia. In 2006, she married Harry Lopes, a former model of Calvin Klein.


Andrew and Camilla divorced in 1995 after more than 20 years of marriage. During their marriage, Andrew would have known about the affair between Camilla and Prince Charles.

"Andrew was not in a position to complain; and when he found out what was going on, he did not do anything foolish, "Junor writes in his book.

"Some would say that a part of him really appreciated the fact that his wife is sleeping with the future king; he could have felt differently if Charles had been a traveling salesman.

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