What started on July 1981 as a magnificent and enchanting wedding ceremony would soon become one of the world’s most talked-about and influential relationships. Despite Diana’s wishes, Camilla Parker Bowles was present at the wedding ceremony.
Not a year had passed by, and a new baby boy was born. Prince William came into the world, and two years later, his baby brother Harry joined the family. Besides standards and family issues, things were looking pretty typical for the extended Windsor family, however, a blast from the past was going to storm in.
1980 was a turning point in Charles's romantic life. That was the year he first asked Diana out on a date. Charles was having a rough time after tragically losing his beloved uncle Lord Mountbatten, however, he was comforted by Diana, and she was at his side.
Prince Phillip, Charles's father, was pressuring Charles into making a decision. He was the future king of England and the clock was ticking. Was it the pressure that made him take their relationship another step forward and lock the Camilla episode away for good? Who knows?
She Said an Early I Do
Diana was planning a trip to Australia, which Charles was aware of. He proposed before she was supposed to leave, assuming she would take advantage of her Australian break and think things carefully before giving an answer. Boy, was he wrong?
Diana replied sooner than expected, and before boarding the plane, she said yes. 1981 kicked in, and 19-year-old Diana was engaged to 31-year-old Charles, soon to be the King of England. The secret of the lost daughter was still unheard of.
The Beginning of the End
No one can say when things began to crumble down for Charles and Diana's marriage. Was it the age difference? Was it the fact that Charles wasn't completely over Camilla? Or was Diana growing up and trying to shed a strong light on her individuality, something almost impossible as a royal?
The fact that both Charles and Camilla were married to other people didn't stop them from exposing their passion for one another, making the Windsor household a little crowded. Diana did eventually confront Camilla, however, the latter replied by saying that Diana had everything she wanted. Everything but her husband.
There Was No Hiding Away
The day came when speculations became facts, and one phone conversation between Charles and Camilla was what eventually made their marriage collapse. There was no going back, and the relations between the Prince and the Princess were on the verge of a breakdown.
During the 1990s, Prince Charles's diaries were published, revealing all of his unfaithful ways. Adding on to that, Diana's medical condition was documented, too, painting her in a very different light than what she usually reflected.