Camilla Parker-Bowles’ role in the destruction of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s marriage is well known. What’s less known is the fact that Camilla played a major role in convincing Charles to marry Diana, despite the fact the pair barely knew each other, were notoriously incompatible, and that little matter of the heir to the throne not loving her.
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So, what were Camilla’s true motivations?
Author Tina Brown noted in Vanity Fair magazine that Charles was under intense pressure to marry ‘the right girl’, not just from the palace, but also from the two major women in his life: Camilla and Australian Lady Dale Tyron.
‘His family wanted it,’ writes Brown. ‘The public wanted it.
‘Like the last Prince of Wales, he liked to confide in married women, and his two favourites, Lady Tryon and Camilla Parker Bowles, wanted it.’
Brown appears to suggest that the women’s enthusiasm for Diana stemmed from a perception she was meek and would not upset their existing friendships with Charles.
‘They had met the blushing little Spencer girl and deduced she was not going to give them any trouble,’ writes Brown. ‘Better her than another fiery number like Anna Wallace.
‘Prince Charles was exhausted. He proposed.’
Anna Wallace, who had dated Charles years before, had reportedly dumped the royal after he failed to convince her to marry him, not once but twice, because she felt disrespected by his ongoing obsession with Camilla.
Author Penny Junor wrote in her book The Duchess: ‘Charles had taken her to two successive balls and then danced with Camilla for most of both evenings.
‘Anna dumped him with the words: ‘No one treats me like that – not even you.’
But things did not go to plan for Camilla and Lady Tyron. According to Tina Brown in her book, The Diana Chronicles, ‘Over the objections of Prince Charles, Diana banned them [both] from the wedding breakfast.’
History records the marriage ended in divorce – with Camilla winning Charles, despite the objections of the Queen, who referred to her as ‘that wicked woman.’