The surprising reason Why Prince Charles finally married Camilla Parker Bowles

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Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles had one of the most thorough reports in the history of the royal family. Their adulterous relationship, which culminated in a scandal that shook the nation, cemented itself into the consciousness of the public and for years afterwards: people still think of Parker Bowles as a landlord. Although the two are happily married now, it was a time when their future together was rather uncertain. Read on to find out what prompted Prince Charles to marry his longtime partner.

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles met in the 1970s

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles
Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles | JIM WATSON / AFP / Getty Images

The story of Prince Charles and Parker Bowles began more than four decades ago in the early 70s. The two met in a charity polo match and joined for mutual love of sport and horses. They started dating, but unfortunately it didn't last long: Prince Charles had a duty to serve in the Royal Navy and had to leave to serve his term. Parker Bowles was left alone and, in the absence of Prince Charles, he met and married his first husband, Andrew Parker Bowles.

Prince Charles was devastated, but recovered in time, and continued to marry Diana Spencer. Although both Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles were now married to other people, they rekindled their love story and started a relationship. Princess Diana would have been aware of their relationship very soon and knowledge of her husband's infidelity was a major factor contributing to their eventual divorce.

Prince Charles was hesitant to make a move

In the end, Prince Charles and Princess Diana divorced. Parker Bowles also divorced her husband at the same time that the royal couple went through their public break. Although they were now free to start dating, Parker Bowles and Prince Charles kept their love story as much as possible under the radar. Prince Charles was beating in the press, with the news of his public infidelity, and Parker Bowles had become one of the most unpleasant women in the world.

The two would go on privately for years before Prince Charles received the boost he needed to take the next step in his relationship with Parker Bowles.

Camilla Parker Bowles and Prince Charles finally got married

A recent article in Vanity Fair helps shed light on the situation between Prince Charles and Parker Bowles. In the early 2000s, Prince Charles hired a new secretary named Michael Peat. According to reports, Peat was commissioned by Queen Elizabeth to ensure that Prince Charles "renounced" Parker Bowles. Peat quickly realized that this would never happen, so he pledged to work on an alternative plan.

According to the article, Peat had a heart at heart with Prince Charles and formulated an ultimatum: Prince Charles should have married Parker Bowles or "she should have gone". Knowing that Prince Charles would never be able to sever ties with his long-time love, it was the perfect strategy.

Peat was not the only one that supported their marriage. The article goes on to detail the way Parker Bowles' father, Bruce Shand, spoke privately to Prince Charles and told him that in his old age, he needed to know that his daughter would be fine.

The combined forces of Parker Bowles's father and his resolute new secretary made the right impression on Prince Charles, and he and Parker Bowles were married April 8, 2005. Since then, Parker Bowles was at his side both publicly and in private, helping him to bear the weight of real life. As Prince Charles is about to take the throne in the coming years, he will no doubt need his wife's support more than ever.

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