All families have drama, even the royal ones!
And thanks to Tom Bower‘s new biography, Rebel Prince: The Power and Passion and Defiance of Prince Charles, fans are getting some insider deets about the longstanding beef between Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles‘ second wife, Camilla Parker Bowles.
In case you forgot, Prince William‘s poppa carried on a lengthy affair with Camilla while married to the now late Princess Diana. Understandably, this fact made the British monarch disapprove of Parker Bowles, especially when Charles wanted to marry her following his ex wife’s death.
According to an excerpt from the book, which was shared by Dailymail.com on Tuesday, the Prince of Wales asked his royal mother about welcoming Camilla into the royal family during the summer of 1998. Apparently, the queen uttered a pretty harsh response…
Per Bower, the Windsor matriarch had drunk “several martinis, and to Charles’s surprise she replied forcefully: She would not condone his adultery, nor forgive Camilla for not leaving Charles alone to allow his marriage to recover.” DAMNNNN.
Oh, and the queen didn’t stop there, as she went on to call Camilla “that wicked woman” and informed Charles that she wanted “nothing to do with her.” In response to his mother’s shade, Charles “tearfully” called his girlfriend and informed her of the royal family hate.
Although Charles had aunt Princess Margaret‘s support during this time, the queen would not budge on her stance. It wasn’t until the queen’s mother died that Elizabeth softened at the idea of making Camilla a member of their family. By 2005, the twosome had secured the queen’s blessing and finally wed.
Of course, since both Charles and Camilla’s first marriages failed due to their liaison, they were not permitted to marry in the Church of England. Instead, the pair married at Windsor Town Hall and received a blessing at St. George’s Chapel. Nonetheless, the now Duchess of Cornwall was left on the outside until her wedding day.
Unlike Meghan Markle, who has been invited to all sorts of official outings, Camilla wasn’t asked to attend ceremonies or dinners prior to the nuptials. Bower also claims Elizabeth “even hinted that there was very little special Welsh gold left to make Camilla’s wedding ring.”
Reportedly, the queen also stopped Charles’ close aide from planning a lavish reception. The book states Charles wallowed “in gloom” while discussing his mother’s lack of an abdication plan. When asked if the monarch would EVER step down, the father of two is said to have answered:
“Can you imagine her looking out of the window of Clarence House and waving to me as I paraded in a carriage down The Mall?”
Yikes. Thankfully, the feud has lightened over the years, with Elizabeth and Camilla even spending time together at official events. The queen’s stance on marriage has changed quite a bit, too!!
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