It’s no secret that Camilla Parker Bowles is a less favorable member of the British royal family. We may never truly know all of the reasons, but the ones that have resurfaced will leave you chilled to the bone. To be fair, Camilla never truly got off to a great start with the family in the first place. When you start out being known as the mistress, it doesn’t tend to go well after that.
Since Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s nasty divorce, many have yet to “forgive and forget” all that entailed the dreadful situation. The public still holds a bitter grudge toward her, but some of the close family still have a bit of ill will. Charles and Camilla’s complicated relationship may be something we never truly understand, but some family members have a thing or two to say about it.
The Queen was highly disappointed in her son when she caught wind that her son was having an affair. Not only was the situation a disheartening one, the person with whom he was involved irked her even more. Once his divorce from Princess Diana was final, Charles spent a great deal of time trying to earn the Queen’s permission for he and Camilla to wed.
She had a great deal of pushback on the situation but, after a while, she succeeded to his incessant pleas. She had one stipulation, though. If she allowed the marriage to take place, Camilla would never earn the title as “Queen of England” when he took over the throne. She would have the title “Princess Consort” instead.
Charles’ father, Prince Philip, also was unhappy with the entire situation. Before Charles and Diana’s divorce was final, Philip took it upon himself to try and remedy the problem. According to sources, Philip went as far as writing letters to Diana, inadvertently siding with her on the matter.
One letter stated, “We never dreamed he might feel like leaving you for her. I cannot imagine anyone in their right mind leaving you for Camilla. Such a prospect never even entered our heads.” I’m sure, upon reading that, Diana’s heart softened a great deal toward her father-in-law.
Despite all the obvious feelings the family had toward her, Charles went on with the relationship, and the two remain married to this day. Much time has passed since the great scandal, and many still hold bitterness toward them both. Hopefully, the public and the family will one day be able to overcome their grave bitterness and reconcile with her, despite the animosity they feel.