• Prince Charles the Prince of Wales
  • Prince Charles the Prince of Wales
  • Prince Charles the Prince of Wales

Prince Charles the Prince of Wales

The oldest son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Prince Charles is heir apparent to the British throne. Charles has been under public scrutiny his entire life, much of it due to his relationships with women. He admitted to adultery with Camilla Parker Bowles during his marriage to Princess Diana, and eventually married her. He and Diana had two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry.

Charles came off to many as intelligent, aloof, and a bit awkward. He was used to having every move he made scrutinized by the press, but even he could not have been imagined what a sensation his relationship with Lady Diana Spencer would cause. The two had known each other when they were young but were reintroduced in the late 1970s. Despite a 13-year age difference as well as divergent interests, the couple became engaged in February 1981. The public took a strong liking to his shy, former kindergarten teacher fiancée; they found her more accessible than the reserved prince. They were married on July 29, 1981, in a lavish ceremony that was broadcast around the world and watched millions of people. Unfortunately, their common love for their children was not enough to hold the fairy tale marriage together. The marriage became strained over the years with royal responsibilities, media pressures and infidelities. Charles reportedly re-ignited a relationship with his former flame, Camilla Parker Bowles, while married to Diana. The couple officially separated in 1992 and divorced in 1996.

Diana, Princess of Wales, died in a car crash in Paris in August 1997. Despite their differences, Charles traveled with her sisters to France to accompany her body back to England. During her funeral procession, he walked with their sons William, 15, and Harry, 12 and Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer.

Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles on April 9, 2005. She then became the Duchess of Cornwall. In 2013, Charles took on a new role: He became a grandfather with the arrival of Prince William’s son, George Alexander Louis known officially as “His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge”..not long after he became the proud grandfather to Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

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