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Prince Charles met his current wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at a polo match in the early ’70s. Sparks flew and the pair dated for a bit while the then-Camilla Shand was on a break with her on-again-off-again beau, Andrew Parker Bowles.

But while they were together Charles knew his flame wouldn’t be a suitable bride for him because royals, at that time, were expected to marry upper-class women who were preferably virgins. Camilla was neither of those things. Their relationship was even under attack by some of Charles’ friends who reportedly made some awful comments about his lady. Here’s more on that, plus the nasty nickname Charles’ first wife, Princess Diana, gave Camilla.

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles
Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles | Paul Ellis – WPA Pool/Getty Images

What Prince Charles’ friend said about Camilla

Camilla and Charles dated until he left to go to the Royal Navy in 1973. While he was away Camilla reconnected with her ex, Andrew, and they got engaged. This left Charles devastated although no one thought they could or should be together.

Royal writer Christopher Wilson, who penned the book The Windsor Knot, Charles Camilla and the Legacy of Diana, said that even the prince’s friends didn’t see Camilla ending up with him and it wasn’t just because she didn’t come from a sufficient aristocratic background.

Wilson revealed that “One of Charles’ friends even cruelly remarked: ‘Can you imagine her face on a postage stamp?’”

What Princess Diana used to call her

Princess Diana and Camilla Parker Bowles
Princess Diana and Camilla Parker Bowles | Express Newspapers/Archive Photos

It wasn’t just Charles’ buddies who had some not-so-nice things to say about Camilla. Princess Diana had some choice words for her as well especially when she found out that Camilla was having an affair with the future king.

According to Diana’s pal, Simone Simmons, the princess ended up giving Camilla an unflattering nickname which she told her about.

In her book, Diana: The Last Word, Simmons wrote that the princess referred to Camilla as “the Rottweiler.” The author added that Diana said she gave her that name “because she looks like a dog — and because once she has got her teeth into someone she won’t let go.”

Getting their happily ever after

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles wedding
Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles wedding | Hugo Burnand/Pool/Getty Images

Despite what anyone said about Camilla Prince Charles loved her and after he and Princess Diana divorced, the prince and the now-Duchess of Cornwall continued to see one another. But following the princess’ tragic death in 1997, they tried to keep their relationship quiet.

Eventually, they were urged to go public and Charles decided he wanted to marry Camilla but he had to ask for his mother’s permission. 

That was granted and on April 9, 2005, they said “I do.” However, the queen and Prince Philip did not go to the ceremony. Her Majesty felt that as the head of the Church of England it would have been inappropriate for her to attend.

Read more: How Queen Elizabeth II Reacted When Princess Diana Told Her Prince Charles Was Having an Affair With Camilla

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