Prince Charles Reportedly Got Too Close With Camilla Behind Another Woman’s Back — And It Wasn’t Princess Diana

Everyone knows that Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s marriage fell apart because of his affair with Camilla Parker Bowles. Charles and Camilla had wanted to get married long before Charles ever met Diana, but distance and royal status kept them apart.

Charles dated other women after he and Camilla broke up — and before he met Diana. But it might be lesser known that Charles reportedly got too close to Camilla at a party one night while he was dating Anna Wallace — and it caused a major fight between him and his girlfriend.

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles
Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles | Rob Jefferies/Getty Images

Prince Charles and Camilla were always in love

From the time Charles and Camilla first met at a polo match in the 1970s, there was a connection. But only a few decades ago, royal marriage rules weren’t as flexible as they are today. Though Charles and Camilla wanted to date, she reportedly didn’t get the seal of approval from the queen. Plus, Camilla had been involved with Andrew Parker Bowles for some time, and though their relationship was rocky, Camilla ultimately decided to wed Andrew once Charles left to serve in the Navy. But despite that Camilla wed someone else, the two never forgot about each other.

Camilla is responsible for the infamous split between Charles and Diana

Though Camilla has been Charles’ wife for 15 years, most know her as the woman at the center of the infamous affair that tore apart his marriage with Princess Diana in the 1980s. Charles and Diana were never truly in love; he proposed to her after only 12 dates upon increasing pressure to pop the question due to his age.

When Charles and Diana got married, there wasn’t much between them. And Charles once said in an interview that both of them tried to remain faithful until it got to the point where they were so out of love that it no longer made sense. Charles and Camilla eventually started sneaking around, and once the news of the affair broke, Camilla instantly became one of the most disliked women in the United Kingdom.

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles
Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles in 1979 | Tim Graham/Getty Images

It turns out Charles got too close with Camilla while he was dating Anna Wallace, too

Though Camilla is known for breaking up Charles and Diana’s marriage (though the marriage was hardly ever fully together to begin with), she might have had a hand in breaking up another one of Charles’ relationships, too. Charles dated a woman named Anna Wallace prior to his relationship with Diana; he even reportedly proposed to Wallace twice during their relationship. But the two supposedly got into a heated fight when Charles got too close with Camilla at a party behind Wallace’s back.

Royal biographer Howard Hodgson wrote in his Prince Charles biography back in 2007 that Charles had spent too much time with Camilla at a party, which prompted a major fight between the two. “In the early summer of 1980, the Prince of Wales and Anna had a furious row at Stowell Park, which resulted in Anna borrowing her hostess’ car to leave in the middle of the night,” Hogdson wrote, according to Express. Ultimately, Charles and Anna broke up.

There has been speculation that Charles and Camilla were having an affair before he even met Diana, though it hasn’t bene confirmed. Either way, their love for each other clearly never died. The two wed in 2005 and recently celebrated 15 years of marriage.