Why Camilla Was Almost a No-Show and Had to be ‘Coaxed’ Out of Bed to Marry Prince Charles

There have been reports over the years that Prince Charles and Princess Diana had some doubts about getting married and almost didn’t make it to the altar. But did you know that Charles’ second wife was very close to being a no-show for their wedding?

Turns out Camilla Parker Bowles almost stayed in bed the day she was set to marry the future king, but for a reason most people knew nothing about. Here’s more on that plus some other drama that took place on the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall’s wedding day.

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles' wedding
Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles’ wedding | Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

The public was unhappy with Charles and Camilla’s engagement

After Charles and Diana split, Camilla was viewed as the reason their marriage ended and became public enemy No. 1. Following the princess’ tragic passing, Charles and Camilla tried to keep their relationship under wraps for a while and gradually over time, they began appearing at events together.

They had hoped time would soften the stance some had against Camilla but a populous poll conducted in 2004, showed that only 32% of those surveyed were okay with the idea of Charles and Camilla getting married. 

That idea though became a reality when they announced their engagement in February 2005. Their announcement angered some royal fans, who bombarded the BBC with emails expressing their outrage over the news.

Why Camilla didn’t want to get out of bed for her wedding

Camilla Parker Bowles
Camilla Parker Bowles | Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Their years-long affair was scandalous enough now just imagine if Camilla skipped their wedding. Well according to royal biographer Penny Junor, that almost happened.

Junor, who authored the book The Duchess: Camilla Parker Bowles and the Love Affair That Rocked the Crown, wrote that Camilla almost didn’t make it to her wedding because she was sick with sinusitis.

“On the day itself it took four people to coax Camilla out of bed,” Junor explained. “It wasn’t just her sinus infection that was at play, though. It had become more an issue of nerves.”

Junor revealed that it wasn’t until Camilla’s sister, Annabel, threatened to put on Camilla’s gown and go to the wedding in her place that Camilla got up and got dressed.

“Slowly, as the day wore on, she relaxed, reassured and supported as always by having her family around her,” Junor wrote. 

Who did not attend their wedding

Prince Charles and Camilla's wedding
Prince Charles and Camilla’s wedding | Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)

Charles and his bride said “I do” on April 9, 2005. There were some boos from the crowd gathered outside Windsor Guildhall, but other spectators showed their support.

Two key people missing from the wedding though were Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. The future king’s parents did not attend the civil ceremony, a decision Her Majesty thought was best as head of the Church of England.

The Telegraph reported that at the time the queen told a friend, “I am not able to go. I do not feel that my position [as Supreme Governor of the Church] permits it.”

Her Majesty and Philip did, however, did attend a blessing at St. George’s Chapel after the civil ceremony.

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