Why Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles Are Actually the Perfect Couple

When it comes to royals we all know and loved, Princess Diana takes the cake. From her grace to her desire to know the public to her love for her two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, she was an icon from the moment she married the queen’s son, Prince Charles. And after it was known that Charles was having an affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, the public wondered why anyone would want to leave a charming young woman like Diana.

Now, 13 years of marriage later, Charles and Camilla are still going strong. And while they both have reputations regarding their personalities, it seems they complement each other perfectly. Here’s why they’re fantastic together.

Camilla and Charles were introduced at a party back in 1971

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall | Arthur Edwards /WPA Pool/Getty Images

We may remember Charles and Camilla best for their scandalous romance, but it didn’t always start out that way. PopSugar notes the two actually first met at a party in 1971. They were introduced by Charles’ college girlfriend at an event put on by a mutual friend — and they hit it off immediately. The two discovered they had a lot in common when it came to their interests.

Camilla and Charles began dating soon after their first meeting, but the romance didn’t last. Charles left for the royal navy and Camilla married Andrew Parker Bowles. It wasn’t until years later when the two reunited that their romance continued.

Diana famously said, ‘There were three of us in this marriage’

Diana may have married Charles, but it seemed she always suspected something was amiss when it came to her husband and Camilla. PopSugar reminds us Camilla was even in attendance at their wedding — and Charles bought her a gold bracelet personalized with an engraving of the nickname he gave her. By the mid-’80s, it was well-known that Charles and Camilla were having a full-fledged affair. And Diana even confronted Camilla about it at Camilla’s sister’s birthday party in 1989.

It was obvious that Diana and Charles’ marriage couldn’t survive due to his love for Camilla. And we’ll never forget when Diana called her marriage “a bit crowded” because “there were three of us.” By 1996, Diana and Charles were divorced — and Camilla stepped right in to take her place.

Camilla has made Charles much more at ease over the years

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles | Tim Rooke – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Camilla wasn’t nearly as well-liked as Diana. She came off as more abrasive than the princess, and many pinned her as the home-wrecker that ruined Diana and Charles’ marriage. In truth, Charles and Diana were never compatible to begin with — and Camilla was much different than the public painted her as.

Observer explains royal biographer Penny Junor describes Camilla as “sensitive” — especially in regards to being a stepmother. While some biographies describe her relationship with Harry and William as tumultuous, Junor says eventually, the two boys grew to accept Camilla in their lives. And they certainly appreciate the joy Camilla brought to their father’s life, as during his marriage to Diana, Junor describes him as “lonely, depressed, and angst-ridden.”

Royal observers say they’re more in love now than ever

As one longtime correspondent said in regards to Camilla, “She’s made a massive difference in him. He’s much more relaxed now. They are always laughing and chatting, they have great affection and humor between them,” Vanity Fair says. And though several decades have passed since they were first in love, royal photographer Alexi Lubomirski notes, “You feel like they are a young couple in love. … As soon as they looked at each other, there was a sparkle in their eyes — that’s when the magic happened.”

Aside from being in love, Charles and Camilla also have perfectly meshed personalities. Camilla is strong and fierce but still warm, and she’s definitely Charles’ lifelong rock. She’s not someone who complains, nor does she have any desire to become queen. But she does love her family fiercely, and we’re sure she’s here to stay.

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