This 1 Thing May Be What Inspired Camilla to Destroy Prince Charles’ Marriage and Fight for the Crown

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles‘ romance stands to be one of the great melodramas in the history of the modern British monarchy. The Duchess of Cornwall herself has risen from a prince’s mistress to potentially the next queen. Did she happen into this royal circumstance by chance? Or did she always have her eye on the throne?

We take a look at Camilla’s rise in the royal ranks. (And the person on page 5 who may have inspired her to destroy Prince Charles’ marriage to Princess Diana.)

For starters, how did the Charles and Camilla meet?

Charles was introduced to Camilla Parker Bowles by his great uncle. | Barry Batchelor/AFP/Getty Images

According to author Christopher Anderson, Prince Charles’ great-uncle Lord Louis Mountbatten introduced him to Camilla. Mountbatten was allegedly responsible for introducing Charles to many young women. Anderson writes that he was likely playing matchmaker so Charles would marry one of his family members and give him a direct line to the crown.

Next: Once the two met, it wasn’t long before sparks flew.

When did the affair start?

Charles (here with the queen and Prince Andrew) began seeing Camilla in the 1970s.| Reg Burkett/Daily Express/Getty Images

Prince Charles and Camilla allegedly never really stopped seeing each other — even when she wed army officer Andrew Parker-Bowles in 1973. It’s even reported that Charles cried over Camilla the night before he was supposed to marry Lady Diana Spencer. This created a rift between Charles and Diana, even before their lavish wedding.

Next: The affair continues …

How did they keep it a secret?

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A lot of work went into keeping the affair from Diana. | Patrick Riviere/Getty Images

Anderson writes that Prince Charles had his valet help him sneak Camilla in and out of his official residence, Highgrove. The valet was also responsible for getting rid of any evidence that Camilla was there so that the housekeepers — or worse, Diana — wouldn’t know that she had been there. Royal protection officers were reportedly responsible for sneaking Charles in and out of Camilla’s residence.

Next: But apparently, they weren’t that good at keeping things a secret.

How was she confronted by Diana?

She was confronted by Diana in 1989. | Express Newspapers/Getty Images

Princess Diana, who was all too aware of her husband’s infidelity, infamously confronted Camilla at a 40th birthday party in 1989. “Camilla, I would just like you to know that I know exactly what is going on between you and Charles,” she said, according to her interview with author Andrew Morton in 1991. Instead of denying it, Camilla allegedly responded by wondering why Diana wouldn’t leave the affair alone.

Next: There’s a possible reason why Camilla would respond this way …

Was Camilla inspired by her great-grandmother?

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla

She’s always aspired to be royalty. | Arthur Edwards – WPA Pool/Getty Images

According to Anderson, Camilla was obsessed with her great-grandmother, Alice Keppel, who was King Edward VII most notorious mistress. Sources tell Anderson that Camilla would walk around as a young girl and insist that people bow to her because her Keppel sleeping with King Edward “made her royalty.” When asked as a young adult why she hadn’t found a husband yet like her friends, she allegedly retorted: “I’m holding out for a king.”

Next: The ultimate plot to become queen.

What was the course of action after the divorce?

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles arrive for a party at Windsor Castle

She was determined to be liked by the public. | JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images

Charles and Camilla got divorced within a year of each other and made their relationship more serious. Anderson writes that Camilla then began asking for advice on how to get the public to like her more, especially since her predecessor Diana was so well loved. “Camilla started plotting to become the next queen,” Lady Elsa Bowker said.

Next: But as many know, the plotting didn’t go as Camilla planned 

Have her plans to become queen backfired?

She’s never been able to win over the public. | Carl de Souza/AFP/Getty Images

Diana’s tragic death in 1997 all but permanently painted Camilla as the villain. Rumors over the year that she is a meddling elitist — like when she tried to break up Prince William and Kate Middleton — haven’t helped her image. Even now, with Queen Elizabeth possibly abdicating the throne, the masses are calling for William and Kate to take over the monarchy because Charles — and more so, Camilla — isn’t very popular.

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