Prince Charles cried over Camilla

Prince Charles cried over Camilla on his wedding night, book claims.

On the night he married Princess Diana, Prince Charles wept over the woman he would later marry, Camilla Parker Bowles, according to an explosive new biography about the Prince of Wales.

The book, titled ‘Prince Charles: Passions and paradoxes of an improbable life’, is being released next month.

Best selling New York Times author Sally Bedell Smith paints a picture of the prince’s tumultuous romance with Lady Diana who, she says, he never really loved but had felt bullied to propose to by his father Prince Phillip.

Phillip wrote his son a letter, as was custom then, and said “Charles should either propose to [Diana] or release her. In either event, he should make a decision shortly,” Bedell Smith writes.

“Written communications were the regrettable norm for father and son. Charles chose to interpret the letter as coercive and accusatory,” she writes.

But it was a decision marred with regret from the start, forcing Charles to push aside his feeling for his true love, Camilla, who he met in 1972.

The upper class daughter of a British Army officer, she is described in the book as “warm… with enormous sex appeal”. However, Bedell Smith claims Camilla was not deemed to be ‘virginal enough’ to be married into the royal family.

In 1980, Charles was still “hemmed in by the royal custom of marrying a virgin, or at least a woman who seemed virginal”, she writes.

This led him to a young, virginal 19-year-old Diana and an “essentially unbridgeable” 12-year age gap, she writes.

“They had no intellectual connections, few mutual friends, no interests in common and none of the shared life experiences he would have had with a contemporary.

“Although had the same limited upper-class education, [Camilla] was on Charles’ wave length — absorbed, as he was, by hunting and other country pursuits, at home in the same social circle — in a way Diana could never be.”

Bedell Smith also said it was Camilla’s warmth which attracted the young prince, adding how she “always listened to him” and he “found the warmth that he yearned for”.

This was the polar opposite to the relationship he kept with Diana after they married. Bedell Smith claims Diana would taunt Charles that he would “never be King” during heated rows at Kensington Palace and would hit him over the head when he knelt down to pray by their bed at night.

The couple eventually stopped having sex three years into their marriage and slept in different bedrooms from 1984, while both conducted affairs, Bedell Smith writes.

In her famous BBC interview in November 1995, Diana admitted to sleeping with her riding instructor James Hewitt. And referring to Camilla, she said: “There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded”.

Bedell Smith said Charles had thought he could “grow to love Diana” but six years into his marriage, wrote to a friend, “How could I have got it all so wrong?”

The book is available on April 4.

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