Princess Diana was asked if Camilla Parker Bowles was actually a factor in the sad happening of their divorce. Her reply was:
“Well it was three of us in the marriage, So it’s a big credit”
The explosive biography of Camila has lifted the lid on the other side of the breakup of the marriage of Charles and Diana. In the previous article, we explained how she overcame devastating nerves to marry him.
This time we tell how her lust for life and humor has helped him emerge from the shadow of his family and achieve his dreams. Camila was in her early teens. It was all perfectly innocent but the pony club dances she went to in Lewistown Hall. Suddenly became way more exciting when the lights dimmed and the tempo changed.
Everyone started dancing slowly kissing and doing a bit of exploratory groping girls from good families may have read about sex thought about it giggled about it with their friends and developed passionate crushes on boys. Camilla was in her early teens when she discovered boys. It was all perfectly innocent, but the Pony Club dances she went to in Lewes town hall suddenly became way more exciting.
When the lights dimmed and the tempo changed, everyone started dancing slowly, kissing and doing a bit of exploratory groping.
Girls from good families may have read about sex, thought about it, giggled about it with their friends and developed passionate crushes on boys — they may even have fallen in love with one or two of them — but even so, not many girls like Camilla lost their virginity before the age or 17 or 18.
And she was no exception, although she did have a first kiss at just 12 or 13. She was a pretty girl with a dimpled smile and boys found her very attractive.
The eldest child, she was born with exceptional confidence. Both her parents and her siblings —Annabel and Mark — were mystified as to where it came from. None of them, confident characters hough there were, felt they had anything that approached Camilla’s.
As a little girl she marched happily into school without looking back. She galloped her pony, and flew over jumps without an anxious thought. She charged into the sea and laughed at the waves.
She was a natural leader, the one everyone wanted as their friend; a pretty, sunny child with fair curls and a calm disposition that everyone liked.
Significantly, she was adored by her parents, and she hero-worshipped her father, Bruce Shand. He was a gentle soul, never judgmental, never sharp or disagreeable, but wise and thoughtful, funny, and always had time for her.
He was also very brave: in 1942, aged 25, he had won the Military Cross twice and been wounded and taken prisoner at the battle of El Alamein in North Africa.
A wine merchant who loved art and music as well as his horses, people immediately warmed to him, as they did to his wife Rosalind, who was big-bosomed, big-hearted, generous and tactile.
Although she dressed smartly in skirts and suits, with bright red lipstick, she was less conventional than she looked. She invariably had a small cigar in one hand, and liked her children’s friends to call her by her first name, which was unusual in the Fifties.