Camilla was not the villain in Charles and Dianas marriage, says expert

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, was not the “villain” in Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s marriage, according to a royal expert.

Charles and Camilla’s close relationship has always been a talking point, even during his marriage to Diana.

The Prince of Wales first met Camilla at a polo match in Windsor in the late 70s but both went on to marry other people.

Camilla was already in a relationship with Andrew Parker-Bowles when they were first introduced, who she eventually married in 1973.

Charles would then meet Diana when she was 16 in November 1977, while he was dating her older sister Lady Sarah.

Diana’ even spoke about Camilla’s involvement in their marriage during a BBC Panorama interview in 1995.

She said: “There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.”

Expert Britani Barger, Deputy Editor of Royal Central, has defended Camilla and believes the couple would have been together from the start.

She claims the Royal Family would not allow them to be together in the early days.

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Writing for Royal Central, Ms Barger said: “For decades, many have painted the Duchess of Cornwall as a villain cast opposite of Diana’s hero. It is past time for that narrative to stop.

“We see her as the other woman, running around with the Prince of Wales while he was married to Diana.

“It is important to remember that these two loved each other from the beginning, and it was the Royal Family who would not allow them to be together.

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“If they had had it their way, they would have been married to each other from the beginning.

“Now, I’m not condoning an extramarital affair, but there is more to this story than gets reported.”

Prince Charles and Camilla celebrate their 17th wedding anniversary today, although the mood is set to be one of sadness after sharing the occasion with the death of his father Prince Philip.

The Duke of Edinburgh passed away on the couple’s wedding anniversary last year.

The Royal Family came together last month to pay tribute to Philip at a memorial service at Westminster Abbey.

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