Facts about Prince Charles Love Life that Almost Destabilized the British Monarchy
Well it’s no news that royal families all across the world, especially the British royalty have always lived under the public scrutiny for time immemorial. One wrong move from any of the members and they are derided and insulted by the media and the gossip-hungry tabloids for months to come. Their lives have always been the proverbial “walking on broken eggshells “for the most of their lives. Amidst all this Prince Charles has been the favorite for all the paparazzi and gossip columns for decades now for his wildlife choices and scandalous lifestyle. In fact, it’s not just him but his siblings Anne and brother Andrew have been a source of livelihood to news tabloids and gossip journalist because of their antics and shocking acts….( like Princess Anne being kidnapped!). There was definitely nothing elegant about them for sure.
1He was a regular ladies man
Charles has always been the black sheep of the family and when he came of age he started a string of “rendezvous “with attractive British socialites before finally tying the knot with Princess Diana. But his philandering ways didn’t stop postnuptial. He carried on with Camilla Parker Bowles which was perhaps the most scandalous affair in the royal family and it really shook their credibility in the eyes of people. Similar to his great uncle Edward VII when he married the American divorcee Wallis Simpson and abdicated the throne for her! Charles eventual marriage with Camilla did not control the public antipathy towards him as the damage was already done. Here’s how Prince Charles almost destroyed the British monarchy.
2People felt Charles Would Follow in the Footsteps of Edward VIII
Only 2 generations prior to Charles, the entire Windsor dynasty was in doldrums due to the decision made by King Edward VIII, who decided to abdicate the British throne for his pursuit of love for Wallis Simpson. This scandal made the royalty lose their face to the world and they were determined that the same shall not occur again. So they banished Edward and Wallis and never allowed them to be the part of the family again. But young Charles was determined to meet up with his enigmatic uncle in Paris and was surprised that they were much content and happy with their lives. Needless to say this news didn’t bode well with the royalty as it meant their punishment backfired as Edward was still loved by his people. The family warned him against following his uncle’s footsteps but instead he saw them with affection and an inspiration, as someone who was not scared to pay the ultimate sacrifice for his love.
3Charles dated Diana’s older sister first
Prince Charles wedding with Diana Spencer or their first meeting was not any fairy tale, It wasn’t “love at first sight” either as Charles was nicely dating Sarah Spencer, Diana’s elder sister at the time. Weird as it may sound but it was Sarah who played the match makes between Charles and Diana when their courtship started in 1980 which led to their official wedding later on.
4His great uncle, Louis Mountbatten, wanted Charles to marry his cousin
A part of the grooming for becoming the future Monarch was selecting a perfect wife. It’s in this department that Lord Mountbatten, Charles’s great uncle took it on himself to find the perfect wife for Charles. He, in fact, encouraged Charles in his letters in 1974 to have as many affairs as he could before tying the knot! Maybe it was because of this ill advice that Charles bonded up with Camilla which went on for decades. Lord Mountbatten had his own vested interest here as he wanted Charles to marry his granddaughter Amanda who would have come through if Amanda’s mother did not put her foot down and declined the relation.
5Before marrying Diana, he dated over 20 women
Looking at Charles’ bachelor love life, one can clearly see Lord Mountbatten’s influence as his own father was not close with him. That gap was filled by his great uncle who was his guide throughout his prince hood. He followed his advice and started cavorting with numerous women and in no time became the Media darling and a blue boy for the press. Supposedly Charles dated 20 women before marrying Diana and no wonder the gossip columns all across Europe were having a field day thanks to his indiscretions. There were even rumors that Charles dated Barbara Streisand too!