Royal shock: how Charles and Camilla planned the spectacular & # 039; announcement before Diana's death

Prince Charles et Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are now married and celebrate their 14th Anniversary Anniversary in April. However, in the difficult months and years that followed death of Princess Diana it was hard to imagine that the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall would ever have a day Queen permission to marry. In fact, Camilla should have been accepted earlier in the royal bosom, because the prince intended to publicly announce this relationship with an appearance at a glittering charity gala.

The royal biographer Penny Junor, in her 2005 book "The Firm," Charles and Camilla intended to reveal their relationship with the world before the sudden tragedy of the August 31 1997.

Ms. Junor writes, "Before Diana's death, they were about to go out.

"[Camilla's]] the birthday party at Highgrove went well; Meanwhile, Diana was attracting more and more hostile publicity because of her flirtatious behavior in the South of France with Dodi al Fayed.

(PR consultant) Alan Kilkenny was helping Camilla out of the shadows.

Prince Charles and Camilla; Princess Diana (Image: Getty)

Camilla Parker Bowles and Prince Charles

Camilla and Charles photographed in 1996 (Image: Getty)

"They were two weeks away from a spectacular fundraising night for the National Osteoporosis Society at Sister Annabel's antiques store in Dorset.

"700 invitations had been sent to 100 £ per unit, and although nothing was official, plans for the prince to make a surprise visit to the party.

"It would have been a giant step on the way to make Camilla a legitimate part of the prince's life - the phrase he repeated - that was his ultimate goal.

"But all these plans were stopped this Sunday in August when the British were alarmed to learn that Diana, Princess of Wales, had been killed in a car accident."

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Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles

Charles and Camilla photographed together for the first time in 1999 (Image: Getty)

After the tragic turn of events, Charles and Camilla would no longer be seen together in public before 1999.

Ms. Junor, in her biography of 2017 entitled "The Duchess", also explains how Camilla had to be introduced slowly and cautiously - and to the royal family - in these difficult years

She writes, "The queen wanted [Camilla] to leave before Diana died and she did not feel any different after that.

"It was nothing personal. She had loved Camilla a lot during all the years she had been married to Andrew, but it was Camilla who was responsible, knowingly or not, for all the disasters that occurred to the prince since his marriage. "

However, Ms. Junor writes, "[Charles] clearly explained to anyone who heard that Camilla was a non-negotiable part of his life."

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Prince Charles and Camilla

Charles and Camilla photographed at Birkhall, in the area of ​​Balmoral, where they currently reside with the queen (Image: Getty)

Prince Charles and Camilla (Image: Getty)

Meanwhile, biographer Andrew Morton, in his 2011 book "William and Catherine," says that the Prince William has been used strategically by Clarence House to gain positive coverage of Camilla as Charles' new partner.

Mr. Morton writes: "While William instinctively wanted to be left alone, Camilla deliberately kept a low profile, as the courtiers carefully introduced her into the world.

Prince William was, as Diana's former private secretary, Patrick Jephson, who in fact served as a "human shield," reports on the young prince being communicated for favorable coverage by Charles and Camilla. "

Mr. Morton also writes how William's acceptance was crucial in paving the way for the public's attitude towards Camilla.

Chronology of Charles and Camilla [19659036] Chronology of Charles and Camilla (Image: DX)

He continues: "The decisive moment was the first meeting between William, whose appearance and manners made him the living incarnation of the dead princess and her rival, Charles's mistress.

"His meeting finally took place a few days before his sixteenth birthday, Friday, June 12, at the Palais Saint-Jacques. "

Penny Junor, royal author, in her biography of 2017, "The Duchess", writes that this first meeting "surprised them all".

Ms. Junor writes: "Camilla was with (personal assistant) Amanda and felt resolutely anxious, like everyone else."

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The Prince of Wales and Camilla at this year's parade (Image: Getty)

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"About half an hour later, Camilla came to say," I need a gin and tonic! "" [19659004] A few weeks later, William had asked Camilla to join him with Charles and Harry on a holiday in the Mediterranean.

Mr. Morton writes, "The signs were clear. The presence of the young prince in Camilla's company was a pardon, because it was perceived as a transgression.

"For the media and the public, the subtext was obvious: if William could forgive, so could the rest of the world. "

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