The idea that Queen Elizabeth meddled in Prince Charles’ early relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles is “ridiculous,” claims the royal biographer

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Queen Elizabeth II reportedly interfered in Prince Charles’ early relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles The crown. Season 3 of the Netflix drama implied that a secret meeting between senior royals in the early 1970s resulted in Camilla being forced to marry Andrew Parker Bowles instead of continuing her relationship with Charles. But according to a royal biographer, the idea of ​​the Queen interfering is “ridiculous”.

The crown The third-season episode, titled “Imbroglio,” dramatized the complex origins of Charles (Josh O’Conner) and Camilla’s (Emerald Fennell) relationship in the early 1970s. Viewers saw then-Camilla Shand first meet then-Prince Charles when she dated Andrew Parker Bowles (Andrew Buchan) intermittently for about five years.

To complicate matters, Andrew also dated Charles’ younger sister, Princess Anne (Erin Doherty). However, one detail that wasn’t quite right regarding the timeline portrayed in the Netflix series is that Camilla and Anne’s relationships with Andrew didn’t overlap.

Royal biographer Sally Bedell Smith told Vanity Fair that Anne and Andrew began dating in the summer of 1970, but only for a short time. She noted that they enjoyed each other’s company but were never able to marry because Andrew was Catholic.

Smith – the author of 2017 Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life — says Camilla didn’t meet Charles until the summer of 1972, which was long after Anne and Andrew’s romance ended. They were introduced by mutual friend Lucia Santa Cruz at her London flat.

Smith says Charles fell in love with Camilla immediately, but for her it was simply an affair with the Prince of Wales. Their relationship wasn’t as serious as it was in the 1970s The crown shown like this. And there was definitely no secret meeting between senior royals over the situation.

The crown dramatized a meeting between Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman), Prince Philip (Tobias Menzies), the Queen Mother (Marion Bailey) and Princess Anne, at which Anne stated that Camilla was in love with Andrew, not Charles.

Then the Queen Mother asked to meet Andrew and Camilla’s parents. Not long after, the couple married — and it didn’t seem like a coincidence. But according to Smith, “interfering like that is something the Queen would never do.”

“No one took the romance between Charles and Camilla seriously. They were kind of under the radar. The only one who really knew about it was [Charles’s great-uncle] Lord Mountbatten, and he encouraged it. He invited them to Broadlands together. But the idea of ​​the Queen and Queen Mother conspiring like that is ridiculous,” Smith said.

Smith insists it is “highly unlikely” that Queen Elizabeth knew of Charles and Camilla’s relationship at this point. And she says it’s common knowledge in British society that Camilla was in love with Andrew Parker Bowles.

She also revealed that Camilla and Andrew were pushed into the marriage by their fathers, not the royal family. Apparently, after seven years, Bruce Shand and Derek Parker Bowles were “fed up with Andrew’s foot grinds.”

So they published the engagement announcement in The Times on March 15, 1973 and forced Andrew to propose to her. Smith also noted that the Queen Mother invited her to Scotland for a weekend a few weeks after Camilla and Andrew’s wedding in August 1973.

All five seasons of The crown are now playing on Netflix.

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The idea that Queen Elizabeth meddled in Prince Charles’ early relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles is “ridiculous,” claims the royal biographer

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