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Old 07-15-2017, 04:38 AM
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I can't get that to work, it keeps jumping!! but I'd question these sorts of reports. it does seem pretty indisputable that Chas was almost caught making love to her outside at Balmoral or somewhere by press photographers.
So I realy doubt if he saw her as wife material, if he was that careless about her

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Old 07-15-2017, 04:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Osipi View Post
..... I know that even I would find it uncomfortable to be married to someone who had an already existing close circle of friends that I found not only totally different from myself but one my husband felt very at home with. It helps me to understand why Di had a huge "me vs. them" attitude when it came to Charles' free time and his friends.
That is an exellent observation!

Throw in the family she was marrying into (and the constant media attention that came with it), the 13 year age gap (which shouldn't matter if the situation is right), engagement at 19 and a husband whose emotional ties lay elsewhere, she did quite well to last as long as she did!

Diana came from the right background and was expected to conform with the reality of life at that level. She didn't and the rest is history.

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Old 07-15-2017, 02:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Osipi View Post
Just to clarify things. Camilla was never in her life Roman Catholic. She and Andrew married in a Catholic church and her children were raised Catholic but Camilla, herself, never converted from the Church of England.
I was not saying that Camilla was Catholic, I was making an illustration, I also included being a divorcee in my illustration and Camilla was not a divorcee in the 1970s.

Uncle "Dickie" Mountbatten was the person Charles listened to most when it came to relationships. Camilla and Charles spent quite a bit of time together at Broadlands back when they first met but Mountbatten didn't think that Camilla was "bride material" for Charles but rather good for sowing the wild oats.
To be sure Charles put a lot of stock in what Louis Mountbatten / Uncle Dickie thought and his advice but he was not a complete submissive. Fast forward to the late 1970s, that's when Charles was carrying on with married women like Camilla and Kanga Tryon, which distressed his great uncle tremendously because he feared that Charles could end up like his other great uncle, Edward VIII, and he did not mince words in the letters he sent Charles over the matter, nevertheless Charles continued on with his relationships with married women.

The point is moot anyways because even if Charles had gone the "non negotiable" route back in the 70s with Camilla, the chances of Camilla turning down Charles' proposal was good. She had her cap set at Andrew PB.
I agree. IMO Camilla setting her cap for Andrew Parker Bowles is really what torpedoed Charles and Camilla, Parte Une.

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I don't know what you mean by a PR problem. of course the reasoning behnd the idea was that if a woman had a sexual past, tthe press would get hold of it, and it would run stories and be embarrassing.
That's called a PR problem.

As we know from Davina Sheffield's boyfriend tattling to the papers..
which was why it was unlikely that a woman with a sexual past, like Cam would have been accepted by the queen as Charles' wife.
Queen who? Queen Elizabeth II? The woman who married a man that no one approved of. Come to think Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are a good illustration, just like with Charles, there was a sort of checklist of who would be a suitable mate for the then Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip did not meet the criteria, and yet the marriage took place.

if she was a divorced woman the same would have applied because as the future governor of the C of E, Charles could not, then have married a divorced woman because it would look bad..and the C of E would be unhappy with it.
My point, which it seems like you disagree with, is that marrying a woman with a past was problematic in that it posed a PR problem, but it was not on par with marrying a divorcee or a Catholic.

I have never heard of Charles' proposing to Anna Wallace. where did you read this story... because I don't believe that if he considered her as a serious candidate for his wife, he would have been so careless abuot her reputation that he would almost have been caught with her, in a semi naked state, outdoors.
It was reported by in the The Telegraph and the Daily Mail to name two. When I have seen write ups about Charles and Anna Wallace, I have seen more references to him proposing to her than references to the incident where they were nearly caught in an intimate moment.
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Old 07-15-2017, 02:19 PM
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well if you really think that the queen would have approved of the marriage to Camilla, I can't argue.
I've never seen any ref to Charles proposing to Anna, just refs to their rows about his dancing iwht Camilla and the incident where a photographer apparently managed to snap her where they had been making out, outdoors. I don't believe that the press would have metntoned that "embarrassing photo" if it didn't exist and I tend to like to see something in a book rather than the papers.
I wouldn't say that no one approved of Philip, clearly the King must have been ok with the match, or he would not have given permission. My impression was that some of the Palace old courters and some of the RF didn't like him because Phil was young and brash.. but that the Kings main objection was that his daughter was rather young..
But he was royal, related to the queen and knew what Royal life was like. He was intelligent and he was committed to the UK and had served in the armed forces... and the King was OK with him and gave permission.
I don't believe the queen would have agreed to Charles marrying a woman like Camilla in the 70s.
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Old 07-15-2017, 02:22 PM
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IIRC the 'courtiers' actively pushed titled Englishmen at Princess Elizabeth and strongly opposed her marrying a penniless/homeless foreigner. Her father wasn't too keen about it either except he knew Phillip made her happy and so he gave in.

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Old 07-15-2017, 02:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Dee Anna View Post
That is an exellent observation!

Throw in the family she was marrying into (and the constant media attention that came with it), the 13 year age gap (which shouldn't matter if the situation is right), engagement at 19 and a husband whose emotional ties lay elsewhere, she did quite well to last as long as she did!

She didn't really have a choice though Dee Anna. I have read that Diana talked about leaving C when Will was just a baby, that she was really unhappy that early on. however realistically, I think she knew that she could not walk out of this marriage in the way she could have, had Charles not been the POW.
I think that she problaby DID talk about leaving him, at least somewhere in the mid 80s at least and was probably told that it could not happen, that the marriage had to keep going.
I agree that yes she did find the Charles circle daunting, and after a bit of an effort to get on with them she soon returned to her old circle of friends and the two circles never really met. But IMO that even need not have been a problem or not a big one, had she and Charles not had an almost complete lack of meeting of minds.
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Old 07-15-2017, 03:05 PM
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I think we're getting off track here. Lets leave the C&D discussions to the appropriate threads? This is a good discussion and I'd hate to see it derailed and the mods close the thread.

Charles' circle of friends certainly were a closed knit bunch though. The friends he made, he kept and they remained fiercely loyal to him. They all enjoyed the same country pursuits, had round robins of house parties and Charles grew to depend on their advice quite a bit.
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Old 07-15-2017, 04:10 PM
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I think we would be getting OT if we go on about C's friends even! I don't know if Charles really depended on their advice that much. Reputedy, he asked friends what they thought of Diana and a few felt that she wasn't right for him and said so. But he still married her. Like most people, I think he does what he wants to.. even if he asks for advice. but yes I think they are loyal to him, they don't usualy talk to the media much, and they helped to conceal his affair with Camilla.

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