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Everything you need to know about the relationship between Camilla Parker Bowles and Prince Charles

INSIDER Logo By Lara Walsh of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 23:  The love story of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles spans almost 50 years, but their journey to romance was hardly a conventional one. Years after first locking eyes in the early 1970s, the longtime friends struck up an unlikely relationship that would take a romantic turn while they were both married to other people - Camilla to Andrew Parker Bowles and Prince Charles to Princess Diana. News of their covert love affair was a scandal for the British monarchy, especially when Prince Charles announced that he would be divorcing Diana. The public backlash was swift and then magnified as the world mourned Princess Diana's untimely passing in 1997. Yet, since her marriage to Prince Charles in 2005, Camilla Parker Bowles has cemented her status as one of the royals and is now the Duchess of Cornwall.  Here's a complete timeline of the turbulent relationship between the longtime couple leading up to their 2005 nuptials.

The love story of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles spans almost 50 years, but their journey to romance was hardly a conventional one.

Years after first locking eyes in the early 1970s, the longtime friends struck up an unlikely relationship that would take a romantic turn while they were both married to other people - Camilla to Andrew Parker Bowles and Prince Charles to Princess Diana. News of their covert love affair was a scandal for the British monarchy, especially when Prince Charles announced that he would be divorcing Diana.

The public backlash was swift and then magnified as the world mourned Princess Diana's untimely passing in 1997.

Yet, since her marriage to Prince Charles in 2005, Camilla Parker Bowles has cemented her status as one of the royals and is now the Duchess of Cornwall.

Here's a complete timeline of the turbulent relationship between the longtime couple leading up to their 2005 nuptials.

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