The New Sibling Relationships of Prince William and Prince Harry
It’s no secret that Prince Charles held a flame for his first love during his marriage to Princess Diana. Their relationship was stressed with tabloid publications and multiple affairs. The best thing out of their marriage was their two sons, William and Harry. Both Princes live high profile lives followed closely by the British people. But there's a part of the story that we didn't know about until now.
A Swing And A Miss
Before Charles was married to Diana he met Camilla Shand at a polo match in 1970. The pair hit it off and started dating right away. The pair dated for a year until Charles was called to start his Navy service. With their relationship cut short, they decided to remain friends. Camilla went on to marry Andrew Parker-Bowles in 1973, and Charles married Diana Spencer in 1981
Camilla and her husband became close friends with Charles while he was a bachelor. The men often played polo together, and The couple accompanied him to Zimbabwe in 1980. During this trip, Andrew was head of Charles security and Camilla was titled his official escort. As part of her official duties, she got on a buffalo to test the safety before the Prince. She was thrown off and sustained mild injuries, but also prevented the Prince from the same fate. The pair were so close that Charles asked for Camilla’s advice before proposing to Diana in 1981.
Two Princes And Their Royal Roots
Charles threw himself into royal responsibility and became a father. Prince William was born in 1982, and Prince Harry shortly after in 1984. Camilla lingered in his mind but he didn’t want to risk divorce or upsetting his young bride. At the time, you could not remarry due to the Church of England’s views on divorce. Charles felt trapped but understood he was born into a role for his country. He would keep this mindset for five years until he couldn’t resist any longer.
Three’s A Crowd
The royal couple separated in 1992 and in 1995 Diana gave a bombshell interview. The year before Charles had admitted to being in an extramarital affair but, in this 1995 interview, Diana said she knew the whole time! This famous quote rocked a nation, “Well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded." The same year as the interview Camilla and her husband divorced.
A Candle In The Wind
After Diana’s tragic and surprising death, Charles was focused on helping his sons to deal with his grief. The British public was highly critical of all movements from the royal family and was disappointed at the lack of communication specifically from the Queen.
In 1998 and 1999 Camilla was introduced to Prince William and Prince Harry. Prince Charles’s original plan was to wait longer due to the son's grief. Prince William was sixteen at the time and decided that he wanted to meet Camillia. After he voiced his decision, Prince Harry also met Camilla shortly after. Charles and Camilla also began to go out in public more. Charles organized Camilla’s 50th birthday party, but the Queen did not attend. Eventually, the couple dreamed of acceptance from the public and their families.
The Princes Pipe Up
There was one approval they didn’t have to stress about. William and Harry have both publicly said they approve of Charles & Camilla’s relationship. They both just want their dad to be happy and as Harry said, “she’s not the wicked stepmother.” Would both boys remain supported as their families continued to blend?
Camilla had been married for twenty-one years and had two children with her previous husband Andrew Parker-Bowles. Was this going to upset the perfect balance and acceptance Charles and Camilla had achieved? As Camilla had always been in the Prince’s life, her children figured out early on they would prefer to be in the shadows.
Camilla’s Son: Tom Parker-Bowles
Camilla’s son is food critic Tom Parker-Bowles. He has published cookbooks and also been a guest judge on cooking shows! When he thinks back to this childhood, he grew up thinking it was normal to have paparazzi follow you around, and remembers counting the ones he would see as a game.
Camellia’s Daughter: Laura Lopes
Laura is her brother’s opposite and prefers to stay off-camera and live a quiet life. The mom of three is an art curator and remembers getting into fights with Prince William when they first met. We can assume they have patched up since, but Laura would prefer not to be in magazines and stays clear of events.
One Big Happy Family
The family has been a united front and spotted at multiple functions and weddings. It seems all the drama from when they met as children is behind them. Laura’s daughter was even a bridesmaid at William & Kate’s wedding. Camilla credits her family for keeping her sane through all the years prior to her marital bliss.
Starting Their Own Families
Both Harry and William have started their own families. William now has three children with his wife Kate. Their children are George (7), Charlotte (5), and Louis (2). All of William’s children come before Prince Harry in line for the throne. There is added pressure to make sure George understands his future responsibilities but it is something his parents are trying to avoid. They want to make sure he has a fun and normal childhood before realizing he is third in line for the crown.
Don’t forget Archie
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan welcomed their first child on May 6, 2019. His full name is Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. His hyphenated last name represents the full name of the monarchy. He is currently sixth in line for the throne. He will not have the same pressures as his cousins considering how much further in rank he falls.
Leading The Way Into A Bright Family Future
The Royal family seems stronger than ever, with new marriages and a bigger acceptance of the past. The future is exceptionally bright for the next generation of royals! William and Harry have had to overcome so much, they know resilience and positivity will get them through.
What did you think about learning Camilla has children from her previous marriage? We can imagine all the children meeting when they were younger and the stress of trying to get along. All royal families seem to have a little bit of family drama every year, but it makes them more relatable to the public. We can't forget underneath the crown are regular people struggling with parenting and the stress of public life. We hope the British Royal Family can have a blissful decade and beyond. We can’t wait to see how all the royal kids grow up and watching William & Harry as dads! Share the news of William and Harry’s step-sister with your friends and comment below on your favorite new royal is!